'Azzun, 'Azzun 'Atma, 'Izbet alTabib, Burin (Yitzhar), Habla, Haris, Huwwara, Jit Junction , Za'tara (Tapuah)

Observers: 
Pitchiya Akfa, Yehudit Levin, (reporting, photos), Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham
Dec-26-2013
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Afternoon

We hear from the media that there are peace talks taking place.

There is, however, an increased presence of the IDF in the occupied territories.

 

11:30 – Habla Checkpoint – there is noon traffic flowing and people are crossing smoothly without delay.  Everyone is meticulously checked, including the vehicles.

The checkpoint is open from 06:30 – 07:30, 13:00 – 104:00, and from 17:00-18:00.

13:30 – The entrance to the village of Izat al Tabib is open, but the large rocks that were here before are still in place.  An army jeep is parked nearby.

14:00 – The entrance to the village of Azun is blocked by large boulders since Tuesday.  There is also an armored car in the entrance.  We were told that there is always an army vehicle there.  We had seen before that the crossing from the west between Izbat El Tabib and Azun was open.

14:07 – An army jeep is parked near the entrance to the village of Janspot.

14:20 – A military jeep is parked on the traffic island at the Jitt Junction on the road leading to Nablus.

 

We continued and entered Burin so that we could take pictures of the soldiers.  They are parked on the land belonging to Burin and looking out over the village.  A Palestinian whom we know tells us that they are standing there observing every day.    Sometimes the head of security of the settlement of Yizhar is also present.  We saw tire tracks on the land belonging to the village, which no doubt did damage to the crops. 

The soldiers came up to us and explained that they were guarding the road because someone from the village

Climbed the hill and thres a Molotov cocktail.  (this is strange since the area is open and it would be possible to see anyone attempting to throw it).   The Palestinian whom we spoke to said that it was time to plow the field, but he was afraid to do so because the soldiers might interfere.  Parhia promised we sould stay there until the field was plowed, which we did.  (See photo).  The farmer found a black crab underneath a rock.  He showed us an area nearer the road and said they had planted olive trees there in a festive occasion at which the former Prime Minister was present.  However, the farmers are afraid to work close to the road because the settlers might harm them, and the trees were neglected and died. 

 The Burin School where the first and second graders study is nearby.  We were told that when school ends soldiers are stationed near the exit.  Last Monday there were 14 jeeps present and the soldiers arrested a boy who had a camerainfo-icon.  The army is also present at night.

 

 15:00 – Hawara Checkpoint – The inspection positions are not in operation.  A soldier is standing guard at the entrance to the settlement of Bracha.

 

16:00 – Zatra Checkpoint – Two soldiers outside the checkpoint are checking a Palestinian on his way to Nablus.  No one is checking anyone inside the checkpoint.   An army vehicle is present and the yellow gate is closed at the entrance.

 

16:15 – Hares – Several armed soldiers are standing in the olive groves near the village.

 

16:25 – Azun Atma Checkpoint – Workers are returning home after working in the settlements all week.  People are crossing without delay and everyone is being checked.