Anin: Shift commander attacks us with false pretenses
16.30 - 15.15
Tura – Shaked Checkpoint, 15:15 – This checkpoint separated the seamline zone and Area A and from the major city of Jenin. A worker returning from work in the seamline zone told us that this morning the checkpoint
opened a half hour late. An X-ray technician returning from Jenin told us that she is late to work at the hospital
every day because the checkpoint does not open on time.
Women with children were returning from Jenin, and a car returned from the seamline zone to the West Bank.
A’anin Checkpoint – 15:30 – the soldiers were already there and the farmers were crowded next to the gate, but
crossing had not yet begun. We talked with them and noticed that today there were more soldiers than usual,
as well as an officer.
We were told that there has been a threatening and suspicious atmosphere from the soldiers during the
mornings. This may have been due to the fact that people have crossed the separation fence through openings earlier in the mornings without permits. Many young people have
had their permits revoked.
At 15:40 two more vehicles arrived with a Druze officer and crossing began. We were surprised that today the checks took place near the gate close to us, so we were able to observe things from close by. People crossed one by one
and two female soldiers and the Druze officer checked people’s permits and ID cards. About 40 men, women, and
children returned to the village with two tractors loaded with buckets and sacks of olives. The olive harvest will continue for another month.
The fact that we were standing close by and understood what was being said in Arabic angered the Druze officer. He ordered Pierre to back away, and when Pierre drew closer again the officer began shouting and demanded that I present a certificate giving him permission to be there. He threatened to arrest him and physically shoved me.
We left at 16:00. The checkpoint was still open and people were still arriving.
Barta’a – Reihan Checkpoint, 16:10 – A line of cars arrived at the checkpoint and dozens of workers were
getting out and walking quickly down the fenced – in sleeve to the terminal and home to the West Bank.
People were going in the opposite direction going home to Barta’a. Some waited for taxis while others waited for
their cars to be checked. One our way home from the checkpoint we saw many more cars returning home
from Harish. Many of them had to cross at other checkpoints far away and not at Barta’a Checkpoint.