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

Ruthi Tuval, Marina Banai (Reporting). Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham


06:00 – Barta’a Reihan Checkpoint

The checkpoint was very quiet.  People told us that crossing permits are not being renewed and that this has to do with the head of the Barta’a Regional Council.  People complained about the terrorist who had carried out the attack in the settlement of Barkan, making things difficult for everyone whose permits were refused after the attack.   

We left the checkpoint at 06:20 for Tura.

06:30 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

We arrived and complained again about the litter in the checkpoint.  The soldiers arrived at 06:36 with a transport and told us to “Go to Barkan.  Go to hell.”   Two Palestinian engineering and communication students were waiting for a ride to the university in Jenin.  They explained that the checkpoint was a part of their lives and that there was no one to talk to on our side or on theirs. 

At 06:30 the soldiers had not yet set up to open the checkpoint. Ruthi asked them why it took them so long to get ready and the soldiers answered that the checkpoint would open at 07:00.  Apparently, the soldiers are the only ones who know that.


07:15 – A’anin Checkpoint

Here, too, there is litter everywhere.  Seven soldiers were standing next to the checkpoint arguing with civilians who wanted to cross to the seamline zone with a child; they were finally allowed to cross.  The checkpoint is now open every day because of the olive harvest and tractors are also allowed to cross.  When we asked the officer from the Liaison Coordination Administration about the opening hours, we were answered rudely,  “We open it whenever we want.”