Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 18.11.07, Morning
Translation: Maureen A.
7:40 The entrance road to the village of Zeita is blocked with concrete blocks.
7:45 The Za'tara Checkpoint
6 vehicles from the west, 12 from the north.
8:00 Beit Furik Checkpoint
No vehicles. Few pedestrians.
13 trucks coming from the Israeli side, and about the same number in the opposite direction.
There's one security check station open, which is checking one vehicle from each direction alternately; therefore the long lines.
There are about 50 - 60 people in lines in the shed.
8:40 A bus arrives from Nablus - as usual, the passengers are told to get off the bus for the security check. We measure the time.
One woman passing by looks at the tag I'm wearing and 'advises' us, in English: "Go listen to how they are yelling at us." (She's probably talking about a soldier/soldiers at the other end of the line. We didn't hear it.)
9:10 The above-mentioned bus is allowed to leave (it was detained for 30 minutes).
9:30 One of the people passing by remarks sarcastically, "You are standing here to help us - sure!" As Bialik said before him, "[They] have seen you anew in your limited power."
During our entire stay at the Checkpoint we had no contact whatsoever with any of the soldiers (except for "Hi" from the DCO representative).
10:30 We left, via the Jit road.