'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 29.7.10, Morning
Did you know that the Security Services charge each settler wanting an accompanied visit to Josef's Tomb NIS300 when it is New Moon?
Sha'ar Shomron east
There are no police cars.
The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open
There is no traffic jam. The Menorah which stood at the centre of the roundabout has been moved to the side of the road and a multi storey fortress has sprouted in its place with a soldier at the top of it. At the other side of the roundabout a civilian police car directs us to the side and wants to know where we have come from and where we are going. They did not ask for documents. Perhaps they are lying in wait for settlers?
There are no military vehicles.
A soldier peeps out from the top of the watchtower but takes no notice of us. We made a u-turn around the tower but he was not interested in whether we went to Nablus or not.
No traffic. According to the soldiers it's because of Ramadan.
The traffic flows to and from the town with no interference from the soldiers. There is a patrol vehicle. At one point a vehicle was inspected without it being directed to the side of the road and a queue immediately built up. The roadblock commander went to sort the problem out and the road opened up to traffic straight away.
A lorry completely filled with gravel was turned back so that it didn't drive onto the road meant for cars only.
The traffic flows.
At Sha'ar Shomron a civilian police car is parked opposite those entering the territories.
And, for a change, there was no traffic jam between Kfar Kassem and the HaKfar HaYarok junction.