Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Wed 19.3.08, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
The entrance is blocked, nothing new.
The traffic flows in all directions. Four lanes are functioning from the north. The unit here is of reservists. The soldiers do not really know about our organisation, they ask for information and tend to talk seriously. There is no separation in spite of the Purim Festival being near and the announcements of closures in the media.
There is no roadblock.
When we arrived there were no cars queuing in the car park. Later on there were still few vehicles. The inspection was quite quick, via two lanes. There was no requirement for the ‘belt dance' and/or need to stop at a distance from the soldiers. The traffic of pedestrians was quite heavy. The fact that the weather has cleared up seems to have had an effect. The soldiers did not ‘leap' to warn us not to approach the roadblock as they usually do.
There is heavy traffic of pedestrians in both directions but very light vehicle traffic. There is no separation and no limitations on crossing.
The x-ray machine is function. The DCO officer, R., is present.
From now coaches full of children on their annual outings arrive one after the other in a southerly direction. We counted six of them. Apart from one they cross with no problems. One coach had no permit, but it is permitted to cross later.
From the direction of Nablus a coach of touring children (or perhaps they are going to support their team in a game) is inspected (in the direction of the exit from Nablus). The children are taken off the coach. At first they wait at a distance from the coach. Later they are asked to cross via the roadblock and to continue on foot to the car park, where they again wait for transport. A very strange procedure, to say the least.
We left the roadblock. At Za'atra/Tapuach Junction there is no noticeable pressure.