'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 20.1.11, Afternoon
The main aim of this tour of some of the old checkpoints was to show where we had stood for a number of years but were no longer active. Rivka, a new member, and Esther, a member who had not been going out for some time and is renewing her activity, were interested in seeing those checkpoints.
13:30 We entered the OPT at the Shomron Crossing. There was nothing unusual there.
13:45 Za'tara/Tapuach -There were 20 cars in line from Nablus, but the line was moving and there didn't seem to be any problem.
14:10 Huwarra - There were no soldiers in sight. The traffic was flowing freely in both directions
Awarta- was closed completely.
14:25 Beit Furik - There were no soldiers.
14:40 Za'tara/Tapuach - There were now 6 cars in the line from Nablus, and moving.
14:45 Marda - Opposite Marda, on the side of the road, there were 3 military jeeps. There were a number of soldiers in the olive grove and some more soldiers standing on the roadside. The reason for their presence was not clear, and they paid no attention to the cars passing on the road.
15:15 Azzun Atma - Workers were beginning to come back to the village. The checkpoint at the entrance to the village was manned by soldiers, as usual. The workers were entering the village quickly. We pointed out the settlement, Sha'arei Tikva, sitting directly above the houses of Azzun Atmeh on the eastern side.