Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 17.6.08, Morning

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Yael P., Rachel A. (reporting)

Translator:  Charles K.

8:15   Za'tara/Tapuach intersection: 
About ten cars waiting from the west, and about 20 from the direction of Huwwara.  Dozens of bus riders have been taken off to be checked, and they're waiting for the check to be completed.

Beit Furik

The checkpoint looks as if its abandoned.  A few Hummers are standing at the intersection.  There are no cars in the "parking lot," and even the coffee stand is empty.  No one is going through, no soldiers at the checkpoint.  The soldiers slowly arrive, as well as a few Palestinians. 
After a few questions it turns out that Beit Furik has been under curfew since midnight.  A military operation that began last night.  The village is completely closed off.  The soldiers say they didn't sleep at all last night. 
A taxi comes from the direction of Beit Dajan and its passengers pass through the checkpoint.

9:00  Huwwara

Everything as usual.  The market is operating.  A fair number of people entering.  Three lanes are open, as well as a humanitarian lane.  The magnemometer is operating.  About 30 people waiting.

The soldiers behave reasonably.  The DCO representative and the checkpoint commander, A., say that they didn't sleep all night either.  The ground behind the checkpoint is being cleared.  It turns out that a new checkpoint will be built there, more elaborate, like at Beit Iba.

10:00  We return to Beit Furik.  The military operation in the village is continuing.