Beit Furik, Huwwara, Tue 29.7.08, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
An ordinary, routine morning. No delays on the way. The roads aren't crowded. The villages that are always blocked off - are blocked off today as well. And what is usually open, is also open today. (By the way, at the Yitzhar intersection, which was open today without a Hummer, and with nothing threatening, we saw work in progress that may be evidence of future plans...)
First we drove to Beit Furik.
The soldiers nodded in response to our "hello," and otherwise ignored us. People go through in a reasonable amount of time. 2 checking lanes. The vehicle lane also works pretty fast, and "pleasantly." One detainee, soon released. We don't know how long he had been detained.
The soldiers didn't look pleased when we arrived, except for the DCO representative, no one returned our greeting. They also didn't interfere, except once when they reminded us about the blue line (which was later forgotten, and we stood wherever we wished), and once when a soldier came over to us and asked politely if we are permitted to take photographs, and accepted our answer without question.
Two detainees in the isolation cell (both in the same cell). The friend of one asked for our help, but we couldn't assist (especially since we had heard earlier that a soldier said they came up on the computer).
He told us they come through every day on their way to swimming lessons in Huwwara. Later, after speaking to the DCO on site (when it seemed to us that it was taking too long for a computer check), it turned out that an acquaintance of their had called Miki, who got Z., the DCO, working, and one was, in fact, released, but Z. explained to us that he had already told the person many times what he had to do in order not to be stopped (go to the DCO representative, etc.), and regarding the second detainee - he's being punished for repeatedly causing disorder in the parking area with his peddler's cart, and endangers the people there.
Except for these two cases, things in general went pretty quietly and smoothly. Three lanes were open. The usual humanitarian lane, no one raising their voice, not even the female MP's. Only toward the end of our stay there the x-ray machine was turned on. We saw a dog handler, but she wasn't working. Cars also went through quickly, without delay.
Thanks to Miki, who despite all the difficult incidents, and although it seemed that she "threw in the towel," she still responds and helps.
We left slightly after 10:00. It looked as if, under Z.'s supervision, and because of the calm work of the soldiers, things are OK. ("OK"?..)