'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah)

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Observing and reporting: Esti W., Nava E. Translator: Charles K.

Spring has come to the roads of the West Bank.  Everything is green.


06:30  ‘Azzun ‘Atma.  The checkpoint is “good” today.  No one is waiting on line.  Soldiers from the artillery tell us it’s not because fewer laborers are crossing (after all, construction in the settlements hasn’t stopped) but because they’re managing the checkpoint “like clockwork.”  They say that because everyone goes through quickly there are almost no people so impatient they try to sneak through holes in the fence.


Shomron crossing.  No police at the exit from Israel.  No congestion at the entrance.


07:05  Za’tara/Tapuach.  The checkpoint isn’t manned.  Heavy traffic toward the checkpoint from Huwwara.


Yitzhar/Burin checkpoint.  No military activity.  We looked for signs of a curfew imposed on Burin but everything seemed normal.


07:40  Beit Furik.  The checkpoint isn’t manned.  Signs there’d been a fire at the base of the guard tower.  A large “Boycott Israel” scrawled on the concrete.


07:50  Awarta.  The yellow bar still blocks access to the isolated house.


07:55  Huwwara.  The checkpoint isn’t manned; the parking lot is deserted.


Two soldiers stand at the road up to Beracha.


08:10  Za’tara/Tapuach.  Not manned.



Shomron crossing:  Traffic flows.