Haris, Huwwara, Kifl Harith, Qira, Za'tara (Tapuah)

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Natalie Cohen, Naomi Bentsur (reporting), Nadim (driving) Translator: Charles K.

/Haris, Qira, Kifl Harith, Tapuach junction, Huwwara


09:00  We left from the Rosh Ha’ayin train station.

09:30  Haris.  We had intended to have a small farewell party before the Ramadan vacation but only three women await us at the club.  The others went to Nablus.  We held class as usual despite the meager attendance.  Before the lesson began we discussed what occurred last night, when soldiers raided the village.  We had the impression they didn’t want to elaborate on the painful subject so we began the Hebrew lesson.  They’d done their homework very well – to write interrogatory sentences.  It’s interesting that they make almost no spelling errors.  Today’s topic: seasons and fruits.  The mood improves when they see how similar the names of fruits are in Hebrew and Arabic.  At the end of class we have a little party, including Natalie and Nadim, with refreshments and drinks we’ve brought.  The women describe customs related to the fast and we part wishing them an easy fast and a happy Ramadan.  We hope our wishes will help.


10:30  We leave Haris, drive via Kifl Harith, Qira.  Passersby tell us the army hadn’t raided their villages, and it’s quiet, other than occasional military vehicles patrolling. 

The checkpoint at Huwwara is open; we see no soldiers there.  We see one soldier in the observation tower.

The Tapuach junction is also quiet.  Traffic flows, vehicles aren’t inspected.  A large group of settlers stand at the side of the road to the bus stop, hitchhiking.  A police jeep parked nearby, and an armed soldier, are apparently responsible for security.


11:00  Back to Haris.  We drive on after the party.  Again we see no military vehicles or soldiers.


11:30  Back to Rosh Ha’ayin.