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 15.3.12, Morning
The checkpoint is at the crossroads of Route 60 and the road leadint to Huwwara.
How nice, the rain has come back and most of the CPs there aren't any soldiers.
06:20: Azzun Atma: The sparse rain doesn't hinder the soldiers from slowly checking the many workmen who crowd in the queue. According to them when the rain increases the Palestinians find shelter in the concrete shed on the side and run one by one to be checked.
The Samaria crossing: There is no police at the exit from Israel.
06:45 Za'tra/Tapuah: There are no soldiers at the checking points.
The Yitzhar/Burin CPs: A military vehicle parks in the inlet on the main road.
07:20 Beit Furik: There are no soldiers at the permanent CP and there is no flying CP.
Awarta: The yellow arm still prevents the passage.
07:25 Huwwara: There are no military vehicles in the area and we didn't see light in the tower. At the slope up to the pool there is a soldier at the post next to the road.
In the post opposite the hitch-hike station there is a soldier.
Burin/Yitzhar: Now there is also a military vehicle in the inlet from the direction of Yitzhar. The blue police is also present. Is this a warning concerning the settlers?
07:40 Za'tara/Tapuah: Still not manned.
At the Samaria crossing: the checking is done superficially as usual.
The rain accompanies us home