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

Hanah Heller and Rachel Weizman


We picked up a father and his son, who undergoes treatment at Rambam hospital, and drove them to the Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint.


15:10 Anin checkpoint  

The gate is open. A tractor loaded with trees goes in the direction of the village. All the soldiers and the military vehicle stand at the main gate, away from us.


15:20  Tura-Shaked checkpoint  

The place appears dozing and unnecessary. A few vehicles cross, as well as a few people. A vehicle is parked on the Palestinian side. We are told that its owner is the  head of the municipality of Um-el-Rihan, whose passage permit is no longer valid. This is according to the soldier, who arrives with a full garbage can. The big waste container is overflowing and we ask him to see to its removal.

As we leave, the detained vehicle overtakes us.


16:00 Barta'a-Rihan  

Many workers return home and the lane leading to the terminal is full of them. There is a long line in front of the inspection machines. We realize that there is confusion regarding passage of those who come from Israel. A week ago pamphlets were given out with new instructions. According to the latest information whoever leaves in the morning from Barta'a is required to sign in upon his return. Those instructions were cancelled within a few hours, but no one had updated the workers.


We met one worker, employed at Pardes Hanah, who has been asked to sign and others who left through the Jalama checkpoint and did not have to sign. People who work in Harish were standing in the line for signing, which means that all who come from Israel are required to sign.


There has been a promise to add more inspection machine but atthis time this was not fulfilled.