'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 5.1.12, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
The roadblocks seem to be like the winter wild flowers – they pop up after the rain.
6:20 a.m. There is a new group of soldiers and the roadblock is managed differently. There is a long queue, with over 60 labourers. Those crossing claim they have waited over an hour. The soldiers are strict about keeping the roadblock sterile and do not allow us to move beyond the plastic blocks.
However, the commander explains that last Thursday he allowed those in the queue to huddle beneath the new awning and didn't insist that they stand between the fences (enlightened occupation).
6:30 a.m. The traffic is busier than usual across the agricultural gate.
6:35 a.m. There is no police presence at the exit from Israel and light traffic entering it.
There are Border Police in the checkpoints but at the time we crossed there were no cars at all there. The traffic was held up at the top of the hill by a heavily loaded lorry.
There is no military activity.
At the entrance to Itamar there is a military vehicle by the hitchhikers' station.
7:20 a.m. There is no snap roadblock at the entrance to the village. Even at the 'permanent' roadblock to Beit Furik there is no military presence.
The yellow iron barrier still prevents traffic from crossing.
7:35 a.m. A military car is parked beneath the lookout tower. According to the paratroopers they are always there and there are always soldiers in the lookout tower. (We have not seen a soul at this roadblock for months.)
According to them they inspect the cars from time to time according to need.
At the road up to Bracha a Palestinian car is held up at a snap roadblock. The soldier in the post did not get out and go to it. We were unable to find out what the problem was because there were a lot of cars behind us at the roundabout.
There is no military presence.
8:00 There are no soldiers in the positions.
A superficial inspection as usual.