'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Wed 23.10.13, Afternoon
13:45 A'aneen checkpoint
About 20 individuals, a tractor , a donkey, and sacks of olives are waiting for the opening of the gates. One person tells us that two of his sons hold passage permits but soldiers at the checkpoint last week had confiscated the permits. They were returned to them at the DCO, as valid permits. He claims that some soldiers still wouldn't let the boys through. Once again the question of soldiers' authority at the checkpoint comes up. Do they have the authority to deny valid permits?
At 14:00 the gate opens and people enter one by one for papers' inspection. From the side of the village we see women, man and children on their way to pick olives.
An elderly, sick man, on his way to see a doctor, holds a passage permit to cross to his village from a northern checkpoint Taibe-Romana, but that checkpoint opens at 17:00 only. He asks the officer to be allowed to cross here and the officer explains to him that if he crosses here he'd be considered an illegal alien – because the computers are not synchr(!). This officer is also not connected to the DCO (!!). He advised us to call them. And so we did. Our request was accepted and in a short while the military policewoman on site (who DOES have connection to the DCO…) finally allowed him through.
14:40 Two tractors cross to A'aneen
14:50 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint
Workers and seamstresses return to the West Bank and immediately go through. A few college student return from Jenin, the opposite direction.
15:15 Tura checkpoint
Only a few people cross from both directions.