Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Sha`ar Shomron (Qasem), Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 18.9.08, Morning
Translation: Ruth F.
It was a depressing day, the security forces kept pestering.
6:25- Sa'ar Ha'Shomron wasn't manned from the eastern side.
A policeman was regulating the traffic from Ariel.
The entrance to Marda was open, but the way to Zeita was still blocked.
6:40- Za'tara/Tapuach junction:
There was no line from the direction of Ariel, and only a few vehicles from Huwwara.
The checkpoint was manned by reserves from the armed forces. There were no vehicles from Ariel and only a few heading from Huwwara, but that dissolved quickly. One soldier found the time for a morning prayer.
6:50- In front of the entrance to Beita were two BP Hammer and two cabs parked at the lot. The IDs of the passenger were collected and one of the soldiers copied the details from them on to a form. They wouldn't answer our questions. They said they were filling orders given to them by the brigade commander of Samaria. It took eight to ten minutes until the inspection of each cab was finished. Afterwards one Hammer drove on towards the town and the other one kept performing this sacred service.
Burin/Yitzhar- No activity.
No vehicles were entering or exiting the city. Few pedestrians were coming out of it.
There were no detainees. We couldn't see anyone from the DCO with our binoculars. The commander told me that I not allowed to park in the usual spot and made sure that I parked only where it suits him. He didn't care about what I had to said and threatened he would call the police.
A hammer and a police vehicle were on Madison road, parking in front of Beit Furik.
The soldier said he was maintaining the security there. He was probably looking for infiltrators.
8:00- Beit Furik:
Few vehicles and pedestrians were trying to enter the city. I stood 12 meter away from the junction until the policemen found out that I was parked by the side of the road and came over to send me of. They said it not allowed to park by the side of the road on interurban roads. I nearly got a fine for disturbing the traffic on the road between Beit Furik and Nablus.
8:25- Back at Huwwara:
It was still very calm, the parking lot was filling up, it all looked different without the food stands. The new construction is beginning to take form. It seems that the entrance to it will be from the parking lot. Does that mean that anyone who wants to enter the city will have to go through an inspection?
9:00 The BP Hammer was still parked at the lot in front of the entrance to Beita but it seemed to be deserted.
There were no line at Za'tara/Tapouah junction.
Not far from Sa'ar Ha'Shomron was a policeman with a traffic camera pointing at those coming out.
There wasn't much traffic at Sa'ar Ha'Shomron, There was a checkpoint at the entrance to the occupied territories.