Touring the villages of Haris, Kifl Harith, Qira, Jamma'in, Huwwa
The people are celebrating the birthday of the Prophet [Mohammed] today. All the public offices are closed as are some of the shops. The sun is shining and the weather is warm and pleasant. A lot of children are outside playing and roaming the streets.
In Kifl Harith we have a talk with a grocer who complains about the economic situation. He says that not many people come to buy in his shop. He is 60 years old and he cannot get a job. According to him, the industry of the settlements accepts only people who have connections. Answering our question concerning harassment by the army, he says that a few days ago soldiers came at night and took two men.
A Border Police jeep stands at Ytshar-Huwwara junction and next to it a car that was stopped by the soldiers.
Huwwara checkpoint is unmanned. A soldier who comes down to us from the watch-tower says that it is sometimes manned but as far as he knows the checkpoint is going to be removed in a few days.
A man we meet in Huwwara tells us that the army opened the checkpoint between Nablus and the residence of the Samaritans.
There are soldiers at the checkpoint of Za'tara but they don't stop cars when we pass there.