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...
'Anabta, 'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Jubara (Kafriat), Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 9.8.12, Afternoon
Translator: Hanna K.
A hot day during the Ramadan month.
14:40 Irtah CP - Thursday in Palestine is like our Friday, and especially during the Ramadan month. The workmen now return home earlier than usual. They go through the gate and are not being checked in the rooms.
We are told that the checks in the mornings "are sometimes good, sometimes not".
14:55 Jabara CP - Here the guards are still soldiers and not civilians working for a security company.
15:10 Anabta CP - we didn't see any soldiers at the new CP which is splendidly built. (!!!)
15:15 a military truck comes towards us on road no. 57, near the Jit intersection. When looking westwards it is impossible not to see the massive building at the Kedumin settlement.
15:20 The construction of an elaborate night illumination for part of road no. 60 has been completed. All o f I t is designated only to lighten the way for the inhabitants of the Gilad ranch settlement.
On the same road no. 60, towards us comes a military tender, followed by another.
15:28 Huwwara CP - There is a soldier at the guard tower opposite the hitch-hikers station at the way out from the Beraha settlement, there is another soldier sitting at the station itself, at the entrance to this settlement. Another soldiers is at the guard tower at the CP itself.
15:38 Beit Furik CP – we saw no soldiers at the CP.
15:42 Awarta CP – the yellow arm is still shut. There is no possibility to pass from here to Nablus.
16:26 A bit before the Za'tara/Tapuah CP – the blue police checks a Palestinian vehicle.
16:30 Za'tara/Tapuah CP – two soldiers sit in the shade. They do not check. There is no load. New banners intended for the settlers hang on the CP fence. A military vehicle arrives towards us with high lights after we passed the CP, and is followed by another.
16:50- Azzun Atma CP – There are no workmen waiting in the queue on their way home.