Beit Iba, Sun 31.8.08, Afternoon
14:30: The checkpoint commander said "shalom" nicely to us. All the soldiers were polite to us, but didn't talk to us. In general, the checkpoint operated quietly and in a businesslike manner. None of the pedestrian lines were long; it took people entering and leaving Nablus an average of ten minute to go through the checkpoint. All the women and elderly men went through the humanitarian lane relatively quickly, with a minimum of checking. The vehicle lines were also relatively short, and they were checked quickly. Two men were detained for interrogation - the soldiers told us that they'll be checked and released.
The male soldiers were neatly dressed, and behaved properly; but we couldn't help noting the sloppy appearance of the single female soldier on duty: she's tall and fairly heavy, and her low-riding pants almost completely exposed the curve of her behind (even though her shirt covered her underpants). I'm not conservative, but it wasn't a pleasant sight. The military webbing she had on was overloaded, and she had a heavy load on her back. Despite all this, she behaved quietly and in a businesslike manner.
14:50: Three high-ranking officers (each with a star on his shoulder) came to see the checkpoint. Two carried guns, but the third was unarmed, no helmet or flak jacket. The two others showed gave him a thorough tour of the checkpoint, and he looked satisfied with what he saw.
15:30: The checkpoint operated so smoothly that we felt we weren't needed there, so we left.