'Anin, Mevo Dotan (Imriha), Reihan, Shaked, Thu 27.5.10, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
We saw only happy Palestinians at all the checkpoints*
A’anin checkpoint 06:10
Fifteen minutes after the checkpoint was supposed to open, people begin crossing from A’anin to the seam line.. Taymor, from the DCO, in a white Sufa jeep, updates Yosef, his replacement.
Today people are gathered at the lower part of the checkpoint so we can’t see how many are waiting. We know there aren’t more than 20, and see that today the inspections are rigorous, asking questions, checking with the magnemometer, making them "dance" (Lift up the shirt. Turning around(. The Palestinian men greet us with a “good morning,” as usual, “what’s new,” “maybe you’ve brought clothing – no? OK, next time.” The women giggle and the children are shy. Large raindrops fall like tears from the sky on us all.
Whoever goes through the A’anin checkpoint can continue to Tel Aviv without hindrance. So why do we need the checkpoint there?
Shaked checkpoint 07:00
All the regulars at this hour are already waiting for the start of the morning ritual. On the seam line side the banker is waiting in his car, the school principal in his car, younger and older pupil and a few other vehicles. About 20 laborers wait on the other side near the turnstile, along with an obedient herd of goats and some vehicles. The older pupils don’t have schoolbags – final exams are underway, and soon vacation. Whoever goes through the Shaked checkpoint can continue to Tel Aviv without hindrance. So why do we need the checkpoint there?
Mavo Dothan checkpoint 07:35
Soldiers who never heard of us go to check and come back. An armed soldier point his weapon in our general direction.
Heavy traffic toward Ya’abed and Jenin, and back to the Reichan checkpoint. If a soldier stops a car for inspection (randomly) a line of many cars immediately forms in both directions.
*Happy to have received crossing permits