'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 3.9.09, Afternoon
Translation: Hanna K.
14:03 The industrial zone Barkan - Backhoe loaders continue to prepare the mountainside facing road no. 5The Industrial zone is being developed
14:08 Near the fence of Marda (approximately between the two gates known to us) a yellow minibus is waiting to let two lady passengers who came out of a new opening in the gate to get on.
14:10 The entrance to Zeita is blocked as usual.
14:15 Za'tara CP –
15 vehicles which arrive from the north (from Nablus, Huwwara) are waiting for the ID checking. There are two manned checking stations
14:20 At the Burin-Huwwara junction two jeeps of the border police are waiting
14:26 Huwwara CP –
A random checking of vehicles which are leaving Nablus (mainly minibuses or taxis are checked). There are two checking stations. ID are being checked. After the checking the driver is summone to take the documents and to return them to the passengers. We saw a minibus which was detained for 7 minutes. While the IDs are being checked other vehicles are allowed to pass without being checked. There is no load but there is a delay. We see no dog+dog trainer.
A soldier made a sign to one of the cars to stop, the driver wasn't quick to stop, the soldier watching in the guard post at the forefront of the CP approached him with his gun pointed straight at the vehicle. This soldier has the habit of sending vehicles that are considered to be carrying cargo back to the Awarta CP. They have to return to Huwwara and from there in pass through the winding alleyways in order to reach Awarta, because they are not allowed to drive straight through the road called the Madison axis. Even a commercial vehicle carrying three used mattresses falls into this category. This selfsame soldier stopped a vehicle with Israeli number plates, out of which emerged two Palestinians who had to enter the town by taxi – although there was a DCO representative on the spot – we were not able, because we were already travelling in the car, to ask whether there is a prohibition to transport Palestinian passengers in a vehicle coming from Israel.During Ramaddan it is allowed for Israeli residents who arrive at Nablus to enter the town in their vehicle.
14:55 Awarta CP – one truck is being checked. There is no queue.
15:00 Beit Furik CP –
No checking can be observed. The soldiers are concealed in their position. During the holidays public workers: banks, post, schools – stop working at 12:00. On the way back one can see from the direction of the Awarta CP that there is a queue in the lane of the vehicles leaving Nablus. After the square, from the east, a group of Palestinians is waiting for taxis to Nablus.Zaatara CP – 17 vehicles are waiting to be checked in a queue, although two stations are manned. A girl soldier checkes IDs.A vehicle with Israel number plates is being checked by the blus police not far from the checking post from the west (which is not manned lately).
15:35 Zeita –
Many workers dismount the transportation in front of the earth mound which blocks the entrance. They will continue to their village in taxis which are waiting on the other side.