The occupation’s bureaucracy and insensitivity are flourishing as usual. Example: the olive seedlings at A’anin checkpoint, below.
06:40 A’anin checkpoint
The checkpoint is supposed to open at 06:30, but the gates are locked even though the white DCL vehicle is in the checkpoint area. We telephone the DCL to find out what’s going on.
06:45 The soldiers arrive, slowly open one gate and have difficulty opening the second…
07:00 They start letting those who are waiting cross (only half an hour late). Two tractors go through. A third, loaded with olive seedlings, is stopped.
Two more tractors go through, and some people on foot. The farmers say there’s a great deal of work in the groves now and not everyone has received permits and they must get a lot done during the few days the gate is open.
One of the Palestinians isn’t allowed to cross because, one person says, the soldiers’ records don’t show him as having returned home yesterday. At least two more people were sent back.
It’s not possible to see and hear what’s really happening at the checkpoint. T
he tractor with the seedlings turns around and returns to the village but one of the Palestinians remains and continues to argue with the soldiers. We can’t hear what he says and even though he’s talking loudly the soldiers keep speaking to him and trying to persuade him. After a while the tractor returns without the trailer carrying the seedlings and the farmer who stayed to argue with the soldiers gets on and goes through the checkpoint. It turns out they didn’t allow him to bring the seedlings through on Thursday, and even though the Palestinian DCL had arranged in his presence with the Israeli DCL that he’d be allowed to bring them in on Monday, and even though the DCL representative was at the checkpoint, they wouldn’t let him bring them through today either. The youth was sent to the village to unload the seedlings from the trailer. A workday wasted during the high season, as were many similar days…
07:35 We leave the checkpoint and take someone along,whose leg hurts, and bring him to his destination.
Since we’d made an appointment to meet, at 08:00, a mother and daughter going to Rambam hospital in Haifa, we drove straight to the Barta’a checkpoint.
07:50 Even though they already waited for us, we nevertheless entered the fenced area to see what the situation was. Very few people crossing at this hour; they go through quickly. People continue going through and there are also laborers returning from the night shift.
08:05 We pick up the mother and the daughter and go on our way.