'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
5:45 Barta'a Riehan Checkpoint
Approximately 200 people are standing in line outside the checkpoint. We timed it: someone who joined the line at 5:50 passed through the carousel nine minutes later. We didn’t time it until they’d passed beyond the seam zone. Within three minutes 160 laborers passed through the carousel. At 6:00 the carousel stopped due to a shift change but five minutes later the crossings resumed.
An unusual event: a military jeep parked on the roadway, between the carousel and the terminal. It waited patiently until the last of the laborers passed through the carousel to the terminal. Usually, when a military vehicle arrives on this road they immediately stop all pedestrian traffic. By 6:20 a new line has formed – these laborers arrived relatively late, presumably assuming that there won’t be delays at the crossing. We spoke at length with acquaintance A. from Araca, He’s planning to return to his role as the village head in a few months and intends to try to solve the land problem in the village. In the meantime, he’s prevented from entering Israel and manages his team of workers from afar.
6:35 Anin Checkpoint
The crossing opens on time. As far as we could tell, everyone who arrived crossed through. Quote: Today “the soldiers are good.”
7:10 Tura Shaked Checkpoint
The checkpoint appears to have opened on time. No one is waiting by the carousel. Students are off school until the start of the new school year. Traffic is very light. Nearby Daher el Malec still isn’t connected to the electric grid but everything is ready and awaits the flip of a switch.