'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked
Short observation; very cold.
06:30 – Anin Checkpoint
We arrived at the agricultural checkpoint opposite Kfar Anin at exactly the opening hour. People already pass through, greet us with “Good Morning” in Hebrew. The soldiers inspect them at the furthest gate (there are three gates at this checkpoint) and it was difficult for us to see what was done. However, our impression is that they did not return anyone to the back. At first the pedestrians went through one by one, and at the end, the tractors passed through.
The sun was large and yellow, but it was very c-o-l-d! The stream of workers ended and the soldiers organized themselves for closing. We left.
The gates of the checkpoint are open and not many people go out from the West Bank to the Seamline Zone. An employer from Umm-al-Fahm, who says that he has met us in a number of places, waits in his car for his worker. School children, that is, girls, arrive. It is very cold. The traffic lessens. We left.
08:00 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
We went down to the lower parking lot, from which we enter the terminal, and still, at 08:00, the terminal is totally filled. The incoming traffic is stopped for a few minutes because on the road beyond the an army vehicle passes.
A number of the Palestinians earn their bread by industriously cleaning the checkpoint and the surrounding area. The cold still pierces to the bone.
We left. (Perhaps more correctly, we fled from the cold.)