'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Mon 10.6.13, Morning

Observers: 
Lea R.
10/06/2013
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Morning

Translation: Yael Bassis-Student

 

06:00 – 06:00 A'aneen  

Representatives from the DCO are already on site, their vehicle is turned on and the lights are on as well. The air is clear and pleasant and the view! What could be done here! There are even recreational facilities for the children who are now on vacation. The first ones cross over fast. A young fellow's father is denied passage permit. He meets that DCO person who had given him his telephone number but he does not answer the calls. As it  turns out we are not the only ones whose calls are not answered.

 

06:40  The DCO personnel leave.

 

06:55I leave.

 

07:05 – 07:55 Tura-Shaked checkpoint

A soldier opens the entrance to the sleeveinfo-icon. The tobacco grower once again requests our help in transferring the tobacco into the West Bank. Every option is costly. Last year he "had no problem". At the entrance, on the Palestinian side, we hears shouts.

 

Passage is slow, about four minutes between one person to the next. A young fellow requests our assistance. He has been refused passage and claims that he does not know why, but we are aware of the reason.

Another person says bitterly that he had arrived here at five a.m. in order to cross as early as possible. He asks that we tell the staff open up at 6:30, only half an hour earlier, but that can be of help to him. Behind this tranquil picture at the countryside  quite a few hardships are hidden.

 

08:00 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint

 At this time the site appears deserted. Taxi drivers dose off, catching up on sleep. At 08:30 many people arrive and it seems to me that they all cross over freely. Other than that, "All is fine".