'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
The North, 15.11.2016
Hannah Heller (observer), Pierre (driver), J.H. (translation)
15:20 Anin Checkpoint
Many people are waiting by the closed checkpoint. The המת"ק vehicle pulls up and also waits. We chat with a few women, one of whom is a teacher. They tell us about the olive grove that used to be where the checkpoint is now, and about the trees themselves, some of which were used as fuel and some of which were transported whole to Israel. Pierre talks about what life in Haifa is like for Arabs.
15:40 – Around 100 people, women and children with two tractors and olive sacks, are waiting patiently for the arrival of the soldiers. In the DCL we are assured they’ll arrive right away.
15:55 – A military vehicle arrives, the gate opens and within two minutes everyone passes through.
16:05 Tura Shaked Checkpoint
Cars and pedestrians are quickly crossing through in both directions. One tractor crosses into the West Bank after its driver passes through the examination room.
16:20 Barta'a Riehan Checkpoint
On our way to the checkpoint we observe a row of Israeli cars bringing laborers back to the checkpoint. Many of them, carrying coolers, walk quickly down the sleeve. The biometric machines stand orphaned, no one approaches them. Men, women and children return from Jenin laden with packages. Three parking lots are still packed with cars.
16:40 – Passing through Harish on the way home we also observe many cars ferrying laborers back to the checkpoint.