'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 19.5.11, Morning
Azzun Atma, Hawwara, Awarta and Beit Furik 19 May 2011
Watchers and reporters: Shosh D., Esti V., and Nava A.
Translation: Suzanne O.
A short shift with no sensational incidents.
There is a long queue of labourers (more than 50) winding around across the car park. The soldiers tell us that there was a problem with the computers which, of course, does not help the people queuing.
One of the labourers requests help for his son who is refused entry to Israel by the Shabak and we give him a telephone number he can contact.
At Shomron Crossing the civilian police are at the exit from Israel and there is a shortish queue of settlers in the opposite direction.
The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.
The positions are staffed by Border Police. They do not inspect cars but their very presence interferes with the flow of traffic, every car slows down as it arrives at the position creating a queue at the top of the road.
There is no military activity.
Near the Hawwara roadblock roundabout there is a yellow sign in English and Arabic instructing Palestinian cars to turn right only. Possibly it means that they are not permitted to go left in the direction of the Bracha settlement but what it means in fact is that they are not permitted to drive straight ahead in the direction of Nablus. We did not understand it and photographed it and will perhaps send the photo on later.
Unsurprisingly the yellow barrier still bars the crossing.
There is no IDF presence and the traffic flows unhindered.
Deserted by soldiers. There is a soldier guarding the hitchhikers' station.
There are soldiers in the positions and, from time to time, they stop a car for inspection. A taxi is parked at the side waiting for the return of its passengers' documents. A car waits because the civilian police in the car park have given him a fine. The policeman was not prepared 'to infringe the privacy of a citizen' by telling us what the fine was for. The Border Police were concerned for our safety as long as the car was parked in the car park.
At Shomron Crossing the inspection on entering Israel is superficial as usual.