'Awarta, Beit Furik, Eliyahu Crossing, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 30.4.09, Morning
Translation: Hanna K.
07:30 - Marda is open, Zeita is closed.
07:36 - Za'tara/Tapuach - The CP is empty and the vehicles pass without a queue.
Huwarra, the village - a border police jeep stands at the side of the road, at the northern exit of the village.
07:52 - Huwarra CP -
The parking lot is mostly empty. There are over forty people in the pedestrians' queue. In the loudspeaker at the CP the girl-soldiers are heard talking to each other. Three turnstile lanes are open (and the humanitarian lane too). Waiting time in the pedestrians' queue is 12 minutes.
There is a very long vehicle queue - about 40 vehicles. Two lanes are active. Two vehicles pass in less than two minutes each, and then it takes much longer for the next two vehicles. One passes at the girl dog-trainer and for the other the regular checking takes over six minutes. The CP commander comes up to us and asks us to go away. We ask why the procedure is so slow, and he answers that the dog-trainer checking takes time, and as for the other queue he says that for the soldier who does the checking it is his first day here and the commander wants him to begin thoroughly without skipping, so that he won't learn to do a sloppy job.
08:48 - Awarta - there are three vehicles in the queue, they pass quickly.
08:58 - Beit Furik - everything is quiet. The cars arrive and pass quickly.
09:45 - At the Eliyahu pass (the entrance to Israel) we notice a signboard which defines who is an "Israeli" - a picture is attached. Palestinian vehicles pass to Israel, the girl-soldier who does the checking says that those who pass have permits to work in this area.