'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
14:00 – Jalameh Checkpoint
We drove a Jordanian citizen, who had undergone a medical checkup at Rambam Hospital, and a mother with her sick daughter, to the checkpoint.
There is no traffic at this hour. The only people going to the West Bank are the women who are traveling with us.
14:50 – A'anin Checkpoint
Three tractor drivers and two children are already waiting. The tractors are loaded with all kinds of odds and ends. (See photo)
15:10– We arrived a little early, but the soldiers were late. Just as we were calling the Liaison and Coordination Administration they arrived and opened the checkpoint.
A lieutenant and a soldier approach us. The lieutenant remarks, "You know that you are not supposed to be here." We don't know that and remain where we are. Two tractors and two pedestrians arrive and cross.
15:35 – Shaked – Tura Checkpoint
The checkpoint is quiet and empty. One person crosses to the West Bank. We took a hitchhiker to the Barta'a Checkpoint. He was amazed that we picked him up. He is a resident of Tul Karem and works in the tire repair factory as a welder, in the Shahak Industrial Zone.
15:55 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side
Many workers are walking down the sleeve to the terminal. There is only one booth open for inspecting permits and a line forms next to it on the seamline zone side. Those working in Israel are exempt from being checked. A family dressed in holiday clothing stands out among the tired workers. The water cooler has been removed, and it is much needed on a day that is as hot as today. Only two people – a man carrying his belt and a woman with her face veiled cross to the seamline zone.
16:20 – In the parking lot in the seamline zone we are surprised to see the woman wearing the veil get behind the wheel of her car with Israeli license plates and wave to us.