Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Wed 23.4.08, Afternoon
We made a trip on the roads on which the settlers do not drive in the area between Magdal Bnei Fadal in the east and Azzun Atma in the west of which there will be a separate report.
13.00 The road to Bruqin under the industrial area of Ariel is open.
13.10 The entrance to Jamaiem Zeita is still closed with large blocks and the entrance to Marda is open.
13.15 Za'tara. 6 cars in either direction.
14.25 Burin/Yitzhar not manned and the road is open.
The car park is packed and one of the kiosk owners says that when a captain by the name of T. is present there are no problems and that is so today. There are few people and 3 checking areas. Cars leaving Nablus are carefully checked with all the passengers waiting outside.
15.10 more and more people begin arriving.
14.40 4 cars waiting to leave Nablus.
14.57 About 30 pedestrians waiting to leave Nablus and more and more people start arriving.
15.00 there are over 50 people. We stand in the path at the entrance to Nablus.
A young woman with a baby in a pram arrives. Next to the turnstile she takes the baby out of the pram, folds it, takes the little one through the turnstile and starts to push slowly. The baby does not understand what is wanted of it and does not move and though she explains again and again it does not help. Now she tries to get herself through with the pram and somehow manages. One does not have to look at her to see what she is going through. The woman soldier at the post tries to make me move but I refuse and she says she will stop the checking but after some words goes on, and dafke efficiently and quickly. It takes about 7 minutes to a person.
15.15 There are already about 100 people and there are now new rules about standing in line. They wait about 3 metres from the turnstile. When the soldier has finished checking one person she shouts "come" and opens the turnstile and one person comes forwards. It would be interesting to know how many exercises have been done so as to bring about this new procedure.
15.40 Beit Furik.
Few people and 4 cars which pass slowly.
A boy of 12 and his uncle from Beit Dag'an come to us and the man says that the boy studies I Sakwanda in Nablus. He has a photocopy of the boy's birth certificate and the father's id including the supplement. His uncle is a driver from Nablus and he says he travels to Nablus several times a week to the martial arts school but today they are not allowing him to enter Nablus. Sometimes they let the boy through and sometimes not. Today they will not let him through and so they will have to go home. The man phoned the centre and asked if there was no way of getting a permit because the children have classes a few times each week . In the end it was suggested that he take a letter written in English and Arabic from the school . A child of 12 has missed his lesson and the security of Israel has been assured. Amen.
At 15.50 the soldiers stopped letting cars through and then started again very slowly. When I went to the soldiers to remark that cars were waiting the commander told me to go back to the white line and that he would come to speak to us. We waited and he did not come. The DCO representative came up to us and we told him what was happening. The soldiers were sitting and waiting and then would get up and let one car through and then went back to rest and so on. At one stage the captain joined us and said nothing while the DCO argued with us that cars were going through. We said to him that we could see exactly what was happening. After he left us they started sending through cars quicker.
16.15 Checkpoint Awarta. Few cars.
On the way back we see that the checkpoint of Huwwara is nearly empty and decided to take a trip on the inside roads ( the apartheid roads of the Palestinians.)