'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 13.8.09, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
In our opinion the time has come to reduce the number of our surveillance visits to the Nablus roadblocks.
There is a police roadblock at the entrance to the territories.
The entrances to Marda and Zeita are as usual - one open and one barred by heaps of sand higher than before.
There is a short queue, just one inspection lane apart from the humanitarian one. From time to time a bus is sent into the car park and is released within minutes. A group of dog handlers is undergoing training on a lorry in the car park.
A Border Police jeep patrols slowly all along the town of Huwwara.
Only one exit lane is open but the traffic flows and no queues build up. According to the soldier, if a queue builds up they open an additional lane. He is mainly concerned with our safety and that we should not get in the way of oncoming cars.
The roadblock is empty of cars. The incoming car lane is barred by plastic with spikes beside it. If cars were coming from both directions a jam would have been caused. The soldier told us not to worry - he directs the traffic.
There is no queue although a dog handler is present.
In the town of Huwwara the Border Police continue their slow patrol.
At Za'atra there is a queue of a number of vehicles at the exit from Huwwara, by the time we park the queue has disappeared.
It is August everywhere, even on Road 5 there are no traffic jams.