'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 6.2.12, Morning

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Leah R., Anna N.S.


Translation: Bracha B.A.

06:10 – A'anin Checkpoint

It is bitterly cold.  The front headlights of the "hummer" shine in the darkness.  People cross through the checkpoint after having their documents checked like in a movie.  Some are sent back because their permits are no longer valid.  A soldier is standing in the middle of the checkpoint looking around with his weapon drawn. Two young men are standing next to him in the cold and waiting, but it is not clear why.    

By 06:30 about 20 people and several tractors had crossed the checkpoint. There are now six detaineesinfo-icon standing next to the soldier.  The Bedouin school children climb up from the wadi and change their boots for gray shoes.   After a few minutes Yusuf comes and picks them up to take them to school.

Just before the checkpoint closes the soldiers call the six detainees.  A soldier holds their ID cards and calls them one by one, returns their ID cards, and sends them home to A'anin.  One of the young people begins to argue with the soldier, but each time he attempts to argue the soldier responds with, "Get out of here."  The entire scene is filled with arrogance and power of one person over another.התנשאות   

We left at 06:40.

Shaked-Tura Checkpoint, 07:00

About 20 people were standing next to the turnstile on the West Bank side and were crossing without delay.

Yusuf arrives with his car but without the children.  He and his car are both checked and leaves for the West Bank.  A few minutes later the young school children run up to the checkpoint with the older children holding their hands.  We are on the way to the next checkpoint. 

07:30 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint

At the entrance to the checkpoint we are stopped and have to wait until the director arrives.  He repeats the claim that someone [from Machsom Watch] recorded the checkpoint staff during an argument.  We volunteer to be checked in the terminal as the Palestinians are checked without clarifying the basis for this claim. 
People are going through the sleeveinfo-icon without any delay and many are coming back from night shifts at work.  There are a lot of cars belonging to Israeli Arabs waiting to be checked, and the drivers and passengers wait alongside the cars.  Trucks loaded with vegetables and bleating sheep are waiting alongside the road.  . 

We left at 08:00.