'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 24.5.12, Morning
Translator: Hanna K.
A momentary joy – the yellow arm at Awarta is open. But not to worry, tomorrow it will be shut again
06:40 Azzun Atma: a not very long queue progresses quickly. A few soldiers and military policemen check the outgoing people meticulously. There is an innovation at the CP – a table for the checking the food bags and the tools which the workmen carry with them. The soldiers are new on the spot. They refuse to talk to us.
Near the agricultural gate we again see a large group of people waiting. It seems that they are not "infiltrators" but have been checked at the agricultural gate and prefer to wait at this point for the transportation supplied by the contractors. It seems that the passage through this gate is easier.
Shomron crossing: There is no police at the departure from Israel. Heavy appliances are working, they seem to be expanding and improving the passage.
07:10 Za'tara/Tapuah: The posts aren't manned.
Burin/Yitzhar CP: There is no military activity.
07:20 Awarta: The key was found and the yellow arm is open. Cars from the direction of Awarta pass through to Nablus. We read in the reports that yesterday, following the riot at Huwwara, they directed the traffic to Awarta, and probably "forgot" to shut the gate when the central axis was opened. Later we phoned the DCO and there they made it clear that the gate is going to be shut "as it has become unnecessary and it is possible to drive through Huwwara". This is all true, but if there is a road why close it? I am still waiting for the answer of the spokeswoman of the Central Command, to which I have referred the question already in March 2011 ("we are working on it").
07:45 Beit Furik: There are no soldiers and the traffic flows also from the direction of Beit Dajan on the Madison axis. We didn't see any soldier on the tower.
08:00 Huwwara: We didn't see any soldiers around the CP, neither on the top of the tower.
On the way up to Bracha settlement – there is a soldiers. According to him he is there to guard the civilians as it is dangerous there.
Burin/Yitzhar – there is no military activity.
08:40 Za'tara/Tapuah: There are a few border policemen at the CP post. They check ID cards haphazardly. The queue becomes short or long alternately. At the parking lot there are two cars whose owners wait to get their ID cards back after a thorough check.
At the Shomron crossing there is a lively traffic.