'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 18.8.11, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
It's the middle of August and at the roadblock they are already selling Baladi (local) figs.
There is a long queue but it's not crowded, some 40 labourers wait patiently. There is one officer running the roadblock. A third military policewoman stands beside the cube listing ID nos., to speed up the crossing. The Palestinians complain that yesterday the queue was unbearably long and slow. They asked for telephone numbers so that they can complain about the soldiers who, according to them, held up the queue purposely as punishment.
We asked a soldier who said that yesterday a group of youths came and tried to push in in front of the adults and take their places in the queue. They came to blows resulting in chaos at the roadblock. The soldiers closed the crossing, separated those quarrelling and got the queue back into line. This caused a build up of labourers and a very long wait.
The agricultural gate is locked. There are no soldiers in the area and we didn't see any Palestinians waiting for it to open.
There are no civilian police at the exit from Israel.
The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.
There are soldiers in the positions and also in the position opposite the roundabout. There are almost no cars at the top of the road.
There are a number of military vehicles around Hawwara, some of them parked and some passing through.
No military activity.
The yellow barrier still bars the crossing to Nablus.
There are no soldiers at the roadblock and the traffic flows without hindrance.
There is no hindrance to the traffic.
A military car is parked in the bay and doesn't hinder anyone.
The soldiers check the passengers of two cars thoroughly but, because of the light traffic, no queue builds up.
The usual superficial inspection.