Huwwara, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Za'tara (Tapuah), Mon 7.6.10, Afternoon

Observers: 
Fathia A., Ziona S. (reporting); Natanya translating
Jun-7-2010
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Afternoon

The alleviations at the checkpoints created it seems a show window. But the difference between what one hears and see in the villages and when we are on our shifts bring one to the conclusion  that each shift should go into at least one village.

14.25 Zeita Jama'in. The barricade is open

Crossroads of Za'tara. 8 cars wait in line in the direction of Huwwara but the passage is fairly swift.

15.30 Huwwara. The Nahal soldiers are at two posts. They do not bother the traffic and the traffic does not bother them. For the 15 minutes that we were there no cars were delayed.

16.10 Irtah.  The posts are not manned and the workers stream in through the turnstiles and exit at once on the other side. One of the men complained about the difficulties of the morning. He points out a problem. Because they leave the house at 3 am they go into the corners to pray before leaving the terminal. The problem is that outside there is sad, dirt and dust and no possibility of kneeling. He does not understand why it bothers the workers if they pray,. We decided to contact the committee which deals with the checkpoints to find a way to contact the company and find a solution.

Outside Fathia hears two men asking, 'Why are they here? They don't do anything." Fathia turns to them and they suggest that we come in the mornings  especially Friday. Because then there are the most problems. She gives them Micky's number if there are problems and there is no shift there.