'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 11.8.11, Morning

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Tzafrira Z., Lea R. (Reporting)

06:00 A'anin checkpoint

At the olive groves on the way to the checkpoint (in the Seam Line zone) there are many cows enjoying their early breakfast and the cool air. The owners of the lots, from A'anin, are helpless in face of the accumulated damage to the trees, and are afraid of the owner's revenge.

Maayan Sahala (Israel) complained at the DCO and at the police but to no avail.

Many youngsters cross the checkpoint as well as many tractors, which undergo a thorough inspectiono.

One person, who, in one soldier's opinion, wanted to bring accross too many sabres (prickly pear), had to return one bag !!

07:10 Shaked-Tura checkpoint

At 7:20 the first worker crosses over.

Two cars drive through following inspection.

A drama unfolds right before our eyes. Apparently somebody tried to pass through using his brother's permit. Another brother, who had crossed over before him, tries helping but it doesn't work out. In that family there are five boys and only two permits which they use as needed. The soldiers summoned the police. Investigation could be harmful for the family. We are helpless and sad.

08:00 Reihan-Barta'a checkpoint

We meet a new driver, unfamiliar to us, who speaks good Hebrew. He reminisces over better days when he was able to go freely wherever he wished. Now he struggles to provide for his family. He is 49 years old and is denied passage for security reasons.

He longs for piece between the two nations.