Asira Al Shamaliyeh, a town of about 12,000 located a few kilometers north of the mountains from
International Solidarity Movement activists reported that villagers, most of whom can only cross the checkpoint by taxi or service (shared taxi), are being turned away unless they make personal purchases for the soldiers at the checkpoint. Demands for hummous, cigarettes, cola, candy, and the like are made by soldiers under threat of restriction of movement.
Furthermore, the soldiers are demanding the drivers pay for the purchases themselves, with a false promise of reimbursement when they return to the checkpoint. This humiliating behavior is enforced on the drivers whose livelihood depends on fares between Asira and
This stealing and lying from the soldiers continues as another humiliating form of daily harrassment in the
The ISM activists often use routes used by Palestinians which enables them to track seriouse human rights violations by the Israeli soldiers.