Azzun Atma, Huwwara, Awarta and Beit Furik 6 December 2012
Translation: Suzanne O.
We didn't come out two weeks ago because of the war, this morning the children of Beit Furik gave us a warm welcome.
After a very rainy night there are a lot of puddles in the improvised car park but there are only a few labourers awaiting transport. Many thought that there would not be any work today because of the rain. On the other side of the road there are no labourers at all waiting for the crossing examination.
The whole site has had a serious makeover. The tent awning has been reinstated over the check point and, for the first time, two awnings have been erected – one for labourers leaving the village and the other, long and roomy, for labourers returning in the evening. Now, say the labourers, only toilets are missing.
From our experience when the site reaches its ultimate goal, it means that it will soon close.
A system of speed humps has been installed which causes the cars to cross very slowly.
We didn't see any soldiers in the positions. The Chanukah light which has stood for a few years in the middle of the roundabout now stands at the side.
There is heavy traffic up the hill.
There is no military activity. A civilian looking vehicle is parked for a good hour in one of the bays.
There are no soldiers. The flag is also not flying.
The yellow barrier still bars the crossing. Someone has rolled a large rock into the centre of the road so that it is difficult to approach the separate building.
We didn't see any soldiers in the lookout tower. There are no flags and even the lighting has finally been put out while it's not needed.
There is a soldier on the hill up to Bracha.
Border Police soldiers staff the positions, there is heavy traffic on the main road.
There are a lot of police and security forces on the road leaving Israel. It is not clear what their intention is.