Beit Furik, Habla, Huwwara, Jit Junction, Za'tara (Tapuah)

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Michal Ben-Gira, Fathiya (reporting); Translator:  Charles K.

Habla, Madama, Burin, Huwwara, Beit Furik, Za’tara

14:00  Habla.  Very sparse traffic; the only vehicles are from the plant nurseries.  Everyone’s harvesting olives.

14:35  Jit junction.  The emplacement is manned.  Five soldiers on foot patrol along the road by Havvat Gil’ad.

14:50  Madama.  People haven’t begun harvesting olives yet.  They plan on Saturday to go to their northern groves, in the direction of the Beracha settlement.  They still haven’t received permits from the DCL.  They were told they’d receive them only after October 20.

The municipalities and local councils submit applications in bulk, as they do in Burin.

15:15  Huwwara.  Soldiers stood next to the observation tower.  Inspection at the checkpoint begins after 16:00.

15:20.  Beit Furik.  Light taxi traffic.  Soldiers in the guard tower.

15:45  Za’tara.  Only one lane open so it was very congested.  The traffic jam started back at Huwwara’s main street.  Many soldiers wandered around the checkpoint area.  The emplacements were manned, soldiers and police inspected a Palestinian vehicle.

Soldiers manned all the bus stops.

16:00  Ariel junction.  Soldiers manned the bus stops.  All the bus stops at the traffic light at Mas'ha junction were also manned.

Munir told us by phone that he’s in the village of Makhmas with Rabbis for Human Rights, next to the Mikhmash settlement.  Settlers took over village land to expand the settlement.

He also told us that Thursday, September 30, he happened to pass the village of Yatma and saw settlers picking the olives.  He photographed them and sent the photos to the heads of the villages who immediately called the police and accompanied them to the grove.

The police arrested the settlers and returned the olives to their owners.