Hamra (Beqaot), Ma'ale Efrayim, Za'tara (Tapuah)
10:00 – Zatara Checkpoint (Tapuah Junction)
The checkpoint was not manned but a group of Border Police were snacking under the observation tower. The parking lot next to the checkpoint has been fenced in for a long time now, and locked with a gate. We stop next to the gate and immediately a delegation of Border Police marched over to us. Their commander stated explicitly to us, “I am here to protect all citizens, Jews, Palestinians. I will also protect you.” Luckily for us, four army jeeps and a patrol car arrived and our car was blocking the entrance; they ask us to leave. Until we did, I recorded a telephone conversation of one of the police who reported that they stopped a female Palestinian and she was held in an enclosed area. An attacked policeman - she pushed one of them. . .
Not manned. Same on the way home in the afternoon (15:00).
Hamra Checkpoint – Beqaot Checkpoint
At this hour there were no Palestinians. We did not stop.
No change. One of our friends says, “when the army is busy in Jerusalem, we have a little quiet.”
One of the Ecumenical volunteers with whom we spoke by telephone told us that there was an army training exercise in Ras-El-Akmar, on 13.10.15, and for three days they evacuated the residents from their homes again and again, many hours every day.
As yet, no restoration has begun. We visited a family whose house has been destroyed and they live, with eight children, in the brother’s house, because the brother has temporarily moved to Noima.The woman asked how many children I have and when I answered “three” she said sadly, “I envy you. I only wanted four, so that I could give them a better life.” As stated, she has eight children and she now takes “medicine to prevent pregnancy.”