'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Tzafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (Reporting), Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham
Apr-24-2014
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Afternoon

 

14:50 – A'anin Checkpoint 14:50

We arrived together with the soldiers.  About ten men, one woman, one child, and 13 tractors are waiting.  We are told that there are few people here because a lot of permits have been confiscated from people who did not return to the checkpoint on time.    

At exactly 15:00 people begin to cross. Two tractor drivers took bags of used clothing that we had brought.  One was allowed to bring the clothes across but the other was not.  We had no idea why and the soldiers did not answer us when we asked.

 

By 15:15 all of the few people waiting had crossed.

 

15:25 – Shaked – Tura Checkpoint

The checkpoint is quiet and almost empty.

 

15:50 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side

The bus number 27, which is not for Palestinians, crosses the checkpoint.  It is very hot today.  We do nothing and we are tired.  The workers are returning from work and are energetic.  As usual, many greet us.  Two are carrying lovely bouquets of white lilies. One person complains that there is no bus from Hadera to the Barta'a Checkpoint. There is a bus number 27 that goes across the checkpoint to the settlements of Chermesh and Mevo Dotan. The problem is that Palestinians cannot use this bus line.  The station is on the other side of the checkpoint, and according to the man, police wait there and confiscate Palestinians' permits who work in Israel and ride the bus.  We must take care of this matter.

At 16:30 we drive to the Mevo Dotan Checkpoint.  The security guards check who we are before letting us cross.  The parking lot on the Palestinian side is crowded as well as the additional parking lot on the road.  Seven vans are already waiting to be checked tomorrow morning.   

Traffic at the Mevo Dotan Checkpoint is moving without delay.  Evidently the checkpoint is not manned at this hour.
16:50 We begin to drive back.  At Reihan Barta'a checkpoint we are stopped and the inspectors ask us to pull over.  The trunk of our car is checked twice, and we are then sent on our way.