Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 5.8.08, Morning
Translation: Ruth F.
7:30- Za'tara checkpoint- there were 12 vehicles on the way to Jerusalem.
7:35- Huwwara checkpoint-
About 50 people were in line. There were two inspection posts open.
The average waiting time was of 10 minutes.
8:00- Beit Furik-
Only few people were heading to Nablus. The soldiers were happy to talk with us even though their bottom line was that the checkpoint must continue to exists as it guards Jewish souls from terrorists trying to pass with explosives ( they are sure that the exit from Nablus towards Beit Furik leads to Israel).
In spite of that, the Golani soldiers were courteous and the atmosphere was accordingly.
The Palestinians said that the soldiers at the checkpoint "were alright", and that there was a rumor that they were going to take that checkpoint down.
Trucks were passing in both directions and there was no line. The soldiers were from the same Golani unit.
9:15- Huwwara- There were about 70 people in line. There were no hold ups.
9:50- Za'tara checkpoint- 8 vehicles were in line to Jerusalem.
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