'Azzun 'Atma, Eyal Crossing, Habla, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Mon 26.11.12, Morning

Observers: 
Dina A., Nina S. (reporting), Translator: Judith Green
26/11/2012
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Morning

 

 

A quiet ordinary morning of the occupation;  the passage of children to school goes quickly.

 

06:25  'Azzun 'Atma

Many people are already waiting for their employers on the Israeli side;  they crowd around the walls and in the shelter of the barriers and warm themselves with small bonfires they lit, as, by our standards, a temperature of 14 degrees C is cold.  There is an average  line for this hour of about 60 people waiting.  The construction activities at the checkpoint continue;  they added low cement walls which control the line on the Palestinian side and also on the Israeli side, but they are not yet in use.  The passage is quick, 25 people went through in 8 minutes, quite different than at Habla.  No people coming from the direction  of  the Tamar Gate - we should check if it was actually open.

 

07:10  Habla

The first group just went through.  2 buses of children arrive and go through quickly, after being  inspected by a woman soldier.  For what reason?  What could they be smuggling to Habla and for what reason?

 

One worker, after he had passed through inspection at the booth, was asked to pass another inspection of his packages by the military police near the exit.  30 people went through in 11 minutes, a real record of speed for this gate, where usually only one person goes through in a minute.

 

07:50  Eliyahu Gate

A few vehicles are being checked; there is no line in the pedestrian area.

 

08:20  Hawwara

There are no soldiers around, and traffic goes through with undisturbed.

 

09:00  Za'atra/Tapuah

One soldier on the lookout.  From the direction of Nablus the Palestinians go through in the right-hand lane of the "Israelis" as well as through the "Palestinian" lane