'Azzun 'Atma, Habla, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 22.1.13, Afternoon

Observers: 
Petahya, Tova (reporting), Nadim (driver) Translator: Charles K.
22/01/2013
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Afternoon

 

13:40  Habla.  The gate is open.  The car from the plant nursery comes out; one car enters.

 

14:00  A soldier closes the gate.

 

14:30  Huwwara.  We see no soldiers.  An Israeli flag flies.  A monument with three stone arches under construction in the adjacent plaza.  Large brown posters invite people to visit Itamar.

Heavy pedestrian and car traffic on the main street.

 

Tapuach junction.  Soldiers on site aren’t conducting inspections.  We go through the Shomron crossing on our way to Azzun Atma.

 

15:20  The checkpoint at Azzun Atma is closed; no laborers.  Today is election day in Israel – a holiday, no one goes through to work except employees of the quarries, with permits.  Four soldiers in position who don’t want to talk to us – “We don’t have to,” pointing to the Machsom Watch tag we’re wearing.  The checkpoint has been renovated; a roof has been installed to shelter those crossing.