Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Wed 26.6.13, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
13 cars wait on the road for inspection and three more wait in the parking lot which is still almost empty. Few people come from either direction. We go up to see what’s happening at the terminal exit. One person tells us people are going through quickly – 5 minutes (“thanks to you”) – but another, a young man, told us he was held for an hour in the inspection room. A young man has been detained and waits for permission to go through. He says it’s the same every day; he doesn’t know why. A guard comes over to tell us he’ll go through shortly, that there’s no problem.
About 30 people wait on the Tura side. The gates are already open; everything’s going very slowly. A few cars go through in each direction. A man I always run into at A’anin is allowed to cross here, but not with his tractor (why?). His land is near the A’anin checkpoint, he’s an industrious farmer, trying to protect his olive grove from the herd of cows that’s now damaging the trees. What continues to impress me is his stubbornness and commitment, without anger but a kind of resignation. Anna’s trying to help him; let’s hope she succeeds.
07:45 Back to the Barta’a-Reihan checkpoint
We wait for Ali who has to go to Rambam Hospital for tests. More people are crossing now, all hurrying to work.
08:10 We leave.