'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 23.1.11, Morning

Yael B., Edna L., Ditza Y. (reporting), Translator: Charles K.


07:30 "''Azzun 'Atma:  No pedestrians at the checkpoint.  Laborers wait outside the checkpoint for their employers.  We’re told that things are fine at the checkpoint, no problems.


08:10  Za’tara:  Heavy vehicle traffic going south; slight hold-up at the checkpoint and then they drive on.  There is particularly heavy traffic at Huwwara also, in both directions.


08:25  'Awarta:  The checkpoint is empty.


08:45  Huwwara:  When we arrive, the checkpoint commander, followed by other soldiers, approach us and demand – as expected – that we leave.  Why?  Since we’re interfering.  How are we interfering?  It’s a military area, and dangerous to stand here.  The commander points toward Huwwara saying: you can stand there, that’s a Jewish area.  Of course, when we reply that it’s not a Jewish area he doesn’t understand what we’re talking about.

No vehicle traffic at the checkpoint.  But when we left, and were already in the village, we could see considerable vehicle traffic in both directions.


09:45  Za’tara:  About ten vehicles at the checkpoint.  They slow before reaching it, but go through without inspection.