Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 25.10.07, Morning

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Edna K., and Moran A.

Translation:  Suzanne O. 

At the Shomron Gate there is a Border Police roadblock with a police van beside it.

6:40 a.m.
There are police at the Ariel Junction since the shooting that took place yesterday. 

Za’atra/Tapuach roadblock

6:42 a.m. 
There are four vehicles in the queue from the west.  In the car park there is a bus whose passengers have been taken off and who stand in a circle for a document inspection.  Edna speaks to some of the women who ask what we are doing and how we help. 
From the direction of Huwwara to Ramallah three to four vehicles are at the roadblock.  Two lanes are open.

6:55 a.m. 
The Borin roadblock is open.


7:00 a.m. 

Fuad Jarin comes over to us and asks us to help him find out where the army took his son on Monday, since then he has not heard from him.  The son, Muhammed Fuad Machmoud Jarin, was on his way to Jerusalem for surgery on Monday, the family is from the Balata Camp.
Fuad has already spoken to Niv from Doctors for Human Rights.  Muhammed’s I.D. no. is: 850728346, date of birth: 16.7.87. 
The sergeant at the roadblock says that there are no limitations today. 

Beit Furiq

7:20 a.m. 

When we arrived there were no cars in the queue but quite a lot of pedestrians were queuing at the turnstile.  The moment we identified ourselves the female soldier ordered us to move away with a humiliating wave of the hand.  Edna mentioned it to her and the roadblock commander intervened and asked us to leave.  When we refused the roadblock commander decided to close the roadblock and stop the crossings.  With no alternative we moved away and Edna contacted the Humanitarian Centre. 
The soldier there, Nimrod, said that he would check the matter out with the Brigade and get back to us soon. 

Meanwhile the roadblock had reopened and a queue of 10 cars had built up at the junction.  After about 10 minutes we returned to the roadblock, all the pedestrians had crossed.  We went over to the roadblock commander, Avihai, and spoke to him.  The queue of cars had remained static and we asked why they were not crossing.  The roadblock commander answered that as long as we are at the roadblock cars will not cross.  With no alternative we moved away again.  Nimrod, of course, did not get back to us.



9:05 a.m. 

There are many pedestrians in the queue to be checked before leaving Nablus. 

9:45 a.m. 
Zita and Marda are open; there is no presence of police or army at Ariel Junction.

Shomron Gate

10:11 a.m.  
The roadblock on the road east is still functioning.