Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Jit Junction, Madama, Za'tara (Tapuah)

Observers: 
Esti Weinerstein, Fathiya (reporting); Translator:  Charles K.
Oct-27-2016
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Afternoon

Habla, Madama, Burin, Huwwara, Beit Furik, Za’tara

 

13:30  Habla.  Very congested; a long line of people waiting for inspection on the Habla side, standing in the burning sun.  Most were women and children.  Inspection proceeded very slowly.   The soldiers told us it wasn’t considered a long line and that everything was going normally.

People entering Habla were inspected manually by soldiers beneath the canopy.  They checked their clothing, pockets, shoes – an additional form of harassment.

14:00  We left after almost everyone had gone through.

14:25  Jit junction.  The emplacement was manned; there was a great deal of military traffic in the area.

 

14:35  Madama.  People had finished harvesting olives, except for areas near the Beracha settlement.  They’re waiting for authorization from the army.

 

14:45  The military emplacement opposite the school is manned.

 

We spoke with Doha, from Burin.  She told us the army will issue permits to harvest the olive groves near the settlement only on October 30-31.  Unfortunately the volunteers can’t help harvest because the army doesn’t allow them to reach the settlements. 

Here’s the arrangement.  The area has been divided into three sections:

  1. Red line – the area nearest the settlements.  Only Palestinians escorted by the army can go there.  Volunteers are absolutely prohibited.
  2. Blue line – the area not adjacent to the settlements.  Only Palestinians are allowed but they don’t have to coordinate with the army.  Volunteers are prohibited.
  3. Green line – Areas distant from the settlements.  Palestinians and volunteers are permitted there.

15:15  Huwwara.  The checkpoint was manned.  We got out to see what’s going on, the soldiers came to greet us, warned us it’s dangerous to be in the area.  They said they’re routinely there every day.

The emplacement on the apartheid road was manned, as well as the bus stops.

15:30  Beit Furik.  It wasn’t manned, but there were soldiers in the tower.  Two military jeeps emerged from Beit Furiq’s olive groves.

16:00  Za’tara.  It’s manned, many soldiers and military vehicles crowded into the checkpoint.  The bus stops were also manned.

16:20  Mas'ha junction.  The bus stops at the traffic light are manned; soldiers walked around the area.