Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Mon 23.2.09, Afternoon
13.20 Sha'ar Shomron. We entered Palestinian.
13.50 Za'tara (Tapuach).
One car is detained at the side of cars coming from the west, two male passengers.
At the car lane which came from the north are 5 cars. Cars go through without being checked at a motion of a hand from the soldier.
A border police jeep at the side of the road leading to the village of Huwwara. Cars are not stopped.
14.15 A new checkpoint on the apartheid road leading to Beit Furik, at the crossroads leading to the village of Awarta. Two cement blocks closes the passage and two soldiers check IDs and permits of cars coming from Nablus. At least 8 cars, we cannot see more. The soldiers say that the new checkpoint at Awarta is in place of that of Beit Furik.
14.20 Beit Furik.
The checkpoint is open to traffic. A soldier stands at the post where the pedestrians pass. He can be seen and the drivers hesitate. One's heart breaks to see them. They stop next to him so as to be sure that the passage is without checking, maybe once again the orders have changed. A flock of sheep cross the checkpoint and go through the remains of the checkpoint which was here which remind the people that the checkpoint may be opened again. They should hesitate before going through this passage.
At the new checkpoint which has been built in such a way that in a second it can close and imprison all those standing inside it are 3 checking areas and an extra one. The soldiers call it the "humanitarian".
A long line of pedestrians. The men pass the checkpoint, others come and the line is never ending. There is a wait of about an hour according to three men and also by our own reckoning.
Riva measured 50 minutes. The men pass under the x-ray and do the known dance which we had already forgotten. Also the Palestinians seem less trained. They lift their shirts, sometimes if they are fat the undershirt too, turn on the place, then they turn down a sock and show their right ankle and the left. Then they go to the post and show their IDs. At the other side of the checkpoint they dress again and put on their watches.
The female policewomen bark ( just so) through the loudspeaker...."Back. Lift your shirt. All the metal."
The cars at the entrance to Nablus are not checked but at the exit is a terrible traffic jam of which the end cannot be seen. IDs and permits are given to the soldier. There is no x-ray machine.
A young man of 24, a taxi driver, says that yesterday at 19.30 at the checkpoint of the village of Beita he was stopped by border police who did not give him back his driving license . We took his details and made a connection between him and I. of the DCO.
Taxi drivers went to the turnstile to wait for passengers and also to speak to us on the path at the entrance to Nablus. One could feel how they feared to stand there. Some said that they had been put into the isolation because they had stood there. They stood next to us but watched the soldiers the whole time.
So as to save people the tiring exit from Nablus through the checkpoint, people, probably family members, pass parcels over the turnstile. So it seems they keep up some connection between families.
In one case one of the soldiers saw the parcel being passes over and demanded that it be opened. There were medicines inside.
16.50 Za'tara (Tapuach). 6 cars from the north and none from the west.