'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tayba-Rummana, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan

Observers: 
Tzvia S., Rochele H. (Reporting and Photo), Marcia L., Translation
Jan-28-2016
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Morning

Reihan Checkpoint:  06:40

There are many people at the entrance.  I was happy to see the coffee seller (who stopped coming on Sabbaths).  We passed the parking lot which was also completely filled.  From a distance we saw the orderly line at the entrance; the private parking lot, whose continuation was also filled.

Harmesh:  06:45

From the west to the settlement of Harmesh, there is a cubed checkpoint and an open yellow gate.  Three soldiers request aggressively that we go back for our own good.  “You know that they run over, and cars travel to the checkpoint without stopping . . .” We understood:  There is likely to be an attack in which someone is run over and with luck they won’t shoot at us.  We had to give up on traveling to Kafin.

We notified A. that we will arrive another time.  We met settlers in their cars who went out from the settlement of Harmesh. 

Dotan-Ya’bed Checkpoint:  06:55

We didn’t see the army on the road nor the military vehicles that park between the olive trees next to the guard towers.  The checkpoint is deserted.  Cars pass without delay.

Reihan Checkpoint07:00

While we were waiting for the arm to rise, we saw a yellow school bus and mini buses at the settlers’ bus stop.

Agricultural Gate Anin:  07:10

Neta and Shuli were already there.  The gate itself is closed.  Many people stand at the intersection.  They are happy to meet us.

Shaked Checkpoint (With Neta and Shuli):  07:20

Many people, many cars.  We were also happy to hear about the earlier opening hour of 06:30.

 

Agricultural Gate Tayibe-Rumana (with Neta and Shuli): 08:05

Two border policemen opened the gate.  The passage is quick.  The gate is opened on time and closed on time.  The older people stop and exchange words with Shuli and Neta.  We hear that the people from Tayibe and Rumana are refugees from ’48 who live in Umm-al-Fahm.

 

 09:00 - 10:30 Baka el Garbia With Neta Golan,  gate 457, 526  
Photo:  A home within the wall and The wall between Baka el Garbia and baka el Sharqia (palestinian)

At the eastern edge of Palestine Street, which is in Baka el Garbia, we meet the concrete wall that is known to us.  Baka el Sharkia is separated from the east of the wall  . In front of the wall there is a wide open gate and in front of it are counters with vegetables and fruits.  We passed through the gate and walked southward the length of the gate and fence, until Gate No. 526.  Next to the gate there is a tower and an inspection booth.   A mother with large sacks and two little children in a stroller, entered the inspection booth and left it, going to the carousel that turns in two directions. 

The mother passed the At the eastern edge of Palestine Street,  which is in Baka el Garbia, we meet the concrete wall that is known to us.  Baka el Sharkia is separated from the east of the wall  . In front of the wall there is a wide open gate and in front of it are counters with vegetables and fruits.  We passed through the gate and walked southward the length of the gate and fence, until Gate No. 526.  Next to the gate there is a tower and an inspection booth.   A mother with large sacks and two little children in a stroller, entered the inspection booth and left it, going to the carousel that turns in two directions.  The mother passed the children through and returned via the same carousel in order to pass through with the stroller.  The mother and the children organized themselves at the concrete blocks by the wall and continued to walk.  We entered through the inspection booth in order to ask about the opening hours and about the procedures.  The booth was empty of people and no one responded to our call.

 

At the northern Gate 457, we traveled the length of the wall.  An army van stops us near the gate.  We were told that it was forbidden for us to travel on the road that is west of the wall.  To the question of the opening hours, he didn’t have an answer.  For the need to be given an answer to the question where is Gate 101, he called the Advanced Command Post.  The female soldier, L., answered him and said she has never heard of the organization by the name of MachsomWatch.  She explained that Gate 101 isn’t the number of the gate, but the number of his report line. (Salam’s report line is 100.)