Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), יום ד' 4.2.09, בוקר

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Edna K., and Naomi L. (reporting)

Translation:  Suzanne O.


Za'atra/Tapuach Junction

7:00 a.m. 

Traffic flows in spite of a lengthy queue from the direction of Nablus.  A bus is stopped for inspection without its passengers alighting; it continues on its way 5 minutes later, a rare sight.



7:40 a.m. 

A representative of the World Council of Churches, a member of the group of volunteers living in Yanun, welcomes us and explains the reason for the light traffic of pedestrians and vehicles.

An important professor from Nablus University has died and the university is closed for two days of mourning.

The DCO representative joins us, introduces himself and offers to help whenever necessary...

Between Huwwara roadblock and Huwwara village we came across a snap roadblock near Borin/Yitzhar Junction.  The Border Police have never welcomed us and are certainly never pleasant towards Palestinians.  Two small cars are being given an exaggeratedly thorough inspection, seemingly humiliating.  Our intervention caused threats of: "we will arrest you", but at any rate appeared to hasten the process.

We left at 11:00 a.m.