'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Thu 1.8.13, Afternoon

Tzafrira Z., Neta G.

Translation: Bracha B-A.


15:00 – A'anin Agricultural Checkpoint

The checkpoint is open, and about 20 men, two women, and four tractors, and a donkey pass through quickly. There are no problems and people pass through with all their belongings.  Our friend M. asks what we think about the peace negotiations.  He feels that the Palestinians, the Israelis, and the Americans are serious this time and the talks will be successful. We hope so. 


15:30 – Tura Checkpoint

There is very little traffic, as usual.

15:50– We drove past Reihan Checkpoint.  AS usual the parking lot is completely filled, as well as the parking lot on the road.  We drove past the bridge that is always blocked.  A dozen cars were parked along the road on the southern side in the direction of Kafin and Tul Karem, and two on the northern side towards Zibda.  The metal gate on the road to Emricha is open but an army vehicle is parked next to it and two more are parked opposite.


The Dotan-Yaabed checkpointis open and a few cars are passing through in both directions.


We returned to Reihan-Barta'a checkpoint and saw that several cars and vans were waiting to be checked.  We wanted to park in the upper parking lot and they immediately opened the Israeli vehicle lane, but they did not open the second roadblock.  A security guard approached us and told us to drive back to the inspection point.  He asked where we have been and if we had received anything. We answered that we'd received jars of olives and pickles.  We were sent to the vehicle inspection point.  The jars were checked and approved and a nice security guard helped us put them back in the trunk of our car.


16:40 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side

The turnstile that leads back to the West Bank side but not through the terminal is operating.  People are passing through quickly carrying gifts, sweets, and soft drinks for the approaching Eid al Fitr Festival.   No one was crossing to the seamline zone. 


17:00- We walked up the sleeveinfo-icon.  A few people were coming down.  One man carried a huge bouquet of flowers for the Ramadan.