Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), יום א' 4.5.08, בוקר
Translation: Suzzane O.
There are 6 cars from the west. At the northern roadblock there are two inspection lanes. A coach carrying older women is parked. A soldier inspects the driver's documents and permits the vehicle to continue on its way. 17 cars are in the queue at the roadblock.
There is no roadblock.
There are 15 vehicles in the queue. A driver tells us that he has been waiting for half an hour. Another driver claims angrily that he has been waiting for an hour already.
The turnstiles are empty. While we were at the roadblock only a few pedestrians arrived. The guest crossed the virtual line and was ordered to get away from the roadblock by the commander.
There are no lorries.
There is quite heavy traffic of those entering Nablus, very few people at the turnstiles. T., the DCO officer, explains it's because of the exams taking place today in Najach.
We discover that there is a young man in the lock-up cell. I approach and see the roadblock commander talking to him. He demands that I leave, of course explaining that it is for my own security. On the other hand he promises that the young man will shortly be released, and indeed a few minutes later the man is released, but gets on his bicycle and returns to Nablus.
The dog handler is present with her dog. It appears that the inspection of vehicles leaving Nablus is very thorough.
2 checkpoints are functioning.
A military policewoman shouts at the person she is checking, it is not clear why, but she quietens down immediately.
There are 30 - 40 people at the turnstiles.
A young man is put into the cell. According to T., he is ‘bingo'.
There are in the region of 12 vehicles at the roadblock.