'Azzun 'Atma, Haris, Thu 17.11.11, Morning
Watchers: Nora R., Chana P. (reporter)
Translation: Suzanne O.
There was uproar at the roadblock yesterday so we decided to go there.
There is an extremely long queue which is joined by other people all the time. At both inspection windows where ID numbers are listed there is also a military policeman who checks everyone with a magnometer, the pace is slow.
Reserve soldiers are positioned at the roadblock. We talked to the roadblock commander and protested at the slow pace. Because of us, or maybe not, a military policewoman was posted to list ID numbers and the pace accelerated. When we passed by a second time, after 7 a.m., there was no queue.
We talked to two building labourers who waved at us. The house by the building site was in ruins and when we asked the reason for the destruction they said, Jews.
We stopped by a group of men sitting together at the entrance to one of the houses. They all said that for a long time they have been refused entrance to Israel by the Shabak, are unemployed and have been unable to get work permits for Israel. We suggested that they contact Sylvia. One of them had a touching story: his mother was injured in a traffic accident and cared for in a hospital in Israel. For the last three months before she died he was unable to visit her. In addition the compensation due to her from the insurance company Sahar was stopped but they have not received the money.
From there we drove home via Al Funduq.