A tour of the Seam Zone and the Falamiya North checkpoint
A tour for our guest
We drove to Elkana and to Oranit to show our guest the separation fence/wall, explain the situation and answer her questions.
We took her to Habla checkpoint at 11:15 even though the gate is closed. Two female soldiers in a military vehicle. Karin asked why they were there; A. explained over the phone that the army claims it’s to catch people in Israel illegally who jump over the fence.
Eliyahu crossing: We attempted to photograph two driverless trucks. One carried pipes and the other carried trees. They waited for inspection. But the soldiers didn’t allow photographs so we drove on.
We continued to ‘Azzun. We saw no soldiers. We dropped off packages and briefly visited Z. and his wife, S. They told us about a few days last week during which the army arbitrarily closed the entrance to the town a few times for a number of hours.
Falamiya north (914)
The checkpoint opened on time, at 13:35, and closed at 13:55 after everyone had gone through. A landowner from Kafr Sur and his sons waited in a car for it to open. He and his sons had received a permit for two years. A young man with a bike said he was going to the za’atar field.
Crossing went quickly with no particular problems. Five or six tractors returned, many young men on bicycles, about ten people on foot, a donkey cart and another donkey. One car with the father and his sons, three people on foot and one tractor went through to the fields.