'Anin, Jalama, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 12.3.09, Afternoon
Translated by L.W
At 13:00 we took a baby, Aya, from dialysis at Rambam Hospital, with her mother, and a child after treatment of leukemia, with his father, to Jalame checkpoint.
14:30 Jalame Checkpoint
The parking lot is full of cars, and the pedestrians are mostly Israeli Arabs who are permitted to enter the territories for the day. They are buying in Jenin and visiting relatives – returning loaded down with shopping bags. Traffic is without delays.
The checkpoint gate is open. It is already two weeks that an Aanin resident is trying to take broken plastic chairs to the village. Like previous times, they are not allowing him, because it is forbidden to bring "scrap" here. He will continue to try until perhaps someone will not be aware of the order, or it will be changed.
We left at 15:45, the checkpoint closed and the woman with the child remained by the concrete barrier. It was no clear how that affair ended.
Almost no traffic.
At the entrance we met a family – parents with two children. The father related that he is an Israeli Arab and his wife is a resident of Tura in the West Bank. They live in Arara with the children. The woman has both a Palestinian and an Israeli ID card. The Israeli card he has to renew in Hadera Interior Ministry office every year, and apart from the wasted time in the journeys he has to pay 600 shekels each time. It has been this way for 12 years. The wife crosses with the children to visit her family, with a permit that her sister brings to the checkpoint. The family live just across the checkpoint, but the husband cannot enter with them because Israeli Arabs are only allowed to cross at Jalame. He says that he has not visited his wife’s family for three years, even though you can almost touch their home from where his car is parked.
The lower Palestinian parking lot is full of vehicles waiting to transport workers who are returning from their jobs. They pass the checkpoint quickly (seven minutes from the sleeve to the parking lot). They report that two, and sometimes three, windows are open and the process is without delays.