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

Leah Reichman, Neta Golan (reporting). Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

North, 27.08.2015 Morning


05:50 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint

A lot of people are sitting on the sidewalk and at the curb on the seamline zone side waiting for rides.  Many more are coming up the sleeveinfo-icon from the terminal and joining them.  


05:55– The area designated for light trucks in the Palestinian parking lot is full.  There is a new awning set up for drivers.  The turnstile at the entrance to the terminal is closed and dozens of people are waiting in front of it.  Many more people continue to arrive.  Occasionally the turnstile opens, letting in about 50 people.    Then the turnstile closes again, and the line continues to grow.  (See photo)  There is also a line in front of the entrance to the building itself that is not as long.  


06:30– When we left there were still about 100 people waiting in line.  We asked some people where they worked and they said they worked in East Barta'a in the seamline zone.  They must cross the checkpoint to get from one place in Palestine to another, also in Palestine.

People are still waiting for their rides on the seamline zone side.


06:45 – A'anin Checkpoint

We arrived late, and almost everyone from the small group of people permitted to cross to the seamline zone had already crossed. People must be checked twice: first by a soldier and then by a member of the Liaison and Coordination Administration. 


07:10 – Tura Shaked Checkpoint

The school year began this week. The younger children are cute and well-dressed and we missed them during summer vacation. A few cars and pedestrians cross in both directions and one tractor crosses to the West Bank. It appears that this superfluous checkpoint is operating "smoothly" this morning.  By 07:45 everyone who wanted to cross to the seamline zone had already crossed and we left.