'Azzun, 'Azzun 'Atma, Habla, Huwwara, Yasuf, Za'tara (Tapuah)

Observers: 
A guest and Fathiya (reporting); Translator: Charles K.
19/02/2013
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Afternoon

13:55  Habla gate.  As the soldiers begin to close the gatesinfo-icon a young Palestinian man arrives.  They start arguing with him, but when they see us looking at the clock and that there are still three minutes left to closing time they tell him OK, yallah, hurry up.  They let him through and immediately closed the gate.

 

We left and drove via Azzun.  Two jeeps and a Hummer stood at the entrance.  The time was 14:05.

We continued to Huwwara via Jit junction.  A flying checkpoint had stopped some vehicles at 14:20.  Huwwara was empty.  From there we drove to Za’tara.  The checkpoint was manned; they were conducting inspections.  Vehicles were detained on the roadside.  Soldiers used dogs to inspect their interiors.

 

15:10  We continued to Yasuf.  At 3 in the morning on February 17 settlers from Tapuah entered the village and wrote “Price Tag – Rock-throwing terrorists.”  Soldiers came that night as well, damaged tires of cars parked next to homes, entered some homes, upended their contents, searched using dogs and arrested a youth named Tha’ar Nai’m Muhammad Khalil Abid.  Police from the Ariel police station arrived the next day, the 18th, together with people from the DCO and the army, interrogated a few people and left.  When we left the village we saw at the entrance a civilian car in which four soldiers sat.

 

We arrived at Azzun Atma at 16:15.  There wasn’t a long line of laborers.  We waited for about half an hour and left.