'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Thu 2.5.13, Afternoon

Tzafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (Reporting)

Translation: |Bracha B.A.


15:00 – A'anin Checkpoint

The checkpoint opened on time and a few people cross without any problems.

15:20 – Shaked – Tura Checkpoint

All the sophisticated inspection equipment is not operating.  In the sleeveinfo-icon (which is locked) people are not entering the inspection booth and all the metal barriers are open.  The traffic lights are also not operating.  People cross through on the road and are checked quickly in the soldiers' position.


16:10 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side

People are descending the sleeve and disappearing into the terminal.  Padding has been added to the bars of the turnstile to prevent people from being injured when there is a crowd.   There is presently no crowd.  One person remarks, "What a checkpoint today, wonderful."  An elderly man crosses through this "wonderful" checkpoint towards the seamline zone wearing a suit and holding his belt in his hand.   Another person is disappointed with the drinking fountain that is not producing cold water today.   He asks that we see to it that another drinking fountain is installed.  

A detainee was waiting on the bench inside the terminal throughout the time we observed the checkpoint.

Two Palestinian workers are working at the end of the sleeve near the entrance to the terminal.    Evidently they are building a path that will allow people to return to the West Bank without passing through the terminal, such as the one at Jalameh or Shaarei Efraim.

16:50 – We walk up the sleeve towards the parking lot.  People coming down greet us on the way.