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

Observers: Tsafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (reporting and photographing) Chana Stein translating.

06.30. A’anin checkpoint. We and the soldiers approached and within a few minutes the checkpoint became tense [?]. More than 100 people passed. We tried to find out what happened yesterday, when the soldiers closed the checkpoint in the face of 200 farmers, and were told “they made a problem, the workers”. It was indeed said that yesterday passage was slow and today was “okay.” A family arrives with donkey and ladder (olive-picking) and all go to their own olive trees below the checkpoint. Three tractors pass and in their trailers are smiling women. A young fellow arrives with a white donkey. The Messiah’s? He didn’t want us to see his face – but the dirt in the hut we did see.

07.20. The DCO vehicle leaves and the army vehicle collects the soldiers.

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White donkey at A’anin checkpoint.


07.30. Tura-Shaked checkpoint.  A group of schoolchildren arrive and pass from the seamline zone to school in Tura. Few adults pass at this hour.

Many posters on the way advertise the sale of cottages in the Shaked settlement on 28/10. The building of houses ‘attached to the ground’ is advancing in the Reihan settlement, “7 minutes from Harish.”

07.50. Barta’a-Reihan checkpoint. Few are waiting for transport at this late hour. A few are holding cups of coffee that they bought at the kiosk. In the morning it is forbidden to sell, except here, from the Jew.  Afterwards, when he has closed, Palestinians are allowed to sell coffee and candy in the lower carpark. In this carpark, at this hour, there are two ‘ushers’ and one parking attendant. There is no queue and everyone arriving passes quickly.

08.00. About 20 loaded trucks and tenders wait for the checking that should be starting now.

From here we continue to the “Women make peace” event in Um Il-Fahm.  At the event itself not word is heard about the occupation. On the way we entered the gallery which is in an advanced stage of renovation, and there is already an impressive exhibition of Palestinian artists (Israeli citizens and others).