'Awarta, 'Einabus, Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Wed 31.10.12, Morning
8:45 am: We entered the territories through the Shomron Gate. We decided to drive through
Ariel to see if there was anything new there, and also
as Tamar had never been there. There is a large new neighborhood on a hill farther to the east of the built up area.
Huwarra: The checkpoint was open and cars were driving through freely in both directions. An army jeep was standing in the parking lot.
Four soldiers were standing and sitting near the jeep looking entirely bored. They barely even glanced at us.
The checkpoint at Awarta was open and empty. We drove through Awarta hoping to be able to talk to our contact there. His workshop was
open but empty. We continued through Huwarra and Einabus. In Urif we saw a family harvesting olives. We stopped to talk to them and
to take pictures. It was a delightful Shahada family activity. A half year old baby sat in a swing-chair as his mother, aunt and grandmother
hit the trees to bring down the olives, and his father handled the heavy bags full of the fruit. The baby quietly watched the activity going on
We drove through Jammain, Zeita, Kira, Kif'l Hareth and Haris. Life seemed to be going on quite normally. We saw a few more groups harvesting
olives. At 11:15 we left through the Shomron Gate.