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

Rachel W. (driver) Hasida S. (reporting), Marcia L., translation


We arrived at the agricultural checkpoint, Anin, at 3:15 pm, which is the opening time for people returning from work. The forward gate was open, but there were no soldiers at the checkpoint and no one came until 3:30

Telephone calls to the District Coordination Office (DCO) weren’t answered.  We assumed that people from Anin didn’t go to work in the morning, because of the weather. Since they didn’t go out, there was no need to come and open the inner gatesinfo-icon (?).

We trusted our luck and it didn’t rain.  The sun wandered away from us and peeked out from from among the clouds.

Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

We saw what we had already known: The garbage container was empty, but the garbage around it was still there. The commander of the checkpoint escorted another soldier and they came out toward us. According to their thinking, the filth around the container is a problem for the local Palestinian council to deal with.

Like in Anin, we also saw no Palestinians here.

Yabed-Dotan Checkpoint

The road in the Dotan Valley is open to traffic. On the side of the road we saw two jeeps with soldiers. At the checkpoint, we didn’t see soldiers and the traffic flowed freely in both directions.

Barta’a-Reihan checkpoint

We drove into the full parking lot. People returning from work complain about the new construction, which is inconvenient, and about the lack of shelter from the rain. They are asking for a 6-meter shed at the exit point. They said we should visit in the morning, to see how people are drowded and getting wet from the rain. Whoever planned this fancy building did not take winter into account.