05:45 Barta'a Riehan Checkpoint
Many laborers are outside the checkpoint waiting for their shared rides to work. Some hold mugs of coffee. There’s nowhere to sit and no protection from the cold wind.
We drive to the lower parking lot and park outside so that we won’t get blocked in. The lot is organized and very crowded. The line, as well, is long but neat. About seventy people pass through the carousel at a time and are immediately swallowed by the terminal. The carousel is soon reopened.
06:10 The line is still reasonable and moving quickly, many young people among it. We chat with our contractor friend Z., who checks to see that all his workers have passed through.
We see no sign of the promised covering to shade the area.
As we leave the line is continuing to move rapidly.
06:25 Anin Checkpoint
Soldiers by the gate are struggling with the key when we arrive. Once open they drive through and come back to close (but not lock) the gate. Karin wonders why that’s necessary? For the soldiers’ safety? For the sake of order?
06:32 The first laborers cross through the checkpoint into the seam zone. The olive harvest is complete and the checkpoint is open only twice per week during regular hours. We see many young people among those crossing.
Approximately 100 people cross through quickly.
06:50 The המת"ק representative arrives and joins the others examining. It seems one young man is sent home.
07:00 The tractors arrive at the gate, but the first has a problem – it isn’t permitted to transport olive oil.
A total of only three tractors pass through; the farmers tell us that there is more work to be done in the fields.
07:15 Tura Shaked Checkpoint
The checkpoint opens on time. The residents say: “The soldiers are good.”
The crossing is fast and no one is being detained or delayed on either side of the checkpoint. Apparently it’s possible.
The students pass through.
07:30 We leave. We turn right by the base and immediately are in the “land of the settlers” – Shaked, Hinannit, and Tal Menashe. Gorgeous views!