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

Tsafrira Z., Neta G. (reporting). Marcia L., Translation


14:50 – Anin Checkpoint

Five loaded tractors and a few people are waiting. They say that this morning, they opened on time.  According to them, there has been no cancellation or confiscation of permits. 


15:10– The soldiers arrive and open up.  Three tractors pass through without an inspection.  Two were checked quickly by soldiers at the checkpoint and additional soldiers who arrive in a white car.


15:20– Everyone passed through.  A soldier tells me they are closing, good night, we are tired.  The captain, a lieutenant, corrects him: there is another ten minutes.


15:35 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

As usual, few people pass through by car and on foot in two directions.


16:00 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint, Seamline Zone side

Many people are returning from work, also among them are some of our friends, the seamstresses. They are really happy to see us.  For us it is hard to understand how after rising early, before sunrise, and a long day of work, it is possible to remain so lovely and smiling. One person is angry at the fenced-in path to the turnstile (the sleeveinfo-icon) and the passage through it.  He says it used to be possible to pass directly on the road. In answer to our question another man answered that this morning, there were six windows open, but they worked slowly. He said again this morning, as in the past days, they prevented the passage of those people who had in their hands, valid permits.  According to him, this is the initiative of the General Security Services, which is not dependent on the security guards of the checkpoint or on the District Command Office.


Two permit inspection stations are working very slowly and from time-to-time, one of them stops working.  It is lucky that most of them work in Israel and do not need to have a computerized permit inspection.  Few pass in the other direction to the seamline zone.


16:40– We leave.  A young family with five especially attractive children go up the sleeve with us.