Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 10.2.08, Morning
Translation: Maureen A.
7:45 - Za'tara Junction
28 cars are in line from the west, 28 cars from the north.
The Checkpoint Commander (from a reserves unit) is friendly and to the point, telling us that the over-loaded situation has been caused by stricter security checks, due to warnings; no passage is being permitted for those coming from the Jenin and Tulkarm direction (segregation).
8:15 - Beit Furik Checkpoint
Drivers complain about long periods of waiting. One of them says he's been waiting in his truck since 7:00.
We stand behind the white line. The Checkpoint Commander, in a very authoritarian tone, sends us to stand farther off on the side of the road, since, he claims, "there has been trouble".
There is no line where the pedestrians cross.
8:30 - Awarta Checkpoint
Even as we come close in our car, the Checkpoint Commander sends out of the parking area near the checkpoint.
8:40 - Huwwara Checkpoint
There are only a few people crossing. There's a slight crowding at the turnstile going into Nablus.
Not only does the Checkpoint Commander, D., not chase us away, for a change, but he comes over, introduces himself, and says we should come to him with any problems.
The checkpoint-routine is running with no unusual incidents.
10:15 - Za'tara Checkpoint
9 cars from the west and 6 from Nablus.