'Anabta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 6.5.10, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
A 'good roadblock' day.
Sha'ar Shomron eastward is open and there are no inspections.
The entrance to Marda is open, nothing new at the barrier to Zeita and Jama'yn, just a footpath which gets deeper.
There is no queue at the roadblock. The menorah which stood in the middle of the roundabout has disappeared. There is a soldier in the position in the middle of the roundabout.
A military vehicle is parked at the side of the road. For Palestinians? For settlers?
Nachal soldiers use the yellow barrier as an additional lane for traffic. The traffic is not heavy and the inspections are random. According to the soldiers they use the barrier as a roadblock for supporters of Joseph's Tomb who do not obey the soldiers' orders and bypass the plastic barriers.
No cars in the queue. There is no dog handler. The soldiers are relaxed.
In the abandoned car park there is still a line of confiscated vehicles. The soldiers say it is none of their business.
The traffic to and from the town flows with no problems. There are not many cars in either direction. From time to time the soldiers stop a car for inspection. There was neither a dog handler nor a DCO representative present. All in all just two soldiers were at the roadblock. The rest of them had been placed at other points in the area and from time to time there was a changeover at the check point.
The military vehicle is still there.
On the road up we counted 19 vehicles crawling along. We parked in the car park and went over to talk to the soldiers but the queue had already dissipated. To be on the safe side they opened an additional lane.
At the side of the road two taxis waited for a thorough inspection of ID cards but quite quickly they were on their way.
In the car park there were a lot of cars with yellow number plates, apparently belonging to those working for the contractor doing the road works.