'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 8.7.10, Morning

Shula Bar, Neta Golan (Reporting)

Translation: Bracha B.A.

06:10 – A'anin Checkpoint

About 30 people, women and children, tractors, and a donkey are crossing.  A man, woman and two youths are not permitted to cross.   A man tells us that the woman is the mother of the two youths and they have no permits.   Here too there is a new yellow awning for people to wait under.  The remains of old clothes that people are not permitted to bring to A'anin are scattered on the ground around the checkpoint. 

07:00 Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
Half a dozen male and female military police are walking without a great deal of enthusiasm towards the checkpoint, which is opening ten minutes late.  A few people and a vehicle are waiting on the other side of the fence.  Some are arriving from the seamline zone.   A car with a man and woman who work in the Ministry of Education in Jenin arrives and we speak with them in a mixture of Arabic, Hebrew, and English.

07:50 – Tibeh-Romena Checkpoint
The checkpoint opens a few minutes early, manned by the soldiers whom we saw at A'anin.  A grandmother wants to cross with her 13-year-old grandson  who is not permitted to cross, and they have to return to the village.  There is a long bench under the yellow shelter but who will sit on it?

09:20 – Jalamen Crossing
Dozens of cars belonging to Israeli Arabs are waiting to cross to Jenin at the Gilboa crossing.   Aya and her mother, Marie and her father are waiting under the shelter to be driven to Rambam hospital.  Marie is a lovely girl who is handicapped and uses a wheelchair and walker, and leg braces.  All this equipment is made of metal and  sets off the beeper at the X-ray machine.  Marie's father who speaks Hebrew says that they were made to go into one of the inner rooms and undress and were checked for 40 minutes.