Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 13.12.07, Afternoon
14.34 Zeita is closed.
At Za'tara no waiting and one checkpoint area, From the north 2 checking areas and 70 cars waiting.
We informed the centre and U. promised to check.
At Yitzhar there is a Hummer and a tractor levelling the area.
A young man and an older one are detained. The older man had taken his vehicle on a Jewish road which he had chosen as he had a very heavy load to deliver which would have been difficult along the way through Huwwara and Awarta. He was told that he would be detained for 6 hours but was freed sooner.
We tried to persuade the representative of the DCO that at least now after the punishment he would let him go through the short way but this did not enter his mind at all.
A young man had not wanted to go to the x-ray machine without his id and preferred to sit in the isolation and he was also freed sooner.
3 checking areas for men and the x-ray device was not working. IDs, parcels and a body search.
About 170 people wait in lines with a side lane. 2 checking areas for cars and a permit needed to enter. Careful checking.
We leave two members of the Ecumenical council whom we have met a number of times. They are going back to their homes in Poland. They say the atmosphere at the checkpoint is different today because the soldiers are not so violent and aggressive.
16.10 Beit Furik.
Police tell us not to pass the white line and not to make problems and go on their way. No pressure or detainees. We cannot see where the line from Nablus ends. We could see cars were not being checked but not why this was so. We stop a Hummer and ask why this is so and the captain says there must be a reason but that we have nothing to do with the handling of the checkpoint. We phone the centre and ask R. to check and soon the checking starts up again but the soldiers take their time and there are intervals of waiting.
15 cars and a Hummer and this also at the checkpoint on road 60 but cars are not stopped.
Za'tara about 30 cars in both directions and at Zeita the entrance is closed. We stop at the side of the road and see a Hummer and two soldiers on the road below.