'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Sun 4.11.12, Morning
ranslation: Bracha B.A.
06:45 – A'anin Checkpoint
By 07:00 it appears that everyone who had arrived at the checkpoint has already crossed. A young man gallops across the checkpoint on a donkey and stops near us to make a phone call and to have his picture taken. It is time for the soldiers to lock the checkpoint, but they are in no hurry.
07:05 – Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
07:55 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint
Today we observed the checkpoint only from the seamline zone side. About ten women students and mothers with babies are going to the West Bank. They present documents and permits at the booth. They are followed by a car with a woman driver and passenger. They are told to open all the doors and the hood. The driver is extremely agitated, says: "I am a doctor!" and is in a hurry to get to work. Her car is meticulously checked by a female worker who is guarded, wearing protective clothing, and holding a flashlight. A small truck arrives with a young family and crosses without being checked. We descend the sleeve to the entrance to the terminal. N., a striking Druze man with a thin face and large mustache, is in the high guard position on the side of the hill. We usually meet him in the center of the checkpoint and ask him what he is doing there. He answers happily, "I'm floating in the clouds." He then conducts a conversation above us with R., the vice-manager of the checkpoint, about stone throwing. R. goes behind the sleeve and strikes up a friendly conversation with Mirele.
Both of them are kibbutzniks. A house wares salesman from Barta'a complained that he had been inside the terminal for half an hour. He feels they are working slowly. Others agree with him and explain that it is crowded, and complain that: "there are lots of people inside." Someone comes out and asks jokingly if there was a power failure because the gates were closed. At 08:50 the gates were open again.