Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), יום ו' 16.5.08, בוקר
Translation: Suzanne O.
Tapuach Junction is empty. One position was functional. All the way along there were Israeli flags.
The roadblock commander, a sergeant by the name of Omer, came over to us and asked if we have any questions. He complained that two of the MachsomWatch women from the previous day (Thursday) had argued with him about standing behind the white line. We explained that the issue of the white line is not clear and that Beit Furiq roadblock is the only one with a ‘white line' and where the traffic at the roadblock is brought to a halt until the MachsomWatch women leave, we also mentioned the use of spikes at the roadblock. Omer claimed that this was an exercise.
We asked Omer why the MachsomWatch women bother him and why the ‘Blue and White' women are allowed to cross the line. He replied that he had never seen the ‘Blue and White' women and that the MachsomWatch observers bother, annoy and disturb the confidence of the soldiers.
We said that it should be explained to the soldiers that we are doing our job - protecting human rights. We added that the legal counsel for Yehuda and Shomron said that the white line is not legal. We promised to bring a copy of the IDF legal counsel's letter with us next time.
The area was empty.
The checkpoint was empty. There was a queue for the elderly and women and a queue for young men. The young men were inspected thoroughly. There were five soldiers standing outside the checkpoint not doing anything. Just two soldiers carried out the inspections.