Michigan Peace Team has settled into the village/town of Huwwara, which is located about five miles south of
Huwwara’s location has also been disadvantageous. The Israeli occupation army frequently imposes road closures or flying checkpoints in Huwwara, which stop or delay traffic from one direction or both north and south. The
Residents have suffered from the burning of olive trees and crops by
[For more information on settlements go to the Foundation for Middle East Peace website – www.fmep.org
For an excellent map of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine from FMEP http://www.fmep.org/maps/settlements-population/settlements-established-evacuated-1967-2008-feb-2008/fmep_v18_map_settlements.gif/image_view_fullscreen ]
Just north of Huwwara is the notorious Huwwara checkpoint where Palestinians have been made to wait for hours. Some people have died there because they were denied needed medical assistance. Women have delivered their babies at this checkpoint. To the east of the checkpoint is the Israeli occupying army base and the prison dreaded by Palestinians.
One of the major problems for the residents of Huwwara is their inability to have control of the highway that runs through the center of their village/town. According to the Oslo Accords, all Palestine was divided up into three designated areas – Area A – Palestinian Authority (PA) control, Area B – PA and Israeli occupation army control and Area C – Israeli occupation army control. In reality, the Israeli army has control of all of it and goes wherever and whenever it pleases. This highway through the town center is Area C, while the part west of the highway is A and east is B. The Israeli army wants free access to the highway to facilitate the movement of troops and military equipment north and south. So, the town cannot control the speed traveled on their main street/the highway, cannot put in stop signs or stoplights or speed bumps, can not build overpasses for pedestrians, and can not put in sidewalks. The town mayor and council each year seek changes, but none is allowed despite the fact that a number of people in the town or traveling through are killed each year. A settler was involved in one accident. The town is seeking USAID money for work on the highway, but USAID will not help Palestinians with aid in Area C.
the highway at almost any time of the day.