Awarta, Beit Furik, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 15.6.08, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
7:25 Zeita: As usual, the road is blocked by cement cubes and an iron gate.
10 cars from the west.
At the north-south checkpoint - a new group of air force reservists. 3 lanes open. 32 vehicles on line.
8:15 Beit Furik:
The parking lot is empty. Three cars waiting. We're told that the Palestinian police pulled 2000 cars from Beit Furik and Beit Dajan off the road, and a taxi stand opened in Beit Furik, inside the village.
No trucks entering, three cars exiting.
The parking lot is crowded, full of activity. Lots of people going to Nablus, and sometimes there's a delay going through the turnstile.
Three lanes open at the turnstiles. 40-50 people waiting. A., the commander, tells us that the checkpoint was very crowded earlier.
9:35 An elderly women holding a month-old baby in her arms, has been waiting ten minutes or more for her son to go through the turnstile.
9:38 The son comes through.
9:50 A Palestinian who lives in Awarta comes over to us for help: on the evening of 18.5.08 his ID card was taken from him in Shirat by a border policeman. He was told that he'd get it back in Na'alin. He went there, waited until 1 am and the ID wasn't found. Since then he's gone there a number of times, to no avail - the ID card isn't there. I ask T, the DCO representative, who's at the checkpoint, and he explains to the Palestinian that he has to get a new ID card. Unfortunately, that's really what he must do, which involves, in addition to having to run around from place to place, a significant expense.
10:00 We leave the checkpoint.
10:45 At the entrance to Burin/Yitzhar there's a Hummer carrying soldiers, facing the settlement.