Since 2001 we have observed dozens of army checkpoints on paved and unpaved roads in the West Bank, the Jordan Valley and along the Separation Fence; Civil Administration offices which grant permits to Palestinians; and military courts trying Palestinian prisoners. We stand at the checkpoints observing the behavior of soldiers and Palestinians without interfering, intervening only when soldiers behave offensively to Palestinians. Then we try to speak to the soldiers themselves or telephone...
'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 5.7.12, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
Summer has come to the West Bankvillages as well. School children are on vacation and life begins later.
06:25 Azzun Atma: “The checkpoint is good today,” say the Palestinians. The armored corps soldiers have gotten used to the checkpoint routine. Both computers are working and traffic flows. About twenty laborers waiting on a line that’s run efficiently.
Shomron crossing: No police at the exit from Israel.
06:50 Za’tara/Tapuach: The positions aren’t manned.
Yitzhar/Burin checkpoint: No military activity.
Awarta: The yellow bar is locked, blocking the crossing.
07:20 Beit Furik: No soldiers; traffic flows. We didn’t see a soldier in the tower.
08:40 Huwwara: We saw no soldiers at the checkpoint. Cars with yellow license plates drive into town.
At the road up to Beracha settlement– a soldier. A second soldier hangs around with the settlers at the hitchhiking station across the road.
Burin/Yitzhar: No military activity
08:00 Za’tara/Tapuach: Some soldiers around, but not at the positions near the road. Traffic flows in a convoy at the speed of the slowest vehicle on the road up to Huwwara.
Shomron crossing;A superficial inspection