Beit Iba, Shave Shomron, Mon 9.3.09, Afternoon

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Elisheva A., Yona A., Ziona S. (reporting), Translator: Charles K.

 Shave Shomron 15:00

The yellow barrier is back, as is the booth at the side of the road.  There are rumors about relocating the Beit Iba checkpoint.  As of now, only rumors.  We drove on the road to Jenin alongside the wall around Shave Shomron until we reached the checkpoint.  A number of middle-aged Palestinian men stop us near the sign warning against entering Area A, and tell us that a few days ago settlers from Shave Shomron stopped them, beat them and set their vehicle on fire.  They filed a complaint at the Ariel police station

where they were asked to leave the vehicle in order to check whether the fire may have been caused by a short circuit.  They said the incident had been reported on Channel 10.  They’re waiting for the police to return their vehicle.  They’ve been in contact with Azmi, from “Yesh Din,” so there’s nothing for us to do other than to report it.


Beit Iba15:20 

The checkpoint is fairly empty.  Few pedestrians.  Fewer taxis than usual.  It turns out that students are on vacation today because of the holiday (the Prophet’s birthday), and the curfew may also have an effect.  Vehicles entering through the vehicle checkpoint aren’t inspected.  There’s a long line at the exit, and the inspection is slow.  Only the quarry is
operating at full speed, sending clouds of dust into the air.