זעתרה (צומת תפוח), חווארה, עורטא, עזון עתמה, שבת 15.1.11, בוקר
Saturday 15 January 2011
Watchers: Natali C., and Ruti R. (reporting)
Translation: Suzanne O.
Azun Atma roadblock south
2 regular soldiers enjoy the winter sunshine. A Palestinian commercial vehicle leaves after a thorough inspection – it turns out that it has a specific permit, this is not a new policy at the roadblock…
The roadblock has no one crossing. A very nice soldier says that he is excited (that's what he said!) to meet us for the first time after all the stories he has heard about MachsomWatch.
There are no soldiers on the road; apparently they are in the pill-boxes around us.
We decided to get to know the villages in the area of Salfit. We drove in the direction of the settlement Tapuach which neighbours Yasuf, Iskaka and Salfit. The people we met were cheerful, happy to talk to us and helpful. They talked of peace, god willing. In Iskaka we went to see the 'old' city, inhabitants said that the village is several hundred years old.
Salfitis really big, the Palestinian policeman at the entrance to the town just waved hello and smiled a welcome as we drove by him.
We returned to Za'atra/Tapuach Junction – there are still no soldiers and no inspection at the roadblock.
There are no soldiers at the roadblock; apparently they are in the pill-box. We drove another 200m in the direction of Nablus and no one stopped us.
When we turned back we saw to our surprise two military jeeps (Israeli) further down the road to Nablus, about 1km from the roadblock.
The roadblock is closed to traffic.
No soldiers at the roadblock here either, cars enter and leave without any inspections.
The road to Sarra is open; we also passed Jit, Al Funduq and Nabi Elyas without meeting any military vehicles.
At the exit to Israeli territory many vehicles wait to cross.