Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 4.11.08, Afternoon

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Petahya A., Chana C. (reporting)

Translator:  Charles K.

14:25  Za'tara:  About ten vehicles waiting at the checkpoint, going north.

15:10  Huwwara: 
The checkpoint isn't crowded.  We were told that there are elections on campus today. 
The usual routine:  the men near us put their belts back on in the improvised dressing room, the women who went through the humanitarian lane stand waiting, the female soldier doing the inspections yells "Hey - you buddy" . Otherwise, the checkpoint is undergoing renovation.  A military vehicle carrying equipment blocks the road, and the Palestinian cars wait.  Finally its decided they'll bypass it and use a different lane. 
But the order that's given isn't to make it easy for them and let them through one at a time, but to wait until a small convoy forms and then start dealing with them.

Meanwhile, nearby, Huwwara is being strengthened:  the workers are building giant iron cages for their brothers.

16:00  Beit Furik. 
The checkpoint is pretty empty.  The commander comes over to us for a friendly conversation, and to make clear to us amiably why we're a public menace (his concern for our safety comes at the expense of national security).