'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 7.1.10, Morning
Translating Louis W.
06:15 Aanin Checkpoint
The checkpoint at the foot of Um el-Fahm, east of the separation fence, is an agricultural checkpoint designed, according to the occupier, to preserve the fabric of life of the residents of Aanin, in other words the preservation of the continuous link with their agricultural fields trapped inside the northern Seam Zone enclave. Recently we have reported that the Civil Administration has not renewed transit permits of Aanin and neighbouring farmers and therefore in practice the flow of transients, morning and evening at the checkpoint, can be seen to be lessening daily. So much for the fabric of life. The olive groves of those who do not succeed in coming out to cultivate them each year are neglected, weedy and deteriorating. Who profits from that?
According to the few crossing this morning, ten people have passed the checkpoint, "and that’s how it is every day." At 06:30 there was no Palestinian at the checkpoint, and the soldiers closed the main gate and came to talk to us. They confirmed the numbers. "The olive picking season is over," they explain politely, and recite without thinking "so they have nothing for which to cross..."
A pickup loaded with agricultural produce waits to be called for inspection. In the compound some trucks. "Today it’s okay," says one of the drivers transporting fruit and vegetables from the West Bank to East and West Bartaa, and thence to wherever possible in Israel.
In the upper lot, vehicles waiting to transport workers spewing out of the terminal. Ten workers, having finished the check, are standing on the road waiting for Mustafa, their driver, to take them to Shahak Industrial Zone. He has already been delayed for an hour in the vehicle checkpoint. They say he is delayed every morning (and afternoon) for half an hour, an hour, an hour and a half – and they are late for work.