'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
It is a rainy morning and fewer workers are going to work
06:25 – A'anin Agricultural Checkpoint
A herd of cows was grazing in the olive grove next to the checkpoint. A military police jeep was standing by and the policemen were standing under the awning. Crossing had not yet begun.
At 06:30 people began to cross. The first young man was sent back to the village. We were told that he had a work permit but did not have his I.D. We asked several people if they had heard the rumor that soon they would be able to cross every day. They had not heard and said they would ask the mayor of the village.
One of the people came to us and angrily reported that the soldiers had stopped him, opened his wallet, and asked why he had so much money with him. Another man was stopped because he had a counterfeit permit or ID.
About 30 people and four tractors crossed, and another young man was sent to stand to the side and wait.
At 07:00 the checkpoint closed. The soldiers spoke on the phone and wondered what to do with the detainees. We stayed and waited. We saw that the documents were returned to the first detainee. The soldiers blindfolded him and put him into their jeep. We did not see if they tied his hands, but we saw no signs of violence.
At 07:10 the soldiers were still present talking on the phone. They released the second detainee. A vehicle from the Liaison and Coordination Administration arrived and the detainee got in. The vehicle left and the soldiers closed the checkpoint.
07:30 – Tura – Shaked "Fabric of Life" Checkpoint
Workers, farmers, teachers, and schoolchildren were crossing in both directions. The checkpoint opened at 06:45 instead of at 06:30 because of problems with the computer. A military police jeep and a vehicle from the Liaison and Coordination Administration entered the checkpoint. The younger school children had already crossed and a group of older children crossed. Several cars crossed in both directions. Several workers who had already crossed were waiting for the rides to work at the Shaked Industrial Zone.
One of the farmers reported that in Tura many of the work permits had been cancelled because there were supposedly too many permits in relation to the size of the fields. The village mayor is dealing with the matter.
07:50 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint
A few workers were waiting for rides and a few drivers were waiting for passengers. The crossing procedures today were conducted in a reasonable and quick manner. There were few workers crossing today because of the rain.