Haris, Huwwara, Jama'in, Kifl Harith, Qira, Sun 30.10.11, Morning
Haris, Kifl Harith, Qira, Jama'in, Huwwara, Sun. AM, 30.10.11
We arrived at Haris and entered the building of the local council. As in our previous visits, the secretary was there who explained that, unlike other heads of cities, the head of their council did not receive a salary and therefore was not always in the office. We had with us another Palestinian whom we had met in the past in the case of a Jewish woman lawyer who stole the health insurance money of his family and is today serving a jail sentence. He complained that, in spite of the fact that she was convicted and jailed, his family did not get their money back.
He and the secretary told us that the harvest was about to end. The farmers had coordinated with the army about which days they were allowed to get to their land and harvest. In most cases, there were no problems. In the areas near the settlement of Revava (?), when there were problems, their farmers and those of Dir Istia received assistance from the Rabbis for Human Rights.
The secretary said that, in the past he had worked in Barkan until one day, 3 years ago, with no explanation, they told him that he was forbidden by the GSS; since then he cannot make a living as he would like. He said there were a lot of men like him in the village who do not work at all.
11:30 - Qira
We stopped next to the house of a woman whom we knew in the past. She wasn't at home because she was out at the olive harvest. We heard that there were no problems concerning the settlers' interference.
12:00 - Jama'in
We entered the well-kept council building and met the mayor who wasn't elected but was appointed by the Authority. When we asked about the progress of the olive harvest, he and another man with him told us that, about 2 weeks ago, a farmer whose land was near the settlement of Tapuach was beaten by the settlers, who attacked him with dogs. We suggested that he turn to "Yesh Din" and that he should also post on the bulletin board or in a nearby shop the telephone numbers of civil rights organizations, so that the residents of Jama'in could turn to them directly for help, but he said he was forbidden to do that and that we should give up on that idea.
12:45 - Huwwara
We traveled to the checkpoint. From far away, it looked as though they were carrying out random inspections of vehicles. When we came closer, 3 soldiers approached us and asked who we were and what we wanted there. Clearly, they have never heard of MahsomWatch and, when we explained that we are an organization that opposes the Occupation, we had the clear feeling that they had no idea what we were talking about. They were polite, but immediately called their superiors to clarify how they should respond to our presence. Apparently, they were told to kick us out from the area where we were standing. We stayed there a few minutes more and both they and we left the place.
On the way back, at about 13:00, when we passed highway #5 at the entrance to Kif el-Haris, there were soldiers standing there alongside a jeep and military vans.
Summary: we think that it is not worthwhile to continue patrols along this route in particular, but there is reason to visit additional areas and get to know other villages.