'Awarta, Beit Furik, Eliyahu Crossing, Habla, Mon 4.4.11, Afternoon
An armored vehicle with three soldiers and one woman soldier is on the patrol road. The Agricultural Gates are open and cars leave from the direction of Habla. A school bus, a horse-drawn cart and three pick-up trucks pass and one is detained. A big truck loaded with cartons that gets to the gate is not allowed to pass. The driver tries unsuccessfully to make a phone call on his cell-phone. A short while later a young man comes from the direction of the green-house close to the gate, claiming angrily that although everything was coordinated with the DCO beforehand, the truck is not allowed to pass and nobody there answers the calls. [DCO is the District Coordination Office of the IDF Civil Administration that handles passage permits.] He says he has arranged for a workman to come, paid IS 1000.00 and now the merchandise is delayed despite the fact that he passes this gate daily and everyone knows him. The woman soldier on her part tells him she is not his friend and he shouldn't shout at her. The man keeps explaining but eventually turns back and leaves, while the soldier says with a smile "The show is over, that's all for today".
The gates are closed and the truck plus two pick-up trucks remain on the other side of the fence.
We are on our way to Huwwarra and Ptahya explains the issue of the checkpoints to our guest.
The checkpoint is empty of cars and people.
There is no one on the streets and the shops are closed. Rainy weather.
At the checkpoint in the exit from Yiz'har two soldiers check three Palestinian cars.
At Eliyahu Gate the traffic is flowing