'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 21.7.11, Morning
Azzun Atma, Hawwara, Awarta and Beit Furik 21 July 2011
Translation: Suzanne O.
There is no one queuing between the fences and many labourers wait on the road for the contractors who will pick them up to work on the Seam Line. There are many young officers around. It turns out that today the armoured corps is replacing the girls of the combat engineering force. I hope we won't regret the changeover.
There is no inspection at the exit from Israel.
The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.
We didn't see any soldiers, neither in the positions, nor at the roundabout nor at the position opposite. The car park is decorated with signs calling for the defence of the houses designated for demolition at Migron.
There is no military activity.
The traffic flows. Soldiers stop cars for inspection on the way up to the settlement of Bracha.
The yellow barrier is still down and blocks the crossing into Nablus.
The road to the village has been laid. There are two lanes with a row of palm trees in the middle. All around there are posters calling for support of candidates, apparently for the elections at the Nablus Office of Commerce. (We were told that in Beit Furik two representatives of Fatah were elected).
At the roadblock there are no soldiers and the traffic flows unhindered.
back at Huwwara roadblock
We were pleased to see that someone appears to read our reports.
This time the lights around the roadblock and the deserted car park have been extinguished.
At the hitchhiking stop a soldier guards the settlers and another one guards the hill up to Mount Bracha.
A military car is parked by a spot roadblock, but it doesn't hinder the traffic.
The positions are still unattended. Military vehicles drive into the car park. Will there soon be a random inspection? We didn't stay to find out.
At the Shomron Crossing we were asked, for the first time, to open the boot of the car for inspection.
Summer has arrived; there isn't even a trace of a traffic jam on Road 5.