Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), יום ב' 14.7.08, בוקר

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Frances T., and Moria P. (reporting)

Translation:  Suzanne O.




The barrier is closed.


7:35 a.m. 

There are 16 vehicles.  The traffic flows and the crossing takes about 10 seconds per car.  Two positions are open, the dog handler is present and she inspects taxis.  It takes 3 minutes for a bus to cross.

Beit Furiq

7:55 a.m.

There are 3 cars in the queue.  One lane is open for traffic in both directions, it takes about half a minute to inspect a car on its way into Nablus and for those leaving it takes a minute.

As we arrived we saw a queue of about 15 persons. They all crossed without being inspected.


8:45 a.m. 

There are two vehicles at the entrance to Nablus, one at the exit.  Two positions are open.  We did not stop.


8:50 a.m. 

There is no queue.  According to the roadblock commander they have had no electricity since about 7 o'clock.  At first there was a bit of a muddle but now everything has been sorted out and the inspections are done manually.

In spite of the fact that there is no electricity, and thus no magnometer, people leave the roadblock with their belts in their hands.  Those for whom the roadblock is a daily routine in their lives automatically take off their belts...

There are also no bins.  Three attempts to find out why only resulted in compliments ("Good question") but no answers.  One day they simply disappeared.


10:00 a.m. 

There are five cars awaiting inspection.  We did not stop.