'Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Wed 28.1.09, Afternoon
14:40 Za'tara. 20 cars from Nablus and 5 from road 5.
15.03 Beit Furik.
Cars coming from Nablus pass with no problem. One of the soldiers stand with his gun pointed. Ricky asks why he does so and against whom. He replies "At people, bad people."
On the sign written in Hebrew is the proclamation "Blessings and success, the king Messiah." Ricky and Racheli takes it down with success and the blessing of Machsomwatch.
15.14 Checkpoint of Awarta.
4 cars at the exit from Nablus. Two trucks and private cars. They are checked although Israeli cars pass with no interference.
4 checking posts crowded with people who pass slowly. The captains tell us to stand at the entrance to those entering Nablus. We ask if there are detainees in the isolation and one of them says not and that today this is not possible but does not explain. Of course we ask him why the passage is so slow and he replies impatiently that this is not so and that it is swift even though the lines are long.
One man passes through the x-ray device and the woman soldier shouts at him to go back and to lift his shirt and lower his trousers. He waves his legs at her and shows them. She says to him, "Lift your shirt. I don't see anything." In the end he goes through and puts his package down and she says to him "Take everything out" in an aggressive and arrogant tone.
People wait about 40 minutes.
Za'tara. 6 cars from the direction of Nablus and 20 from road 5.