'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 28.3.10, Morning

Observers: 
Ditza Y., Dvorka A. (reporting) Translator: Charles K.
Mar-28-2010
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Morning

7:40  Azzun Atma.  A line of some 100 laborers waiting at the exit, and only one female soldier in the inspection booth.  The inspection is sometimes very slow, and sometimes slightly faster.  It’s clear that many of the laborers won’t get through soon enough to have a full workday.  Two soldiers on site are completely indifferent to the fate of the waiting Palestinians, and fairly hostile to us.  One of them said they inquired, and were told that no more inspection personnel will be added.  We called the Ephraim DCO a few times to report on what was going on, and ask them to send more inspectors.  A., from the DCO, promised that an officer was on his way.  No one came by the time we left at 8:30, despite our repeated reminders to the DCO regarding the bleak situation. 

Just when we arrived, one of the men being inspected was not permitted through.  He told us that he’d been going through every day for six months, without any problem.  We tried to find out from him what was going on.  One of the soldiers tried to stop us talking to him, which apparently encouraged him to find out for himself why he wasn’t allowed through.  A few minutes later, before we were able to get his phone number, he disappeared into the village. 

8:30  We left, intending to reach Huwwara via Route 5, but then Zakariyya called asking us to come to the Jit junction, because he saw that the Border Police had set up a roadblock there and two students – from high school and university – had been detained from 7:00 to 9:40, claiming that they were waiting for authorization from the GSS to let them through.  He also said that he could see from a distance that they were being abused.  We drove via Kedumim, Emanuel and the Imtan junction, but by the time we reached Jit there was no longer any  sign of the detaineesinfo-icon or of the Border Police. 

9:30  Awwarta – Only one truck was there. 

10:00  Huwwara – Very light traffic at this hour. 

10:15  Za’tara junction – Almost empty in every direction.