Beit Furik, Huwwara, יום ו' 10.10.08, בוקר
Translation: Suzanne O.
There were 4 soldiers at the roadblock. One of them, with the rank of sergeant, came over to us and said that, according to his orders, we have no right to stand near the roadblock. We asked who gave the orders and he replied: "It doesn't matter". The soldier added that we are not permitted to take photographs because, "it is his roadblock", and he is the roadblock commander. We told him that he may be the commander of the roadblock but he is not our commander.
The soldier said that if we should be attacked he would not defend us. We responded that we are prepared to do without his defence.
Another soldier told us to: "Go home and cook for your grandchildren".
One of the soldiers came over to us and said that his company C.O., who is, according to him, "held in great esteem", told him that we must stand by the road and if we don't obey he will call the police. We said call the police.
Another soldier tried to photograph us claiming that it is the orders of the battalion 2nd in command.
To the right of the roadblock we perceived a new roadblock, still closed, surrounded by a fence with two positions.
There were no detainees.
At 10:20 a.m., on our way back, we noticed a number of soldiers with a military jeep who had erected a snap roadblock below Ariel opposite the village of Marda.
We asked the soldiers what the purpose of the roadblock is and one of them replied: "No particular reason, just to harass Palestinians".