50 years of ugly occupation
Barta`a checkpoint 06:00 - what is happiness?
When we arrived there was hardly a waiting line at the entrance to the terminal from the Palestinian side, but within minutes a rather long line formed, as the gate into the turnstile was closed for five minutes. Most of the people waiting are young construction workers employed in the building of the Jewish orthodox town of Harish. As of now, they find their livelihood there, and have valid permits. What is happiness?
‘Anin Checkpoint, 06:30 – one man, two wives, one in Tur’an and one in ‘Anin.
The soldiers on duty are reservists who show more consideration than regular soldiers, or so we’d like to believe. One man arrives at the checkpoint with an entrance permit belonging to his ill father, wishing to cross the checkpoint in his stead. So he asked. The rest of the people crossed without any apparent delays. A resident of the village of Tur’an in the Lower Galilee is waiting for his wife and two young daughters, residents of ‘Anin. They will then all travel in his car in the seam-line zone. She is his second wife and they have a traveling relationship. She cannot live with him in Israel and he will not give up his Israeli citizenship for her sake, of course.
Tura-Shaked Checkpoint 07:10 – who is free and who is caged in?
Tayibe-Roumana Checkpoint – 07:45 – this agricultural checkpoint opens twice a week and enables the residents of these two villages to exit and travel to nearby Umm Al Fahm (inside Israel) or to their farm lands. At 8 a.m. the soldiers arrive. Their ‘good morning’ greeting discloses that they’re reservists. One young man is called over to the DCO vehicle and after a talk with the DCO representative, is turned back to the village. The rest – 20-30 men – crossed over without delay.