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

Observers: 
Roni S. and Leah R (Reporting) Marcia L. Translation  
Feb-20-2017
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Morning

 

05.45- Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
In the parking lot on the side of the Seamline Zone, there are already many workers waiting for rides to work.  Some of them are sitting in the new shelter.  It is very cold and windy; it is not pleasant.  We met a group of seamstresses waiting for a ride to the sewing workshop in Barta’a.  As always, they greet us with warm smiles.  We met a group of workers who usually pass to Israel through the Irtah Checkpoint (Efraim Gate), but today the contractor who hires them arranged with the administration of the checkpoint, that all of the workers will be permitted to pass through Barta’a Checkpoint. Three of them did not pass through.  Why?  Because. The contractor also arrived, but that didn’t help.  Perhaps tomorrow, we’ll check to see what happens.  Right now there is a very long line at the entrance to the terminal.

 

06:30- Anin Checkpoint
The gate is open, a few workers have passed through already, but we hear voices arguing from a far, from the direction of a group waiting at the passage.  It appears there is a dispute about places in line.  We are told that the dispute even got to the point of hitting.  Few tractors pass, few people leave.  Then a large family leaves: parents, young women, one of them with a child, a younger daughter with a younger child, and so it continued.  We exchange greetings and smiles.  Everyone is dressed for a family celebration.  It should be with good luck.  At the same time, the shouting continues but we leave.

 

07:00 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
Several men are sitting in the shelter, all of them in a good mood and laughing at everything.  A young child appears alone and marches energetically toward the passage.