'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
05:40 – Barta’a Checkpoint
The upper parking lot is noisy with people and cars. People come up from the terminal on their way to work. In the lower parking lot, there is no line and anyone who arrives to the checkpoint enters the terminal immediately, in which five inspection windows are working. A number of workers are praying at the exit from the terminal. There is also no crowding at the refreshment stand; people sit there comfortably, sip coffee and afterward travel to work.
And everything is so “normal” and “routine”.
06:30 – Anin Checkpoint
The olive harvest is beginning. People begin exiting the checkpoint, some of them carry ladders, sticks to hit the branches (to shake down the olives), and expanses of cloth to gather the olives. Those who exit tell us that the soldiers check to see if they are in work clothes and if they only carry food in their backpacks. They suspect that people pretend to be construction workers and exit to Israel. The soldiers look for work tools like a saw (useful for cutting trees) or brooms (which raises the suspicion of working in construction), which are forbidden. The workers tell us that the soldiers also come to check them in the fields during work. About 130 workers exit--among them 8 women-- with permits valid until the end of December. One of the workers, whose field is near Barta’a, requested to receive a permit to work beyond the Barta’a checkpoint, but he never succeeded in meeting with Salaam, the officer who is responsible for such a permit. Seven tractors with work equipment also exit.
07:20 – Tura Checkpoint
Here they tell us that the checkpoint was opened at 07:00. Children on their way to school pass through quickly. Cars pass in two directions. Outside of the checkpoint, in the Seamline Zone, several cars are waiting for workers from the West Bank.