Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Habla, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah)

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Esti Weingarten and Fathiya (Reporting); Translator: Hanna K.

13:20 - Habla – All it quiet, the soldiers are bored, there are almost no people.

14:00  - Jit intersection – the post is manned.

14:20 – Burin – the post near the school is manned. On the way we visited Doha who picked olives in a plot near the main road at Burin. Marianna from Italy and Morsy from Holland came to her help.

Morsy told us that on Saturday 4.9 he had gone to help picking olives in a plot between Burin and Huwwara. The “hill lads” from Yitzhar had descended on them and had begun throwing stones at them and cursing them, disturbing them in their work. The Palestinians, owners of the plot, had tried to push them back. In the meantime a border police jeep had arrived. Two policemen had descended from it and had turned to Marianna and Morsey and asked them to leave the plot as it was forbidden for them to be there. Morsy had talked with them quietly and had told them: Instead of abusing these people stop these youngsters. The policemen had seemed ashamed and had tried to talk with the settlers and convince them to leave the place.

14:45 – Huwwara. The CP wasn’t manned but there was a horrible traffic jam near the square.

15:00 – Beit Furik –At the entrance to the village there was a military jeep. We stopped at the side of the road, vis a vis to see what was happening. In the meantime four additional jeeps and a tender arrived and entered the village. The first jeep remained behind. Then another jeep arrived and stopped in front of us.  A soldier descended from it, came to us and asked politely whether we needed help. We asked what was happening and why the soldiers entered the village. He said that there were youngsters creating havoc, throwing stones, burning tires near the Itamar settlement, from the direction of the village. He began asking who were were and what our mission was. We answered that we were against the occupation and he asked where we lived. Esti  said she was from Hertzliya and I said from Tira. To our surprise he asked a very embarrassing question – he told Esti and you don’t live in an occupied territory? Hertzliya is also occupied territory, it was occupied in 48, you too should leave your home and rturn it to the Palestinians. And to me he said you live in a Palestinian village as if you were an occupier. When I told him that I was from a family of refugees which had been expelled from its village in 48 he was shocked. And then suddenly he began asking questions, why we had left and who had expelled us, and a long conversation ensued. He came to the conclusion that the whole of the State of Israel was occupied territory.

He asked us to leave as it was dangerous. I insisted that was going to enter the village to check what was happening there. The driver refused to enter the village as he was afraid. I asked  the people and they just began laughing. They said the distance the youngsters have to walk to the settlement was 6 Kms and this also involved going up a mountain.

In the meantime the jeeps returned and left.

16:40 – Za’tara intersection – manned.