'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Mon 9.11.09, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
The building workers who are supposed to work in nearby Alfei Menasheh wait between half an hour and an hour for the vehicle which will take them, for a price, a walking distance of 10 minutes. School children living east of the busy main road have to cross it, without a zebra crossing, to get to Azon Atma and another three villages adjacent to it.
The entrance to the village is closed at night. There is no hospital in any of the nearby villages. If a doctor is needed during the night, or a woman has to give birth, they have to ask the soldiers to open the gate.
7:25 a.m. Zeita is still closed. It continues to endanger the traffic on the road.
The roadblock commander reminds us that it is our duty to obey orders and to beware of the 'inspection'. We promised full obedience as long as the traffic flows without hold ups in the three lanes from north to south. In the 'inspection' show they brought a small car to the car park, took out the four passengers and set the sniffer dog to work after they had put socks with reflecting stripes on it and left its muzzle on. Because of his concern for us the commander explained that the dog is only used to military uniforms and therefore we, wearing civilian clothes, are in danger. Strangely the dog was totally indifferent to the four Palestinians who were not in uniform.
The traffic flows and not one vehicle is stopped. Even if one is stopped nothing is inspected. However, as soon as we approached the road one of the soldiers who was standing at the southern roadblock gave a warning call to the soldiers to the north of him - we had arrived. There is a dog here too, without socks, and for some reason they decided to use it to inspect a minibus after its passengers had alighted. The inspection took 15 minutes. Two soldiers in the southern position start to hold up cars randomly. They stop a lorry, do not inspect it but force the driver to return to the south. When we asked why the driver had been turned back they do not answer us. Our question about the detention of a car which had tried to overtake large vehicles was also not answered. It turned out that one of them was the roadblock commander who did not allow the second soldier to talk to us. We were offended and offended them and then the commander (wearing a kippah) came to talk to us. At the conclusion of our conversation we promised each other to meet and talk when he is not in uniform. He did not seem convinced that he could think and talk while wearing uniform.
A single car drives west. We see in the distance speed humps at the eastern entrance to Nablus.
It is open to traffic.