'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Eliyahu Crossing, Huwwara, Jit, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 13.3.11, Morning

Ruti R., Natalie K. (reporting), Translator: Charles K





06:45  'Azzun 'Atma

About 60 people on line.  One of them says the checkpoint opened at 05:00.  Inspection is quick.  People are asked to lift their shirts.  Bags are opened and checked.  One of those inspected comes out and says that they’re treated like animalsinfo-icon.

The line doesn’t get shorter because additional people keep arriving.

When we left there were still about 60 people waiting in line to enter Israel to work.


07:30  Tapuach junction

No cars in line.  No soldiers at the checkpoint other than three in the observation tower.

We drove on to Huwwara.


07:40  Huwwara

The checkpoint isn’t operating, no soldiers on site other than in the observation tower, like at Tapuach junction.


07:45  Awarta

Empty.  There were many army jeeps on the road, and two huge army trucks.


07:50  Beit Furiq

It’s also empty here.


There’s a flying checkpoint at the turnoff from Huwwara to Yitzhar.

There’s also a flying checkpoint at Jit junction.


09:25  Eliyahu gate

No traffic.  A sole Palestinian car enters Israel.


To sum up – After the murders in Itamar two days ago we thought things would be more tense but were presently surprised.  Overall, it was very quiet.