Beit Iba, Shave Shomron, Tue 24.2.09, Afternoon
16.15 No cars at the entrance to Nablus, few pedestrians and no detainees.An innovation: Soldiers without helmets. Here too there are Yeshiva soldiers but the commander is not a yeshiva graduate. This is their first day at the checkpoint and we hear the DCO representative briefing their commander. He explains to him that only on Saturdays are Israeli cars allowed into Nablus. And truly we saw that only Israeli cars were sent back. Palestinian cars went through without being checked.The pedestrian line also flows and there are no more than 10 in a line. Cars leaving Nablus are checked and there was a delay of about 25 minutes to go through. In the humanitarian lane IDs and parcels were checked.
17.20 The checkpoint was manned but cars were not stopped and traffic flowed in both directions.