Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Fri 25.1.08, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
The White Line is alive and well.
There are very few cars and two positions are open.
The roadblock is not staffed in either direction.
There is no pedestrian traffic. One car is in the queue. We receive the full attention of the soldiers: they immediately send us away behind the white line. If we do not obey instructions they threaten to close the crossing. They have information from ‘The Blue and White Women' that they can also arrest us. We are drawn into an ideological discussion... once again it appears that the Israeli educational establishment has managed to produce obedient and ignorant soldiers. They have no idea what the Green Line is: "You want to tell me that Ariel is not in the Green Line?" They do not know that the territories of the West Bank have never been annexed to Israel; they are first rate on the history and mythology of two thousand years ago, but what happened two hours before they were born... that's not relevant.
The back-to-back roadblock is deserted.
There is very little traffic. The soldiers immediately show us the white line. One lane is open and it is the inner lane so that even if we were to stand closer we would not really be able to see what is going on. The humanitarian lane is open but a few metres in front of it a soldier is inspecting bags. The dog handler and the x-ray machine are present.