Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Habla, Huwwara, Madama, Nabi Ilyas, Za'tara (Tapuah)

Observers: 
Carol Cook, Fathiya (reporting); Translator: Judith Green​
Mar-23-2017
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Afternoon

13:30  Habla:  The gate was still closed, even though the soldiers were inside.  Because of this, a long line was growing in both directions.

14:30  Madama, Burin:  On Wednesday, 22/3, at 10 AM, the residents of the 2 villages, Madama and Burin, went out to work in their fields which are near the settlement of Yizhar.  Next to the abandoned well of Madama, "Alsha'ara", 70 armed settlers came down toward them and threatened them, tried to push them off the land and injured the tractor driver and another 2 people.  Although the heads of the local council had received a permit from the army and there had been full co-ordination.  The soldiers scattered them with smoke bombs and, when the heads of the local council contacted the DCO, they were told that the co-ordination had been postponed to a later date.

15:00  Burin:  The station opposite the school was manned and 2 army jeeps were standing there.

15:10  Huwwara:  The soldiers arrived in order to man the checkpoint and all the bus stations were manned as well as the station in the middle of the "apartheid" road.

15:20  Bet Furik:  The soldiers were on their way to the checkpoint.

16:00  Za'tara:  Manned in every direction, including the bus station.

On Monday, 27/3, I was in Azzun. On my way back I was surprised to see a line of vehicles beginning at Nabi Ilias up to the entrance to Qalqilya.  Drivers were irritated and blowing their horns, people were tired and cursing and the confusion was indescribable.  When I reached the roundabout next to Sha'ar Eliyahu, I decided to travel to Qalqiliya where I saw that the soldiers had placed a checkpoint at the entrance and were taking people out of their vehicles, making careful  inspections of those who were either going out or coming in. I went over to ask the soldiers what was going on.  They didn't want to speak with me (I wasn't on duty and wasn't wearing a tag).  One of the soldiers standing on the side said that this was a permanent situation.