'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan

Observers: 
Rachel Weizmann, Hannah Heller Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham
Mar-7-2018
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Afternoon

 16.40 – 14.55

A'anin Checkpoint, 14:55 – 12 men and women were waiting to cross.  Four tractors were also waiting, two of which were loaded with junk and old tires were also waiting.  At exactly 15:00 the military policemen arrived and crossing began five minutes later.   Residents of A'anin over 55 years of age also cross here and are not obligated to show an entry permit, but only and ID card.   They can cross at Barta'a on the other days when A'anin checkpoint is not open.  The soldiers stood with weapons pointed and make sure to call only two or three people at once.  By 15:15 all 20 people had crossed. 

Tura – Shaked Checkpoint, 15:25 – Vehicles were crossing quickly in both directions. People were coming back from work in the seamline zone and crossing to the West Bank.    One person told us sadly that a woman from Tura had died yesterday and her friends and relatives from the seamline zone were permitted to cross without permits to attend her funeral in the evening.   However, those who did not manage to attend the funeral and wanted to visit the mourning tent had to go to the Liaison and Coordination Administration at Salem and bring a permit.

Yaabed Dotan Checkpoint, 15:55 – On the way to the checkpoint we saw military vehicles and soldiers next to every watchtower, near the bridge, and near the junction to Tulkarem.  Traffic was moving and no cars were stopped.

Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint, 16:00 – There was heavy traffic on the road south of the checkpoint.  There were many construction workers who work in the city of Harish coming down the sleeveinfo-icon.   One person asked us for Sylvia's phone number for his son who has been banned from entering Israel by the Special Security Forces.  Another    asked us if workers could be allowed to cross to Hadera from Barta'a Checkpoint in the morning instead of having to travel to Tibeh.  About 40 women students from the school in Barta'a who had visited the university in Jenin.   One of them showed us her blue Israeli ID card.   They were chattering and happily took pictures with us.