Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), יום ג' 20.5.08, בוקר

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Yael P., Nurit V., Rachel A. (reporting)

Translation:  Suzanne O.

Tapuach Junction

8:15 a.m. 

There are almost no cars in the queue.

Beit Furiq

8:25 a.m. 

There are very few people crossing.  There are almost no cars in the queue.

3 young people are detained.

When we ask, the soldiers tell us that their names appear on the lists and they are awaiting clarification.  According to them, the detaineesinfo-icon have only been held for about 5 minutes.  We cannot check this out since we are unable to approach the detainees.

The soldiers are behaving reasonably well.  They tell us that there are very few people, perhaps because of what happened at Huwwara the previous evening (a young Palestinian was shot dead by soldiers).  They said that here there had also been a ‘mess' during the night.  An armed person had been roaming around...


8:50 a.m. 

There are very few people crossing and quite a lot of soldiers.  There are more officers than usual.  Even so there does not seem to be any tension in the air.  Two posh cars carrying VIPs cross.

The roadblock commander, N., comes over to talk to us.  He is polite and friendly.  He asks us nicely not to photograph the soldiers.  There appears to be a lot of discussion here of the events of yesterday.

We hear people in the car park saying that the young man who was shot has not yet been identified and, anyway, he had only been carrying a telephone with an earpiece which was what the soldiers saw.

Someone leaving Nablus tells us that he has a pharmacy near Ariel, near the road: children from Beit Iksel threw stones and the soldiers ordered him and his neighbours to close their shops.

(Just a comment:  on the way I heard on the radio that children threw stones on Bar Ilan Road in Jerusalem.  I don't think that any shops were closed...)

There is no x-ray machine.  The cars leaving are inspected extremely thoroughly - using dogs.

At the pedestrians' crossing there does not appear to be any more tension or bad feeling than usual.  The female soldier inspecting documents jokes with the soldiers (as usual).

The DCO officer comes over to talk to us.  He is very pleasant and cooperative.

Yitzhar Junction

10:00 a.m. 

There is no roadblock.

Tapuach Junction

There are no cars in the queue.

Near Ariel it turns out that the shops, including the pharmacy, are now open.