'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
We got to the checkpoints via the new asphalt roads that have very slowly paved the annexation of the Seamline Zone to the State of Israel.
14:50 - Anin Checkpoint
Some people and four loaded tractors are already waiting next to the gate. The military police are late and at 15:15, when we phone the Liaison and Coordination Administration, a female soldier tells us that apparently there is a traffic jam and the soldiers will arrive immediately. She will try to call them. After 10 more minutes, she says that they are delayed at Tayba-Rummana.
At 15:30, the soldiers arrive. The passage through the checkpoint begins at 15:40. Two tractors pass immediately and afterward, pedestrians, one by one. The passage is quick. The third tractor passes and the fourth is detained. The armed soldiers approach him, the contents are inspected, there is a verdict and we hear the words: “You know that it is prohibited to bring that.” But . . . the baggage cover is replaced and the tractor passes. By 15:55. Everyone had passed through.
16:00 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
Two cars pass from the West Bank quickly. A woman and three children return to their homes in Daher al-Malek. A worker who returns to the West Bank tells us that in the morning they opened up the checkpoint on time.
16:10 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
Transport vehicles bring workers back from their labor and they go down the sleeve (the enclosed wire fence leading to and from the terminal) to the terminal. At about 16:30, the stream of workers grows. As usual, those who are prohibited from working in Israel approach us and ask for Sylvia’s phone number.