Beit Iba, Shave Shomron, Mon 15.9.08, Morning

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Osnat R. Ronnie S. (reporting); Natanya translating.

Beit Iba Checkpoint

7.35 Very quiet. The silence is strange. When we arrived no cars exiting or entering. Later now and again at the exit there is a bus and the IDs of the passengers are checked, which stops the traffic. But because there are not many cars the delay is not long.  At the pedestrian line those entering the city are not checked, but because the Palestinians do not know this they wait until a wave of the hand passes them through.

14.00 Waves of students arrive.There is one detainee, a taxi driver who, the commander says, interfered at the pedestrian crossing. The  military policeman  T. says he will be freed soon.
8.20 We leave.

We went to Shavei Shomron and saw that the traffic was flowing. Next to the blocked road to Naqura was a Hummer with soldiers watching the passage of cars on road 60.  Two soldiers come out of the settlement to ask who we are and what we are doing here.
We go on to Anabta.