Northern C/P: opening hours at the northern checkpoints change each day, but there is no one to notify the farmers about this.

Tzafrira Zamir and Neta Golan (Reporting) Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

North, 05.12.2018


14:50 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

The checkpoint was quiet.  The garbage container was overflowing and there was litter surrounding the area as usual.

15:10 – A’anin Agricultural Checkpoint

A few people and three tractors loaded with junk for recycling were waiting to cross.  Our friend M. asked us to call the Liaison and Coordination Office because he thought the checkpoint was supposed to open at 15:00.  They informed us that the checkpoint opens at 15:15.  Soon a vehicle arrived and the checkpoint opened and everyone crossed.  The checkpoint closed at precisely 15:30.

According to M., only 25-40 received agricultural permits and there is no way to check.  Every day the checkpoint opens at a different time, and there is no one to inform the farmers when they can cross.

15:45 – Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint, Palestinian Side

The parking lot and sides of the road were filled with cars.  A group of seamstresses crossed in a car with a woman driving – a rare sight.  Many workers were on their way home through the new covered area and drivers were waiting and shouting: “Jenin,, Jenin” or “Tul Karem”.  Several people were praying in the designated area and kneeling on an old faded prayer rug.  Drivers complained that there are delays at Yaabed Dotan Checkpoint between 16:00 – 17:00 when people are returning home from work.  A young man reported that the army plans to demolish the new house that he build in Emricha.  Why?

16:00 – On the way back to our car a man selling cakes from the trunk of his car asked to talk with us, but unfortunately we could not speak to him because of a language barrier.