Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Eliyahu Crossing, Habla, Huwwara, Jit, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 5.5.11, Afternoon
Translation: Hanna K.
At the end to the report you'll find a good reason why one has to continue with the regular shifts.
1350 Habla CP – Is open. There are soldiers at the CP. We saw the passage, after checking, of three of the village residents who left the enclave, a donkey with a loaded cart enters with its owner the village at the enclave.
Only today we notice the structure which is almost joined to the barrier, on which there is a signpost in English on which is written that donors from the catholic church had enabled the building of a well for the villagers' use.
13:55 Eliyahu Passage - at the exit from Israel a truck is delayed at the police barrier. On the other side there is a queue of vehicles wishing to leave for Israel.
14:00 Izbit Tabib – Road No. 55, after Nebi Elias and before Azoun, at a spot that doesn't appear on the Hebrew map,there is a turning to the right. Several villagers and people from Azoung wait for a meeting. Machsom Watch representatives have arrived.
We continued on our regular shift.
We drove from there on the road between Izbit Tabib and Azoun which is an internal road, parallel to road No. 55.
a photograph will be sent, on which one can see two roads, the olive grove area between them and the place where preparation work has begun for the erection of a fence, which will cause the olive trees to be outside the boundaries of the village.
14:40 Near the entrance to Kedumim a commandcar is parked perpendicular to the road – an observation post on the those passing on the road.
14:45 Jit Junction – we saw no soldiers
14:55 Burin/Yitzhar Junction on Road no. 60 – the CP is not operative
15:00 Huwwara CP - there are no soldiers at the barrier. Large inscriptions are attached to the CP fence: " The law regarding the tomb of Joseph is the same as that regarding the Hebron Cave of Machpela" – such inscriptions are attached without disturbance at the Za'tara CP aswell.
15:-05 Beit Furik CP – there are no soldiers at the barrier (the barrier at the entrance to the village which was described in this morning's report has been removed(
At the village of Awarta we meet one of the three brothers who have been arrested and released. He says that there are still 37 villagers detained.
A military jeep atthe village of Huwwara slows down the movement of the vehicles behind it.
15:25 Za'tara/Tapuah CP – in front of the CP there are many vehicles coming from Nablus and Ramallah.
We see 5 private vehicles detained at the CP where there are two border policemen. One of them plays with the cudgel he holds, in addition to the weapons he is carrying.
All the detained vehicles are checked with extreme strictness.
A private vehicle was detained when we arrived, and was released. While we were present at the CP other vehicles were detained and released.
We went to find out details about those who were still detained. It transpired that to some of the passengers their papers had been returned, and they are already waiting for two hours for return of the papers of one passenger.
In another vehicle there was a driver who has been waiting for over an hour for his papers. A vehicle of the traffic police (!) arrives. The detainees who have no papers are summoned to the policemen and after some time the papers are returned to the two Palestinians who, as described above, had been detained. The policemen told the Machsom Watch member that they had been called to the CP about ten minutes earlier in order to check the number of the vehicle belonging to the persons without papers (one of which was just a passenger) for some clarification regarding the number of the vehicle: one border policeman told her that he had waited for the police vehicle to come and authorize him to return the ID cards of those persons. He said that he had summoned the police two hours before.
In any case, it seems that there is still need for us to document on the spot and on time.