'Anin, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan, Mon 11.3.13, Morning

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Leah R.

Translation: Yael Bassis-Student


06:15 – 07:00 A'aneen checkpoint

At the exit I meet scores of people. A morning full of surprises. People smile, appear happy,saying "Soldiers are ok," which means that they let people through without delays. Many youngsters. I also smile. What else does a human being need? It is so easy to please those who encounter difficulties. All they need is perhaps a completedismantling of the fence and all would be perfect.

By 07:00 all have gone through (the soldiers were truly efficient today).


07:15 – 07:30 Tura-Shaked checkpoint

Cars wait to cross over into the West Bank, among them an old beaten-up Fiat (a collector's car owned by the teacher from Um el Rihan). Students and pupils have gone through. Lively traffic in both directions. Everything is conducted as usual.


07:40 I drive in the direction of Ya'abed-Dotan checkpoint because we've heard of complaints that the side roads leading to Ya'abed are blocked. And in fact this is true. Whoever comes to Ya'abed needs to make a long detour in order to get to the main entrance to the village.


08:30 Rihan checkpoint

I pick up Ali with his mother and another person whose daughter undergoes dialysis and apparently would need a kidney transplant. We go to Rambam hospital in Haifa, not before my passengers' papers are inspected.