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

Hanna Heller, with Pierre (driver).  Chana Stein translating.

06:15. A’anin checkpoint

The soldiers arrive promptly at 06:15, get organized, and the checkpoint begins functioning at 06:22. Checking takes place at the checkpoint area and people enter one by one.  Altogether 3 tractors passed, and 16 pedestrians,  including 2 youths and two women. One person was politely detained – “throw out  your cigarette in your own house.”

The checkpoint was closed at 06:35. People told us that once again permits are not being renewed.

06:40. Tura – Shaked checkpoint

The checkpoint is already open, but not active, although it is supposed to be functioning from 06:30.

A boy from Reihan, an 11th grader in a technology school in Jenin, is waiting to cross to the West Bank. The first car coming from the West Bank crosses at 06:45, followed by pedestrians. The student enters the checkpoint and passes quickly, through the checking room.

By 07:05, 4 cars had passed to the seamline zone and 4 to the West Bank. Only 20 people pass, reporting that not many are  waiting. Apparently, the permits are limited to certain hours - some are for 07:00 and others are for 8. Passage was quick and without problems and, therefore, we did not wait for the pupils to pass.

07:10. Barta’a – Reihan checkpoint

In the upper parking lot, many vehicles are waiting for workers, but there are few people. People come up in the sleeveinfo-icon, unhurrying, fastening their belts. People arriving at the checkpoint enter immediately and there are 4 operating windows. Workers with brooms sweep the checkpoint area diligently, and I think what a pity it is that they cannot be also recruited to clean the filthy Tura checkpoint.