'Anin, Jalama, Mevo Dotan (Imriha), Reihan, Shaked, Thu 13.5.10, Morning
Translation: Bracha B.A.
A'anin Checkpoint, 06:15
The lucky ones who have permits are crossing to the seamline zone. Others note anxiously that their permits will expire in June or September, before the olive harvest. The inspections are taking place near the western gate and it is easy for us to observe what is going on.
A woman and youth get off of a tractor and a lengthy discussion takes place. The woman and youth are sent back and return and only the tractor is allowed to pass. Evidently the youth is already 16 years old and can no longer cross using his mother's permit. The mother wanted to visit Um el Reihan and must go back. As usual we see the smiling Bedouin children going to school. The occupation does not matter to them.
Shaked-Tura Checkpoint, 07:00
Four cars are waiting on either side of the checkpoint. One is covered with red Valentine's Day hearts. People have to wait about four minutes but the time accumulates. The school children show the soldiers their schoolbags as they cross. The small children arrive by car. They are colorful and happy and unintentionally bring happiness to the checkpoint. People are waiting near the turnstile as well as a donkey and a herd of goats.
At the parking lot at the Reihan Barta'a checkpoint six trucks are waiting to be checked. On the hill opposite Zibda cars are parked on both sides of the locked gates that block the main road. The people who are profiting are the drivers who are waiting for passengers who need to be driven the two-minute ride to the checkpoint.
07:50 – Dotan Checkpoint
Traffic to Jenin and to the Dotan valley is moving freely. A brand new car is being checked. A soldier asks curiously who we are but does not really take any interest in the answer. The checkpoint commander then informs us that Israeli Arabs pass through here in order to continue on the road to Area A in both directions.
08:10 Reihan-Barta'a Checkpoint
The parking lot on the Palestinian side is almost completely full. The checkpoint staff has left the yellow gate open in order to allow people to turn around. There are no pedestrians waiting and people are going through quickly in groups of five.
09:20 – Jalameh Crossing
There is no traffic of workers at this hour. Several cars are waiting at the vehicle checkpoint. We pick up Aya and her grandmother to take them to her daily dialysis treatment at Rambam Hospital in Haifa.