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...
'Einabus, Haris, Huwwara, Jama'in, Qira, Za'tara (Tapuah), Mon 16.7.12, Morning
09:45 – Hars. The village is quiet, no soldiers and few locals. We went to see the tomb which according to tradition is that of Caleb ben Yefuneh. The settlers visit the tomb, leading to confrontations with the villagers. It might only be the tomb of a sheikh, but “blessed be the believer…”
10:10 Qira. We came to the Women’s Club where we teach English and yoga (in two shifts). To our surprise, it was closed!!!
We waited a bit until a woman came to tell us there’s a funeral today of a relative of many of the villagers. So all the women went to the funeral, or to the ceremony prior to the funeral, rather than coming to the club. She said they tried to call Nadim a few times but his cellphone was off.
As a result, we decided to make a longer circuit than usual. We went to a local grocery and talked to the saleswomen.
11:00 Jama’in. The quiet of a burning summer day in the village. The streets are very dusty and deserted, all the shops are closed and we see almost nobody outside. Nor are there soldiers.
We continued along a lovely road – green hills and valleys. Despite the torrid summer, the Samaria landscape is still green and fresh.
11:10 Ein-Busa (the kiss). The village is relatively clean, quiet and pleasant to look at.
11:20 Huwwara. No soldiers. The town looks as it does every day, nothing special happening.
Huwwara checkpoint. No soldiers, no car being inspected. Everything is very quiet.
We stopped in Huwwara at a grocery and spoke a bit with the salespeople.
11:30 Tapuach junction. Only two soldiers. No vehicle being inspected.
12:00 Back to Kafr Qassem, and home.