Beit Furik, Huwwara, יום ה' 10.7.08, בוקר
Translation: Suzanne O.
For a change there is no roadblock.
The extension of the Barkan industrial area continues.
Marda - the road is open. Zeita - as usual the road is closed by concrete blocks.
The roadblock in the direction of Ariel is empty, from the direction of Huwwara we manage to count over 15 cars, and we cannot see the end of the queue. A detainee sits on the pavement near the soldiers. His name is Bashir, and he tells us that he doesn't know why he has been detained, it has been going on for months now and he has to wait for about 10 minutes at the roadblock. The roadblock commander is not prepared to tell us why he has detained Bashir. The young man comes from Jenin and he is on his way to Ramallah. Apparently his I.D. number is a ‘bingo'. After a few minutes Bashir is released and goes on his way. We notice a female soldier standing on the other side of the road behind a concrete block; she does not inspect the cars on their way to Huwwara, she just observed. The pace of the crossing is quite fast, but even so the queue does not get shorter. As we leave the roadblock we count 21 cars in the queue.
The car park is almost full. About 10 women and 10 men queue from the direction of Nablus for inspection. The flow of pedestrians into the town is relatively orderly. The soldiers serving in Huwwara are from the Nachal, the commander tells us that they are stationed here for another two weeks. There are no limitations.
We passed quickly by Awarta, both the car park and the roadblock are empty.
Cars queue on the approach road, there are a few pedestrians going into the town, the roadblock is actually quite deserted.
On our way back there is still a queue of some 20 cars from the direction of Huwwara.
Marda and Zeita: as they were on our way in this morning.