Azun Atma, Huwwara, Awarta and Beit Furiq 30 December 2010
Translation: Suzanne O.
About 40 labourers wait in the sleeve, it is not completely full. They move forward slowly but at a reasonable pace. The soldiers do not maintain a threatening stance towards the Palestinians but watch them from the yard. We had a conversation about the security aspects of this road block with one of the soldiers who was shocked when I used the term 'occupied'.
A contractor from Ariel who was waiting for his labourers explained the difference between 'good' settlers from Ariel as opposed to the extremists from the settlements surrounding Nablus with whom he has no truck.
At Shomron Crossing there is no police presence at the entrance and there is only a short queue at the exit.
The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.
Some 30 vehicles crawl past the soldiers in the checkpoints.
At the entrance to the town of Huwwara a military vehicle is parked opposite the entrance to Beita.
Two military cars are parked and there are two soldiers in the checkpoint but they do not hinder the traffic.
We can't see the soldiers up in the watch-tower. Cars with yellow number plates can enter Nablus freely – except for the red sign warning against doing so.
There are two jeeps waiting beside what was the look out tower. According to the officer, lately Palestinians have been permitted to drive along part of Madison Way, from the entrance to Awarta in the direction of Huwwara. [In the past we were told that Palestinians were forbidden to drive along the road so that they could not observe the military camp. Apparently this threat does not bother them any more…]
The traffic flows freely in both directions. From afar we saw a car similar to that of the dog handler but we did not see her in action.
One Border Police car is left at the side of the road.
About 12 vehicles cross slowly through the roadblock.
At Shomron Crossing there is no police presence at the exit from Israel and the inspection at the entrance to Israel is very routine.