'Anabta, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Mon 18.1.10, Afternoon

Observers: 
Pitchia A., Tziona S., Reporting Translation: Bracha B.A.
18/01/2010
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Afternoon

  • The routine of the occupation and an obviously unpleasant event near Avnei Hefetz
  • From the moment we entered Palestinian territory until we reached Huwara the car went from one target to another.
  • It appears that all the facilities that the army has put up are used for posting signs with settler propaganda.

14:10 - We can see through the puddles that the entrance to Zita is still blocked, and there are cars standing on both sides of the checkpoint.. 

Zatra Checkpoint

There are about 20 vehicles waiting at the entrance to the junction from the direction of Huwara.  Large signs are hanging on the fence surrounding the junction that read "Settle Nablus and Jacob's Tomb."

Huwara

15:00 – There is a new traffic island dividing the entrance road into Nablus.  Two soldiers are standing in the southern position at the entrance, but all vehicles, even those with yellow license plates, are not being stopped.  Most cars exiting the city are also not being stopped, but a minibus and taxi are stopped for passengers' documents to be checked. 

Anabta

The checkpoint is open to traffic.  There are no soldiers in the area and we drove up to the checkpoint.  We made a U turn and headed towards Jubara.

Avnei Hefetz

Opposite the settlement an army jeep appeared and signaled for us to stop.  There were three soldiers in it, one with long hair.  They got out and pointed their weapons at us.  It was a surrealistic and frightening sight.  We felt just like the Palestinians frequently feel.  We were convinced that they were settlers, since the person with long hair did not look like a soldier in active military service. They approached us, weapons still drawn, and asked us what we were doing.  We identified ourseives as Machsom Watch and they asked to see our documents.  One of them checked our documents, while the other continued to stand facing us, his rifle lowered to a 45 degree angle.  We asked him if he was not ashamed to point his weapons at us, and he said that every soldier is issued a weapon. Pitchia called Ada Rabon and asked what to do and Ada also felt that they were settlers.  We called the hotline and complained and a woman soldier registered our complaint.  The episode ended with our documents being returned and we were told that the soldier at the checkpoint saw us and issued an alarm.  We concluded that the soldier in the pillbox whom we had not seen had seen us approach and turn around and became alarmed. 

Irtah

16:10 – There are two positions open. There are fewer people coming through than usual and they go through quickly.