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

Tami Ritov, Neta Golan (Reporting), Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

06:00 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint

There is hardly anyone on the seamline zone side.  A family is waiting for a ride and two cars are waiting for passengers.  The vehicle crossing to the West Bank is closed.  We passed a "No Entry" sign and the guards told us that the crossing would open at 09:00.  Meanwhile the terminal is closed but if anyone arrives they will be allowed to cross through the half-open vehicle crossing.   The parking lot is empty.  There are two knapsacks lying next to the turnstile and adult and young men are waiting nearby.  They ask us why the terminal is not open yet and we tell them what we were just told.   There is no notice in the parking lot about opening hours during the Eid Al Fitr holiday.   The people sat quietly and didn't dare to ask.  They took their knapsacks and walked to the vehicle checkpoint.  They were sent to have their belongings checked at the shed at the upper end of the checkpoint.   On our way back to the seamline zone we asked why there was no announcement about opening hours.  We were told that there had been announcements to the regional councils, which was not very convincing.

06:30 – A'anin Checkpoint
The soldiers arrived on time and opened the checkpoint.  A dozen people crossed together with two children and two tractors.  The crossing took almost a half hour.  The delay was mostly due to the time it took to register the children – each of which the soldiers had to call the Liaison and Coordination Administration and verify their ages, despite the fact that they were listed in the father's ID card.  Today no one harassed anyone who was dressed nicely,   and everyone was carrying prayer beads. 

07:10 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint
The checkpoint was open and the soldiers were in their positions, but no one was crossing.  We left after a short time.