Beit Furik, Huwwara, Sun 10.1.10, Afternoon
Translation: Tal H.
14:45 Shaar Shomron Checkpoint (Entry into the West Bank)
First glimpse of a new huge partition/wall/’decorative’ view obstruction along the northern side of the checkpoint that will hide anything going on in and between the facility administrative and service structures.
15:15 Beit Furik Checkpoint
We saw soldiers but no checks.
Huwwara Checkpoint 15:30
Manned (only today?) mainly by Border Patrolmen.
As we got there, a van was already being held up at the entrance to the old taxi park next to the checkpoint compound. The BPmen required the driver and passenger to get out of the car. After we tried to address the Palestinians, the BPmen immediately required them to sit on the curb at a considerable distance apart so they couldn’t converse. To our question why the delay, the soldiers answered that the men refused to let them inspect the car.
16:00 we call the army hotline to report exactly what was going on, doubting the soldiers’ story that the Palestinians “don’t let them inspect the car” (!)
16:15 the driver is made to unscrew his vehicle’s back lights.
16:30 The two detainees are released with their car, and we leave.
On our way to Jit Junction, we see vehicle and water trailer climbing the dirt track up to the settler outpost near Havat Gilad.