Aanin checkpoint: biblical landscapes

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​Marina B. and Ruthie T. Marcia L., Translation

06:10 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

At the junction and in the northern parking lot (the Seamline Zone), there are a great many cars and workers. There are also many workers going up the sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed passage to the terminal), most of whom arrive from north of the separation fence.  Their faces can’t hide the state of security tension in the area; they hurry to work.  We parked in the Palestinian parking lot.  We found a good place to park, one that won’t be blocked during our short visit here. We stood next to the coffee seller who sells his merchandise on top of a cardboard carton at the entrance to the enclosure (terminal).  The buffet in the red caravan is only open at nine and we were requested not to express an opinion on the matter.  Therefore, we note this as a fact, and those who understand, will understand.  Two people approached us and said that in their youth, they were in prison here and there, but today they are heads of families, fathers to children and they only want an income and peace and obviously, permits to pass through to at least the Seamline Zone.  In the meantime, the enclosure fills up and empties in shorter surges than in the past.  At times crowding is created at the entrance to the terminal but it disperses quickly.  We stop next to a private parking lot opposite Zabde.  The cost of parking for the day is NIS 10.  Those who want to save spending NIS10 park on the side of the road.  There are no warnings against parking here.  After we heard from drivers that the passage at Ya’bed Checkpoint flows without delays, we hurried to Tura Checkpoint.

07:00 Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

The sleeve for pedestrians is opened at 07:03.  A car driven by a young woman with four young children sitting in the back, waits for a while opposite the red traffic light until she is allowed to pass.  Opposite, an Israeli bus that arrived from the security fence, -- Galili Travel—finds it difficult to maneuver the narrow turn at the checkpoint. Female teachers pass through in the direction of Daher al Malec and students (boys and girls) in the direction of Tura.  The new bench that our friends saw during the afternoon shift, wasn’t there in the morning . . .


Opposite Daher al Malec we stopped next to a man who wore short pants, a cap, and earphones; a strange vision in a place like this.  It turned out that he was from Umm al Fahm but did not arrive here by foot; he left his car not far from here.

 07:50 – Anin Checkpoint


We popped over to Anin Checkpoint to see what was happening there.  It looked deserted at first although the soldiers’ station is being equipped with a large water tank, a large “frog” for trash, and a new pole on which a large Israeli flag waved. As we were ready to leave, three soldiers came out from their hiding place and asked if we lost our way and what did we photograph.  “We are artists who photograph biblical scenes,” we reassured them.