'Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah)

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Esti V., Nava A., Translator: Judith Green


Oranit, Huwarra, Awarta, Beit Furik


On the way, we saw a lot of squill  (plant that signals the arrival of autumn) and a lot of soldiers.


07:50 Oranit

Gate 1447/1448 was already open.  The soldiers were passing the Palestinians through.  The building contractors' vehicles were going back and forth to take the workers to the center of Oranit.


The computer of the Military Police has been repaired and every worker is registered.


The Military Police officer does not allow us to get near the female soldiers or the gate, but ask us to stand on the side.  The Palestinians go by without complaint, except for one who was upset that his son, 13 yrs. old, was sent back home.  It turned out that he had to have a separate permit from that of his father.


08:15  Two tractors went through and the gate closed.


Shomron Gate:  traffic is flowing.


08:50  Za'atra/Tapuah:  not operating.


At Huwarra, there were a lot of military vehicles, apparently as a response to the throwing of stones and the shots which have become frequent recently.


Yizhar/Burin:  no military presence.


09:20  Beit Furik:  the checkpoint is not manned.

In the village, we photographed the renewed portrait of Saddam Hussein.


Awarta:  as usual, the yellow arm blocks the entire passageway.


09:35  Huwarra checkpoint:  a soldier looks over from the tower at the checkpoint.  Another  soldier is on the tower opposite the hitch-hiking area.


09:45  Za'atra/Tapuah:  not manned.


Shomron Gate:  traffic is flowing.