'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 27.9.12, Morning

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Observing and reporting: Esti A., Shosh D., Nava E.

 Translator:  Charles K.


The earth around the olive trees has been plowed and cleared – the harvest begins in two weeks.


06:30  Azzun Atma:  Construction and roadworks underway around the checkpoint.  There are now two locations where laborers are inspected, with four computers.  But only one booth is operating; the other isn’t manned.  The revolving gate still isn’t operating and the laborers pass through the fenced gate.


About 40 laborers on line; many on the other side wait for their rides.


The soldiers say the checkpoint was closed yesterday because there was no work in the settlements.


The outer gate, leading to the agricultural gate, was locked.  From a distance we could see vehicles driving near it.


Shomron crossing:  No police at the exit from Israel.


07:05  Za’tara/Tapuach:  We saw no soldiers in position.  The observation post was manned.


Yitzhar/Burin checkpoint:  No military activity.


07:30  Beit Furiq:  No soldiers.


07:35  Awwarta:  The yellow iron bar is still locked, blocking the crossing.


07:40  Huwwara:  We saw no soldiers in the tower.  But two stand at the checkpoint.  We asked why today is different; they replied, amazed, “there are always soldiers here.”  A car from Nablus has been detained nearby.  We stopped to ask why.  The soldier refused to answer, nor did the Palestinian driver reply.  We didn’t stay, in order not to hinder traffic, nor did it appear the Palestinians wanted to talk to us.


A soldier at the road up to Beracha.  Another in the tower opposite the hitchhiking station.


Burin/Yitzhar:  No military activity.


07:55  Za’tara/Tapuach:  Soldiers in position, but they’re not delaying traffic.


On our way back we saw, opposite the Ariel industrial zone, a flying checkpoint had been set up, creating a huge traffic jam, mostly of Israeli vehicles.


Shomron crossing:  The car two vehicles in front of us, with a yellow license plate, is sent to the side for additional inspection.  The inspectors refuse to tell us what was problematic about the passengers