'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 1.8.13, Morning

Observers: 
Observing and reporting: Itamar T., a student guest
01/08/2013
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Morning

 

Translator: Hanna K.

 

Today is the last day of the Ramadan Fast – everybody is exhausted from the daily fast and the nightly gluttony.

 

06:30 Azzun Atma:Very few workmen arrive at the turnstiles. All the computer posts are active. The Palestinians must hardly wait in the queue. According to the soldiers this was the situation since the morning.

 

Samariya crossing:There is no police at the exit from Israel.

 

07:10 Za'tara/Tapuah CP:Borderpolicemen walk around the area. One of them stands at the checking  post and from time to time talks with the drivers. One Transit driver was also asked to open the luggage compartment. While we were looking on, the soldier left the checking post and joined his colleagues at the parking lot.

 

The town of Huwwara is still asleep. All the shops are shut.

 

Yitzhar/Burin CPs: There is no military activity.

 

07:25 Awarta:The yellow arm blocks the passage.

 

07:50 Beit Furik:A military vehicle and a number of soldiers are in the CP area. When we ask they answer that they are conducting a maneuver. After they heard that we were members of Machsom Watch they lost interest in the conversation.

 

At the entrance to the village three soldiers spread spikes for a  flying CP. Why? A routine matter. Owing to the sparse traffic there is no accumulation of vehicles in the queue.

 

Here too everything is shut. On the walls there are big pictures of Arafat with Abu Mazen or the chained B. Barguti. In the village we didn't hear any opinion on the "Peace Process". Now everybody waits for the week to pass and the Ramadan to finish.

 

08:00 Huwwara: the CP isn't manned. There is very little traffic at the entrance to Nablus and the exit from it.

 

At the ascent to Beraha settlement  there is a soldier. Opposite the hitch-hikers station, on the tower, there is a soldier.

 

The Yitzhar/Burin CPs: There are no soldiers.

The town wakes up slowly.

 

08:20 Za'tara/Tapuah: There are border policemen at the parking lot, and they do not detain the traffic which has increased in the meantime.

 

Samariya crossing: the checking is superficial.