Azzun, Beit Iba, Jit, Mon 7.4.08, Afternoon

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Observers: Elisheva A., Ziona S. (reporting) Guest: Dalila Translation: Judith

 Beit Iba. Reserve soldiers are manning the checkpoint.  Today the small number of people characterized the crossing of the checkpoint.  The reason is not clear. 

15:30 – 8 vehicles at the entrance to Nablus, and also at the exit.   On the path between the lines there is a dog trainer with a dog, and next to her a number of Military Policemen.  A donkey is pulling a small wagon at the entrance to Nablus, and on it a number of baskets.  The dog trainer brings over the dog onto the wagon. We stood on the southern side of the checkpoint, from which it is possible to look both at the checkpoint exit for pedestrians and also at the vehicles leaving Nablus.  Very quickly, the checkpoint commander approached us and asked us to go over to the cement blocks.  We didn't argue with him since, in any case, we had already got a good picture of what was going on. In the humanitarian line were about 50 people going through relatively quickly.  In the line for the turnstiles, a smaller number than usual of people, already well-accustomed to the procedure of inspection.  Bags, documents, taking off of belts, turning around, sometimes taking off shoes.  Everyone leaves the turnstiles with their belts in their hands.

 16:15 – J'it Junction is open.

 16:25 – Next to the Rose House there is a number of youths playing soccer.  The "Shvut Ami" has disappeared, but there is a poster "Continuing to Build the Land of Israel" still on the side of the hill.  Also the wall and the blocks of sand at Azzun are still there.