Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 9.12.08, Afternoon
13.30 Za'tara. 11 cars from the north south.
The checkpoint has been cancelled and the passage is for cars only. There are two soldiers and in the isolation are two youngish couple. When we asked why they were there be were told that they had been on the Madison... that is on an apartheid road. They were detained for two hours. We got the impression that these were two young couples who had gone on a trip for the holiday and did not know that this was a road that Palestinians could not travel on.
There is no sign warning them about the road. We tried to cancel the evil decree and phoned the humanitarian centre and the DCO but nothing helped.
Another car was also stopped and the elderly people and children were also detained.
Micky F. also spoke to the DCO but to no avail.
It is important to note that the soldiers have been told to make things easier for the people during the holidays but there is no sign of this.
Later the penny dropped. There is probably no sign there because then it could be photographed and would probably appear in papers in Israel and outside.
This is our first time at the new checkpoint. Not everyone knows the new arrangement and sometimes they go through the first turnstile too quickly and then the women soldiers who are in the checking post start screaming at them. There was little movement at the checkpoint but our hearts were sore to see people in holiday attire in the mud and rain at the exit of the checkpoint.
The commander gave us an order to leave the exit and to stand further away so that we could not see what was happening and also in that way not to have a roof over us from the rain. We refused and he phoned the police who did not arrive and then started photographing us from all sides.
Interesting to know what he will do with the pictures.