Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), יום א' 11.5.08, בוקר
Translation: Suzanne O.
There are no vehicles from the west.
A bus enters the inspection area few minutes.
The soldiers: Air Force reservists. The commander: A., talks to us readily.
While we were there another two buses arrive, they too leave after the driver's documents are checked.
The roadblock at Yitzhar is not open.
There are two cars at the roadblock and a sprinkling of pedestrians.
There are no lorries. The roadblock commander is quick to get rid of us, because our presence at the roadblock is ‘problematic' he said, without elaborating.
The car park is full of life, taxis sound their horns, the market is busy.
There are about 50 people at the turnstiles. There are three inspection lanes. The people at the turnstiles appear to be impatient; we spoke to someone leaving who told us that it had taken him half an hour to cross. The commander, A., treats us as if we are invisible. The DCO representative, H., avoids us.
A group of 8 youngsters is standing at the exit from the roadblock, waiting. It turns out that their I.D. cards have been taken away. One of them is taken to the Humanitarian Point and inspected at its doorway by the commander, a thorough body inspection. It is really ironic to watch the inspection involving the person raising his arms against the wall of the building while the sign ‘Humanitarian Point, is proudly located above him. Later the youngster is taken behind the building, obviously so that we cannot see what is happening, but he is returned to the door of the building, sits on the steps with the commander beside him talking on the phone for a long time, apparently conferring in connection with the boy.
The boy is released and another one is taken for a similar inspection. We go to H., from the DCO. We want to know what is going on here. He unwillingly says that he does not know.
Each boy is inspected, one after the other, plus another four young men who arrived at the roadblock later.
There are two inspection lanes; there are 25 - 30 people at the roadblock.
A coach with schoolchildren is on its way to Nablus, it has a sign ‘American School' on it and it crosses with no inspection.
We left the roadblock.
There are 22 vehicles in the queue.