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

Observers: 
Tsafrira Z., Nili (Guest), Neta G. (Reporting), Marcia L., Translatio
Mar-9-2017
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Afternoon

15:00- Anin Checkpoint
The soldiers are already in place and the checkpoint is open.  People on foot and on tractors, pass through quickly.  One man who passes through with his wife, introduces himself as the head of the Anin Council.  Another man, a resident of Umm Reihan, (a Palestinian village located on the western side of the separation fence, on the Seamline Zone) who brought back people to the checkpoint in his car, said he inherited agricultural land in the village from his mother (a resident of Anin). He hasn’t succeeded in obtaining a transit permit to Anin with a tractor, via this checkpoint, in order to work his land.  It is certainly exceptionally difficult at this checkpoint.  He is able to cross at Barta’a Checkpoint or Tura Checkpoint, but those two checkpoints are very far from Anin; they are remote.  He is not able to receive a permit to cross Anin Checkpoint because he is not a resident there.

15:30 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
Quiet.  Very little traffic.

16:00 – We pass by the Barta’a Checkpoint.  Many workers are returning from work at this hour.  The surrounding parking lots are all full.  The gate to access the side road to Yabed is locked as usual.

16:10 – Yabed- Mevo Dotan Checkpoint
The traffic flows in both directions without interruption because there are no soldiers, but the cars bounce on the deep grooves in the road.  It is difficult for trucks to maneuver between the blocks of cement.

16:30 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint, on the Seamline Zone side
We, together with many workers, go down to the opening of the terminal.  A few workers stop next to the buffet of the terminal from Hermesh, and buy homemade cakes. On the side of the terminal everyone passes through the turnstile quickly. There are a few women among the workers.  One of them, is in a traditional black dress embroidered in red, and with her, two girls in red clothes.  Few people pass through to the Seamline Zone, among them a woman with a child wrapped in a blanket.  The mother unwraps the blanket and proudly shows us her little son, whose name is Suliman, in a babyinfo-icon outfit and tiny shoes.

17:00 – We leave.  On the radio they announce the shutdown for Purim, that will fall on Friday at midnight.

The North, 09.03.2017 
Tsafrira Z., Nili (Guest), Neta G. (Reporting), Marcia L., Translation

 

15:00- Anin Checkpoint
The soldiers are already in place and the checkpoint is open.  People on foot and on tractors, pass through quickly.  One man who passes through with his wife, introduces himself as the head of the Anin Council.  Another man, a resident of Umm Reihan, (a Palestinian village located on the western side of the separation fence, on the Seamline Zone) who brought back people to the checkpoint in his car, said he inherited agricultural land in the village from his mother (a resident of Anin). He hasn’t succeeded in obtaining a transit permit to Anin with a tractor, via this checkpoint, in order to work his land.  It is certainly exceptionally difficult at this checkpoint.  He is able to cross at Barta’a Checkpoint or Tura Checkpoint, but those two checkpoints are very far from Anin; they are remote.  He is not able to receive a permit to cross Anin Checkpoint because he is not a resident there.

15:30 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
Quiet.  Very little traffic.

16:00 – We pass by the Barta’a Checkpoint.  Many workers are returning from work at this hour.  The surrounding parking lots are all full.  The gate to access the side road to Yabed is locked as usual.

16:10 – Yabed- Mevo Dotan Checkpoint
The traffic flows in both directions without interruption because there are no soldiers, but the cars bounce on the deep grooves in the road.  It is difficult for trucks to maneuver between the blocks of cement.

16:30 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint, on the Seamline Zone side
We, together with many workers, go down to the opening of the terminal.  A few workers stop next to the buffet of the terminal from Hermesh, and buy homemade cakes. On the side of the terminal everyone passes through the turnstile quickly. There are a few women among the workers.  One of them, is in a traditional black dress embroidered in red, and with her, two girls in red clothes.  Few people pass through to the Seamline Zone, among them a woman with a child wrapped in a blanket.  The mother unwraps the blanket and proudly shows us her little son, whose name is Suliman, in a baby outfit and tiny shoes.

17:00 – We leave.  On the radio they announce the shutdown for Purim, that will fall on Friday at midnight.