'Einabus, Awarta, Beit Furik, Haris, Huwwara, Jama'in, Kifl Harith, Qira, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Zeta, Sun 10.11.13, Morning
Ana S. Tamar S., Aliyah S.(reporting)
9:30 We entered the territories through the Shomron Gate. The area was quiet; we didn't see any activity.
Za'atra (Tapuach Junction) was very quiet and almost empty. A number of settlers waited for a bus on the road to Ramallah. A soldier was guarding the bus stop. There was also a soldier on guard on the road to Nablus. In the center area a Border Guard soldier was checking a Palestinian car.
Nothing has changed at the Huwwara checkpoint. We saw two soldiers walking from the watch tower toward the traffic circle. The Beit Furik checkpoint was empty. On the road to Beit Dajan Nadim talked with a taxi driver who said that the area was relatively quiet. We drove through Awarta where another taxi driver said that the village was quiet. We noted that most of the places along the main street for workshops or shops were closed. There simply isn't enough economic activity for someone to open a business in the village. Since Nablus is so close the people shop there.
From Huwwara, where it was 'business as usual', we turned to 'Einabus, and then Jama'in. We drove through Zeta, Qira, Kifl Harith, and at Haris we turned back to the road to the Shomron Gate. In all of the villages it was a quiet mid-morning; nothing unusual happened. In all of these villages there were many more shops closed than open.
At the Shomron Gate the guard asked to see our ID cards. Tamar handed him her Tel Aviv University professor card. He was more interested in what Tamar teaches there than in where we had been. A very quiet morning.