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

Observers: 
Tzafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (reporting, Photos) Bracha Ben-Avraham: Translation
Sep-7-2017
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Afternoon
Another way of making a living: Junk that was collected in the seamline zone is sold for recycling.
Photographer: 
Neta Golan

14:40 – A'anin Checkpoint

We arrived at the checkpoint early.  Four tractors loaded with junk for recycling were waiting in front of the locked gate together with several farmers. 

14:50 – The soldiers also arrived ten minutes early and opened the gate.  Men, a few women, and the tractors crossed immediately, and people who arrived later also crossed.

15:20 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

The checkpoint was empty and quiet.  All the facilities, the electronic vehicle crossing, and bored soldiers were all there to receive a couple of cars going to the West Bank and one crossing to the seamline zone.

15:50 – Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint

A lot of workers were returning from work at this time of day.  What remains of the lower Palestinian parking lot is a mess.  Opaque plastic boards hide the construction of the sheds and new turnstiles that is progressing slowly.  Two booths selling soft drinks were operating among the cars.  There was a great demand for the phone numbers of Sylvia and her team who help with clarifying people's bans to enter Israel and help people deal with the severe measures that are being taken regarding crossing permits.  Even the people operating the soft drink kiosks prefer permits to enter Israel rather than remaining here to sell juice.   

16:20 – We left and joined the long lineup of cars making their way from the checkpoint after bringing workers and are now returning  to Israel.