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

Tsafrira Z. and Hannah H. Marcia L., translation

15:30 – Anin Checkpoint

This agricultural checkpoint is open only twice a week now, Monday and Wednesday, as the olive harvest officially ends, but opening hours are not known ahead of time; it is opened when the soldiers find the time. We meet four workers and there is a tractor filled with sacks of olives; all are waiting. The workers tell us that not everyone has finished the harvest in their plots.

The checkpoint opened this morning only at 07:00 (a delay of half an hour) and no one knows what time it will re-open. At 15:45, which is the official opening time (according to the DCO)?  At 15:30 - if the soldiers have nothing else to do?  At 15:55—which is what the soldiers told us once?  “But when we are late, we are threatened.”

15:55 – We telephone the DCO; the soldier promise to find out. At 16:05 we telephoned again, and again, she promised to find out. At 15:55 we left for Tura checkpoint, and later, we were notified that the checkpoint had opened at 16:15.

16:10 - Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

The checkpoint is quiet, and filthy, as usual. A family with children returns from Jenin in a car. A few vehicles cross in both directions, and the passage is quick.

16:30 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

Hundreds of workers return from work in Israel and the Seamline Zone and go down the sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed passage to and from the terminal). The kiosk is open, offering a selection of pastries. This means that a lot of people are crossing the checkpoint now, like before the time of Corona.

The sleeve still lacks full covering, but workers are busy expanding the checkpoint’s communications system.