'Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Wed 1.7.09, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
Closed as usual.
The western roadblock is not functioning. From the north there are 12 vehicles in the queue. We drove on.
There are a small number of vehicles in the car park.
The pedestrian crossing is completely empty, but from time to time someone crosses, apparently those who have not yet realised that they do not need to cross via the roadblock. However, a driver in the car park told us that today, and in previous instances, he had taken tens of children who had been forced to alight from buses and cross via the roadblock.
At any rate the inspections take place in the humanitarian lane.
In the vehicle lane - cars enter freely. At the exit ID cards are inspected, but there is no crowding at all.
There are still stallholders in the car park but there is not much business.
We did what we could to help a man from Nablus whose work permit for Israel was cancelled in May after 4 years of working in Israel.
The soldiers noticed us as soon as we arrived and very clearly signalled us not to approach. From that moment on (or perhaps it had been that way all morning) they began to demonstrate their intention of holding up each vehicle for a short inspection. In one instance a more thorough inspection was carried out. Obviously, a queue of 3 cars built up.
As we could not reach Abu Rokon, we immediately called the Centre and complained. This roadblock has actually been closed for the past few months and the traffic should flow freely. It appears to us that the soldiers are a bit bored!!
Later we also talked to the DCO. The complaint had indeed been passed on to them, but had not been dealt with properly. According to the Operations' Officer, she is unable to pass on information on the above! We shall continue to check.
The conclusion is that from time to time we should go to Beit Furiq.
It was empty on the way to Beit Furiq. Now 3 vehicles are being inspected. There is no crowding.
Back to Huwwara
One car is being inspected from the north. From the west it is empty and not staffed.
Kif El Chares
Open. There was no traffic.
Everything is open. There are no problems.