Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 4.11.08, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
We started very late because our driver was late.
About 22 cars are queuing from the north.
The usual routine. There is a queue of about 20 people. Two checkpoints are open as well as a humanitarian queue. The x-ray machine is working. Owners of cases and large bags are forced to go the long way round to it because of the building and road laying work.
The soldiers are busy with their own business. The DCO officer comes over to us. We don't see the roadblock commander.
The building work for the new roadblock is going full blast - for the beauty of the State of Israel.
Here too all is as normal. A coach full of boisterous students arrives to enter Nablus. They all alight. First the young men and the girls follow them. They cross the roadblock very quickly.
In contrast a car on its way into Nablus receives a thorough and long inspection including the dog handler and her dog.
Two passengers, one of them old, stand quietly at the side. One can only guess what is going through their heads when the dog sniffs and clambers over the seats.
We receive no attention at all here either, not even negative attention.
Undoubtedly we too are part and parcel of the routine of the roadblocks.