'Azzun, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Habla, Huwwara, Madama, Za'tara (Tapuah)

Observers: 
Carol Cook, Susan Eid, Petahya (reporting(. Translator: Charles K.
26/11/2015
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Afternoon

 

13:45  Habla

A Palestinian arrived from Habla on a tractor loaded with some 30 containers of pesticide.  He had a permit to bring them to the plant nurseries.  The soldiers insisted that he wait for them to telephone and receive approval.  After about 20 minutes they let him through.  He unloads the containers on the other side of the checkpoint because someone must come and get them.  When he finished he wanted to return to Habla, two minutes before the gate closed, but meanwhile the soldiers closed the gate on the Habla side.  He begged them to let him cross, but even when we intervened it didn’t help.  When I asked one of the soldiers what time the gate closed he replied “I don’t remember.”  The Palestinian man had no choice; he reloaded the containers and drove toward the nurseries, where he had to wait for the gate to open in the evening.

 

14:35  A military pickup truck stands at the entrance to ‘Izbet Tabib, soldiers surrounding it.  A pickup truck and soldiers also stood at the entrance to ‘Azzun.

 

15:00  Jit junction

Soldiers stood at the new emplacement on the hill.

 

15:10  Madama

Young people and pupils gathered as we passed the school.  They stopped us to ensure we’re not settlers.  They said settlers keep trying to come in so they stand there to prevent them.  They thanked us.

 

15:15.  Huwwara

A military jeep stands at the bus stop, soldiers in the bus shelter.  A concrete barrier has been erected at the traffic circle to prevent Palestinians from driving on the apartheid road.  A jeep stands on Huwwara’s main road, soldiers alongside it.

 

Beit Furiq

Drivers reported that Tuesday, 24.11.15, the checkpoint closed and people couldn’t go through.

 

16:00  Za’tara

Manned.  A jeep stands in the middle of the plaza, many soldiers walking around with guns drawn and all the bus stops are full of soldiers.

 

16:10  Ariel junction

Many soldiers, primarily near the bus stop.  Many soldiers at the entrance to Kifl Hars, spread out in the olive grove.

 

Hars junction

Soldiers everywhere; a new emplacement has been erected before the traffic light.