'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Jit Junction , Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 17.6.12, Morning
Dalya W., Nurit W.L. (reporting) Translator: Charles K.
06:45 Azzun Atma
A line of about 50 people at the checkpoint; more keep arriving. Even though two booths are operating and the checkpoint opened at 05:00, crossing goes pretty slowly. We timed it – an average of 40 minutes. The commander and some of the MPs as well as people going through said that crossing was slow and annoying.
Pretty empty; people cross freely. An army jeep in the parking lot and soldiers in the tower.
Empty; people cross freely. The signs reading “Israel rule in the territories now and forever,” which have already been photographed and reported, are noticeable in a number of places and no one removes them. A soldier is posted at the hitchhiking station.
We continued to Awarta to pick up documents from someone who’s been blacklisted in order to file an appeal. The village is sleepy, but children wearing uniform shirts and backpacks waited to go on a trip. Classes have ended. People we met have developed a cynical humor about their situation.
09:00 Yitzhar junction – A flying checkpoint, but it hasn’t caused any real delay. A flying checkpoint at Sara as well - a Hummer, concrete barriers, but no cars were detained.
We returned via Jit. No unusual traffic along the way.