'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 18.7.13, Morning

Observing and reporting: Esti A., Nava E

Translator:  Charles K.


The month of Ramadan – light traffic on the roads of the West Bank, stores are open late.


06:20  Azzun Atma:  About 40 people on line beyond the revolving gate.  The crossing operates efficiently.  Palestinians report they didn’t wait long.  The sergeant wonders why we’re here; he’d never seen a shift from Machsom Watch.


Shomron crossing:  No police at the exit from Israel.

A truck loaded with bags of cement on its way to the settlements.


06:55  Za’tara/Tapuach:  The checkpoint isn’t manned.  Soldiers are in their posts around the plaza.  Police inspect Palestinian trucks by the roadside.

A number of military vehicles wait by the side of the roads in Huwwara.


Yitzhar/Burin checkpoints:  No military activity.


07:25  Beit Furik:  Not manned.

Everything’s normal in the village.  The streets are empty, the stores closed.  But at the entrance to the butcher shop animalsinfo-icon are being slaughtered for the holiday dinner.


07:35  Awarta:  The yellow iron bar still blocks the entrance.


07:40  Huwwara:  Not manned.  Very little traffic to and from Nablus.

On the road up to Beracha – a soldier.  A number of settlers wait at the hitchhiking station, opposite a soldier in the guard tower.


Yitzhar/Burin checkpoints:  No soldiers.

Military vehicles are still parked on the town’s streets.  All the stores are closed; the falafel shop also, of course.


07:50  Za’tara/Tapuach:  No soldiers at the checkpoint.  Israeli police continue to inspect vehicles.


Shomron gate:  Normal traffic.