'Azzun, Falamiya North Checkpoint (914), Falamiya South Checkpoint (935), Kufr Jammal
It's the last day of the holiday. It's quiet, not much traffic.
11:30 Azzun – An army vehicle is parking on the left side at the entrance. We visit a shop to deliver some parcels.
We visit the grocery store in Kfar Jamal. The firstborn son of Z has married. Many guests came to the big wedding feast and the happy parents have furnished a large flat for the young couple. H., who speaks fluent Hebrew, joins us. He is the father of six and he used to work at restaurants in Israel. Now, when his children have grown, he wants to be close to them and take part in their education, so he has decided to work in construction until 15:00 in order to spend time together with them.
The checkpoint opens fifteen minutes late due to an "incident at Tzofim". The military police officer who speaks Arabic behaves politely towards the Palestinians and offers us something to drink. If only everybody were like him…
Two people are waiting in the roofed area: a 60 year old teacher from Kfar Jamal, a pensioner who grows za'atar on his land, and a lawyer who owns an orchard, which he loves very much, since he planted it together with his father.
Exiting: 4 pedestrians, 5 bicycle riders and 4 tractors, one loaded with za'atar and another with equipment for the use of pesticides.
Entering: 1 tractor, 1 private car and 1 wagon loaded with za'atar sacks.
The gate closes after everybody has crossed.
Falamiya South (West Jayyous) 935
The gate opens at 13:30
Entering: A private car and a tractor.
Exiting: 5 tractors and 3 pedestrians.
Everybody has crossed within ten minutes and we leave.
14:10 There are no soldiers at the exit from Azzun.
At the restaurant in Nabi Iliyas we wonder if business has suffered since the opening of the bypass. The owner says he has no complaints. The good people keep coming and I don't miss the troublemakers.
Eliyahu checkpoint – There is only one car in the checking area
Once more, at the plant nursery in Hable, we hear about the search for infiltrators. A. is sure that the security forces and the Palestinians who sneak in without permits cooperate. Without fear he tells the soldiers: ask your own people. You have no reason to look for infiltrators in the area of the plant nursery, since you won't find anybody here.