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

Tami Ritov and Hanna Heller, Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

05:45 – 07:30

05:45 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint 

The upper parking lot is full of workers and vehicles.  A constant flow of workers is emerging from the terminal on their way to work.  There is no line in front of the turnstile in the Palestinian parking lot.  All the workers who arrive entered the terminal immediately in groups of 85 – 160 people.  The gate only closed to admit army vehicles.  Things are quiet inside the terminal and seven windows are operating.

06:05 – We sat in the workers' coffee house and one of them told us that "Today is special."  They are referring to the fact that people are getting through the terminal quickly.  Everyone hopes that tomorrow if it is raining the situation will be similar.

At 06:25 a vehicle with workers coming from the night shift arrives at the checkpoint. 

06:35 – A'anin Checkpoint

The checkpoint was supposed to open five minutes ago, but there is no one in sight.   A vehicle from the Liaison and Coordination Administration arrives at 06:40 and the soldiers arrive at 06:50.  88 people and six tractors crossed.  The soldiers worked at two inspection points and people crossed quickly.  One of the workers was not allowed to cross because he held a permit to cross only at Tura Checkpoint.   By 07:10 everyone had crossed and the checkpoint closed.

Tura – Shaked Checkpoint, 07:15 – We met workers on our way to the checkpoint who had already crossed and were on their way to work.  At the checkpoint there was no line in front of the turnstile.  Few people were crossing, so we assumed that the checkpoint opened on time at 06:30.  Cars with passengers crossed from the seamline zone to the West Bank and five cars crossed to the seamline zone.  All crossed quickly.   

School children began to arrive and crossed without being checked.  Two girls from the lone house waited for the car to take them to school in Um Reihan.