'Anin, Mevo Dotan (Imriha), Reihan, Shaked, Mon 4.10.10, Morning
Translation: Bracha B.A.
05:50 Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint
The checkpoint is open and the first people are passing through. About 20 men are going into the terminal from the Palestinian side and about 20 seamstresses are sitting on the sidewalk waiting. After a few minutes everyone goes in. More workers and seamstresses arrive. About 150 seamstresses from the West Bank work in three factories in Barta'a. They begin work at 06:00 if they are not held up at the checkpoint.
A, the driver, reports that the Hermesh Checkpoint closes at 09:00 at night and opens again at 07:00 in the morning and that there are no problems. At the Dotan Checkpoint, on the other hand, things have been difficult lately. 8 tenders are waiting in the parking lot and are loaded with merchandise. At 05:45 they are called to drive up to the entrance to the inspection point.
A man tells us that he is married to a woman from East Barta'a where she lives with their children and he is not allowed to visit except for one-time permits to drive a sick child to the hospital. His requests to live with his wife and children have been ignored.
06:05 A'anin Checkpoint
The first farmers have arrived. They tell us that about 50 people came this morning and meanwhile about 200 permits were issued for the olive harvest that will begin next week. We cannot see the people waiting. We hear a loud argument going on. Evidently an elderly woman wanted to send two bottled of olives to her family in the seamline zone and was not permitted to send them. She said that her son and daughter-in-law and daughter were not issued permits. A representative of the Liaison and Coordination Administration says that a lot of permits will be issued in the next few days. A representative also says that elderly people whose families do not receive permits should submit a request to the Liaison and Coordination Administration through the regional council.
The olive harvest will begin on October 10th and the A'anin checkpoint will be open every day but the hours have not yet been determined.
10 children from the Bedouin village below the checkpoint arrive on a donkey and let their "vehicle go and wait to be driven to school.
06:50 Not everyone has gone through yet. An elderly woman complains about the magnometer and says that it is not appropriate for men to check women in this way.
07:15 – Shaked Tura Checkpoint
There is traffic in both directions. The school children's names are checked against the list and their school bags are opened. Students have to pass through the inspection booth. A resident of A'anin whose fields are near the checkpoint passes through. For reasons that are not clear he is permitted to go through sometimes and other days he is not allowed despite the fact that he has a permit.
07:55 Hermesh Checkpoint
The checkpoint is open and unmanned.
08:05 – Dotan
The checkpoint is manned and there is traffic in both directions. Soldiers are checking randomly. They are surprised at our arrival and have not heard of "Machsom Watch."
08:30 Reihan-Barta'a Checkpoint
Businesspeople are going to Barta'a and leaving the terminal for the upper parking lot. We went down the sleeve to the entrance to the terminal where they are installing a new turnstile to separate people going in both directions. It has a gate that can be opened when needed.