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

Hannah Heller, Rachael Weizmann Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

15:00 – A'anin Checkpoint
We arrived at the checkpoint at 15:00.  The soldiers were inside, but for some reason they did not open the checkpoint.  Four tractors and about 20 people were waiting.  The tractors were loaded with old chairs, blankets, and bags.  The soldiers approached us to clarify who we were and what we were doing at the checkpoint.  They had not heard about our organization.

A man approached us and explained that he had lost his magnetic card, which is part of the permit that is needed to cross Barta'a Checkpoint.  He had gone to the Liaison and Coordination Administration to ask for a new one, but they refused to help, and he asked us to help.  We gave him a phone number that he could call to get help.  Another person asked that a water cooler be installed at the checkpoint to make it easier for people waiting during hot weather.  When the gate finally opened people crossed      quickly without delay.         

15:30 – Shaked – Tura Checkpoint
The checkpoint is quiet.  The only person there is a young man who had arrived from Jenin and was waiting for a ride. 

15:45 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint
There is a flow of workers coming back from work.  Most have come from work in Israel and therefore do not need to be checked with the machines.  They are lucky, since only one of three of them is operating.  When the flow of workers continues a line forms next to the machine and people begin to shout.   It takes about 10 minutes for the crows of people to get past the machine.

A man told us that people who work in construction in the settlement of Harish have no accident insurance.   One man hit his foot badly and instead of being given medical treatment he was dropped off at the checkpoint and told to go home.