Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 23.10.07, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
There are 50 cars going south and two buses in the car park with most of their passengers sitting inside them.The dog handler is present. There are no roadblocks on the road to Huwwara.
The traffic is light, the soldiers are polite (they have been here for about a month, N., is the roadblock commander) and there are no special limitations.
Two lanes, plus the humanitarian one, are functioning. Three traders and their stalls are being thoroughly checked (after I had photographed the process a soldier came over and asked to see the photos he relaxed when he had seen them).
The x-ray machine for cases (gorman) is not available so cases, bundles and bags are inspected on the floor of the roadblock.
The moment we enter the roadblock a soldier, accompanied by a military policewoman (she appears to be the experienced one and is training the soldiers), approach us and demand that we move away from the roadblock and stand beside Nadim’s car, the demand is accompanied by the information that the roadblock is a closed army area and photography is also forbidden. Our explanations do not help and they inform us that they will close the roadblock until we stand behind the white line (which is not to be found). They battle against us at the expense of the Palestinians.
There is a team from the ?? organisation in the car park, together with Buma Inbar, concerning the olive harvest, we suggested that he go and see the ‘standstill’ at the roadblock. Indeed, after we telephoned Naomi, the Humanitarian Centre and the Brigade commander, the cars started to cross very slowly. Two Hammer jeeps arrived with a major and the roadblock opened. Afterwards the major came over to us and we explained what was going on, he promised to check the legal aspects of the matter and reported to Chaim that there is no ban on photography.
There are 16 cars and a dog handler present.