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

Leah Reichman and Hassida Shafran (reporting)ץ  Bracha Ben-Avraham, Translation

06:15 – Barta'a Checkpoint

The checkpoint was crowded and busy. A lot of people are working in construction in the city of Harish, and the settler's kiosk had a long line of customers. After almost a year since I my shift, I noticed a lot of work had been done in landscaping and making the checkpoint more attractive. Not that it makes the situation any better, since a while ago the checkpoint has been closed for the Passover holiday.

A'anin Checkpoint 06:30

The outer gate was already open and a short time after that the middle and far gatesinfo-icon, which we could not see, were also opened. People came through steadily. First came the pedestrians, followed by the tractors, which looked newer than I remembered. The olive groves on the sides of the road looked well tended and everything seemed to be "in order," besides the fact that an entire village was cut off from its fields. There is no possibility for people to grow vegetables between the rows of trees since the checkpoint is open only twice each week.

Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

The area around the garbage container was horribly littered with torn aluminum trays, plastic bags, and lots and lots of flies. The flies surrounded Pierre's taxi and we hurried to get inside and get rid of them by turning on the fan and windshield wipers. Before we could see who was coming and going we noticed that there was an "improvement" in the benches under the shed. The boards that had been placed on the benches made it possible to sit, but the filth under the benches was nothing new. Evidently, no one feels at home here.