'Anabta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Thu 1.4.10, Afternoon
Translator: Charles K.
Intermediate days of Passover – closure.
Unusually heavy military presence in the Itamar area.
14:05 Azzun Atma – No Palestinians waiting at the checkpoint. Nor is it an appropriate time to check whether there are laborers returning from work, but an MP at the checkpoint says that laborers with a special permit are going through to work in Barkan. R[e’ut], from the Tulkarm DCO, confirms this.
15:20 Huwwara checkpoint – Many soldiers at the checkpoint. We arrived at the changing of the guard. Nahal soldiers are replacing soldiers from Kfir/Nahshon. Heavy vehicular traffic on both sides. Sometimes it piles up, but quickly thins out. Trucks are turned back to Nablus, to the Awwarta checkpoint.
We saw three motorcyclists coming from Nablus – a rare sight.
16:20 Anabta – No inspections
16:35 Irtah – The gate to the checkpoint is closed.