Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 26.7.09, Afternoon
Translation: Tal H.
Tapuach Za'tara Junction Checkpoint 15:00
Traffic moving in all directions, no waiting lines, no detainees.
Beit Furik Checkpoint 15:30
2 soldiers at checking post, during the quarter of an hour we observed the checkpoint we saw hardly any vehicles passing in either direction, no inspections.
Huwwara Checkpoint 16:00
"Hey, you!!" shouts at us a soldier standing in his observation post in the concrete tower, and the soldier manning the sniper post at the entrance to the checkpoint compound wonders what in the world we're doing here.
A sniffer dog and trainer subject a car exiting Nablus to a very thorough inspection. One in several vehicles gets it. Every fifth taxi, approximately, and then the passengers stand outside, young men undergo a body search – thorough touch-touch as they stand, legs and arms splayed on the car side.
The enormous taxi park is totally empty, even the usual few Israeli-license-plated cars are not here today.
Around 5 p.m. we left, heading home into Israel.