'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
Anin – 6:05 The checkpoint opens on time. 11 workers and 5 tractors cross. One farmer shows us that he has received a permit which is valid until 2016.
The opening hours during the olive picking season starting on October 13 are written on the gate:
Morning 7:00 – 8:00
Noon 12:00 – 13:00
Afternoon 16:00 – 17:00
Reihan-Bart'a – 6:30 Workers with cups of coffee in their hands are waiting for their transportation on the upper parking lot. They tell us that this week everything works smoothly. Probably, there are less people than usual because of the approaching holiday.
One of the workers tells us that the General Security Services arrested his relative by mistake (because of his resemblance to somebody they were looking for). The moment the mistake was discovered he was released, but now he can't get a permit since his name has appeared on the blacklist.
A girl having had a kidney transplant is passing through on her way to a checkup at the Schneider Hospital.
Reihan-Bart'a 7:05 Only now do all the gates open and the diligent children run through on their way to school. The representative from Um Reihan arrives as usual in order to observe the proceedings at the checkpoint. Slowly, it starts working at 7:20. First the teachers pass through and then the cars in both directions. One of the drivers says "they are sleeping". The first worker from the West Bank enters the seamline zone only at 7:25. They tell us that at Tura the checkpoint will be closed on Yom Kippur (not like in the past) and that it will be open until midnight from October 5 – 7.
7:45 At a slow pace,the people go through the turnstile and enter the check post one at the time before they exit into the seamline zone. When we leave there are still people waiting.