Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 13.12.07, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
One or two kilometres after the customary roadblock on Road No. 5, there is a Special Police Unit snap roadblock. They are inspecting the boot of the cars too.
The entrance to Marda is open; concrete blocks bar the entrance to Zeita.
There are 30 cars from the direction of Huwwara to Ramallah.
There are a lot of soldiers. There are no queues. In the pit we find Ahmad who was arrested on the 23rd and imprisoned for about a month. He was released without being told why he had been arrested. Since then he is detained every day at the roadblock. He tells us that now the soldiers are O.K. and detain him each time just for a little while. He lives near the Beit Alma Camp and he assumes that the soldiers suspect that he knows wanted men but no one investigates him or asks him questions, they just detain him every day. He speaks fluent Hebrew and has worked in the industrial area of Barkan for years. The soldiers tell us that they have orders to detain him. They are polite and attentive.
All quiet, the traffic is light both of pedestrians and cars.
Between 75 - 80 cars are in the queue from Huwwara. The roadblock commander (Engineering Corps) tells us that they are looking for a particular document. She was polite and businesslike.
Marda and Zeita
As this morning.