'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
Another typical day of occupation in which everyone, including us, does their job
05:40 - Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint
A lot of workers and cars are waiting to go to work at the exit to Israel. There is a long but orderly line on the Palestinian side. The Palestinian parking lot is not yet full. We counted 71 workers who entered when the turnstile opened. The line moves quickly, but continues to grow longer. Our friend Ziad tells us that it was decided to erect a shelter for the workers to stand under in winter but there is not yet any sign that this had begun. By 06:10 the line has grown long and extends all the way down to the road. There are a lot of young people who look no older than children. Not everyone is willing to listen to the orders of the person in charge and occasionally arguments break out. It is very cold outside.
We left at 06:15.
06:20 – A'anin Checkpoint
Soldiers are parked near the gate in an armored car but did not open it. They back up and leave. At 06:35 the armored car returns and the soldiers open the gate. A representative from the Liaison and Coordination Administration drives up on the security road.
About 80 – 100 people crossed the checkpoint in good spirits. They reported that A., the officer from the Liaison and Coordination Administration checks people quickly.
5 tractors crossed after the pedestrians. People reported that the olive harvest would continue until the end of the month.
A young man whose permit had evidently expired was sent back. A tractor with a lot of empty sacks was meticulously inspected and was then sent back. We don't know the reason why.
At 07:03 everyone had crossed. The car from the Liaison and Coordination Administration disappeared on the security road and we all left to continue on our way.
07:15 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint
The checkpoint opened on time and a lot of people crossed in both directions. The school children crossed, and two women, evidently teachers, got out of a car. Everyone is pleased because the checkpoint is evidently operating without any delay. Yesterday the generator was not working and there was a lot of chaos.
07:40 – As I mentioned earlier, everyone knows their job. We drove home to begin our day in the universe.