Azzun Atma, Huwwara, Awarta and Beit Furik

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Esti A., Shosh D., and Nava A.

Translation:  Suzanne O.


New in the area:  A military jeep stops cars on the Huwwara main road.  They examine the passengers' documents and the contents of the vehicles.  Is this a new policy or the soldiers' initiative?


Azzun Atma

6:25 a.m. 

Only a few labourers wait for transport and there is not a long queue by the turnstile.  The reservists have left and the regular soldiers don't really talk to us.  4 checkpoints have been set up.  Only two of them are staffed and only one is active.  The soldiers say that there is a fault and the queue starts to lengthen.

The Palestinians say that they have been in the queue for about an hour.

The road works on the way to Sha'arei Tikva continue apace.


Shomron Crossing

There is no police presence at the exit from Israel.  There is a long queue of settlers at the entrance to Israel.



7:05 a.m. 

The roadblock is not staffed.  The soldiers are in the positions situated around the roundabout.


Yitzhar/Borin roadblocks

There is no military activity.


Beit Furik

7:30 a.m. 

There are no soldiers.

In the village all is routine.  The children, on their way to school, and greet us happily in Hebrew.




The yellow barrier still bars the crossing.



7:40 a.m. 

A military vehicle is parked on one of the lanes leading to Nablus but does not interfere with the flow of traffic.


On the hill on the way to Bracha – a soldier.  At the hitchhiking stop a couple of settlers are waiting and opposite them, in the tower – a soldier.



There are no soldiers at the roadblock.  A military vehicle is parked in the car park.


Shomron Crossing

Traffic is normal.