Beit Furik, Habla, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 27.1.11, Afternoon

Yaffa Wacks, Yehudith Levin (reporting & photographing)

Natanya translating. 

 13.30 Shomron/Kassem crossing. There are no soldiers at the entrance to Palestina.
13.47 Checkpoint Za’tara/Tapuach   There are soldiers at the checkpoint. Cars pass without being checked.
On the wall of a house at the entrance to Huwwara village, in a westerly direction, there is large graffiti written in Hebrew. We did not have time to photograph it but what we remember were the words “donkey” and “gentile”.
14.20 Checkpoint of Huwwara. There is pressure at the exit from Nablus. The soldiers were checking cars. We stood a while and watched and then the traffic jam let up.  There was much traffic in both directions. When we went along the Madison route in the direction of the checkpoint of Beit Furik a Palestinian car passed us – only lately have Palestinians been allowed to travel on part of the road and so it is still an apartheid road.
14.29 Checkpoint of Beit Furik. A soldier is in the sentry tower. Cars are not stopped.
15.55 At the entrance to the settlement of Yitzhar is an army jeep.
16.00 Crossroads of Jit. On the left hand side a command car was parked across the  road. On the other side on the hill an army jeep was waiting in ambush.
16.45 Habla checkpoint.  The workers wait for permission to go through to get home. The gate was open.  They arrange themselves in groups of five. They say that in the morning it takes a long time to get through the checkpoint to get through. “ Come in the morning. It is better than our telling you.
The checkpoint opens in the morning from 7.00 – 9.00. In the afternoon 12.00 – 13.00. Towards evening  16.45-18.00
We visited one of the villages. They showed us one room in which they had many dovecots for birds who are looked after in the hose. There was also a beautiful peacock  wandering around the house and yard.