'Anin, Mevo Dotan (Imriha), Reihan, Shaked, Thu 14.7.11, Morning
Translation: Bracha B.A.
8.10 – 5.55
A'anin Checkpoint – 05:35
There is a significant presence of soldiers at the checkpoint but the gates are not yet open. The gates open at 06:10 and people immediately begin to cross quickly. 46 people and seven tractors pass through. One tractor and seven people are sent back – they are mainly teenagers who have no permit to enter the seamline zone. We were told that 50 new permits were issued yesterday and we noticed that there were many young people crossing. A 16-year-old boy was sent back when he attempted to cross with his father who has a disability. He can no longer cross using his father's permit and requires his own ID. One tractor carried five elderly women – the only people in their families to receive permits. By 07:05 everyone had crossed and the gates were closed.
Shaked Checkpoint – 07:20
A bus arrives from Nablus to pick up 21 workers who are working on an archeological dig near the Shaked Industrial Zone, but the workers have not yet exited the inspection facility. The workers work permanently with the Civilian Authority and the Antiquities Authority. A few vehicles and pedestrians go through the checkpoint.
We stopped at the Dotan checkpoint. There were no soldiers at the checkpoint but a command car stood at the side of the road observing the checkpoint.
Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint – 08:00– Pedestrian traffic from the West Bank to the seamline zone is crossing in an orderly manner, and there are very few people crossing.
We brought A's father to the hospital. He explained that despite the fact that they brought a letter from the hospital explaining that the child was hospitalized for a lengthy period of time the parents have not been able to obtain permits for more than one month at a time. Consequently, the parents both have to travel to the Liaison and Coordination Administration to receive permits in addition to their frequent trips to the hospital and back.