'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah)
By the calendar, today is ‘Naksa Day’ – marking the 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestine – but there is no sign of this on the ground.
6:15 – Azzun Atme – no workers waiting to cross the checkpoint. The artillery soldiers present say there were many workers earlier but they got through the inspection rapidly. Indeed a large group on the “Israeli” side stand waiting for the contractors who are late coming to pick them up. A group of workers dressed in orange disembark from an Israeli minivan, having finished their night-shift, returning to the village through the vehicle gate.
6:25 Shomron crossing checkpoint: no police on the road leading out of Israel. Very little traffic.
6:45 Za'tara/Tapuach checkpoint: unmanned. The Nahal soldiers standing at the car park told us that the Border Policeman wounded a few days ago is recovering. In Huwwara town, two army vehicles stand at the roadside.
Huwwara: one day after the funeral of the cell phone merchant, the street slowly awakens. Charred remains of tires angrily burnt a day before are still lining the street.
Yitzhar/Burin checkpoint: military vehicle parked on the side of the road.
7:20 Beit Fourik checkpoint: unmanned
7:25 Awarta: the yellow metal arm blocks passage.
7:30 Huwwara checkpoint: unmanned, the car park empty. No light in the watchtower. A while after passing Azoun we got stuck in a huge traffic jam. Various rescue vehicles were streaming to the site but the police hotline 100 knew nothing of the incident.
After about half an hour we turned back and returned through Ariel settlement. Later we heard there had been a truck accident. Nothing was reported on the radio.
Shomron crossing checkpoint; traffic flows, as it does along road no. 5.