Hamra, Ma'ale Efrayim, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sat 17.7.10, Afternoon

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Natalie C. Ruthie R.

Natanya translating.

14.00 Za’tara/Tapuach CP. No line and we went on our way after a few minutes.
14.10 Opposite the settlement of Migdalim is an iron bar barrier  to Majdal Bani Fadil and it is open.

14.20 Ma'aleh Ephraim CP. There is a soldier in the sentry tower.
14.50 Hamra/Beqaot CP.  It is terribly hot.  Reservists come to ask who we are. A van waited for 4 women and a man who crossed the checkpoint on foot after their IDs were inspected. Another car passes. A taxi arrive and waits obediently 50 metres away until he gets a signal to go forward. The hand waves after a few minutes and the car passed. They just look at it. A tractor goes through at once and then a bus.
Today the soldiers are really pleasant and do not leave the people to dry out while they wait.
It is hot.  
We went back and passed through small fields of vegetables belonging to the Bedouin. It is obvious that they have stopped watering them because someone has closed the tap. It breaks one’s heart.

16.00 Za’tara/Tapuach CP.  Random quick checks.