'Awarta, Beit Furik, Habla, Haris, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah)
Thursday morning 06/08/2015 - Hable Agricultural Gate, Huwwara, Beit Furik, the entrance to Beita, the Za'atra junction, Haras
13:20 Habla Agricultural Gate
The gate is supposed to be open between 7:15 – 8:15 in the morning. A Palestinian farmer told us that he was 5 minutes late but the soldiers refused to let him through. (The gate had not really been closed yet!)
14:15 Huwwara checkpoint
Nothing unusual was going on. Vehicles were crossing in both directions. The old checkpoint was still positioned in its original place and considering the busy traffic we thought that maybe one day the army will start checking again…
14:20 Beit Furik checkpoint
There wasn't much left of the checkpoint. We saw no soldiers.
The town was quiet, probably due to the heat. The owner of the grocery store told us that after they heard about the fire in Douma it appeared that the attackers had been funded by extreme Jews in the USA. It made them feel as if in jail. Apart from that, they had no news. The village was rather quiet. Mostly, the village grows olives. Its construction workers are known to be the best (many work in Israel), but when we drive through Awwarta it looks quite neglected. There is not much hope or love in the world, that's how we concluded our conversation with the shopkeeper.
An army Jeep is parked at the entrance to Beita.
On the road to the Za'atra Junction there was much traffic. It was Thursday afternoons so many people were returning to their villages.
Suddenly, we saw an armored Jeep driving south at high speed. It was sounding its siren. Later, when we heard the news about the Palestinian car running down 3 Israeli soldiers at Shilo, we understood where it was heading.
As usual at this hour, we saw an army Jeep at the Haras junction.