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

Ruthi R. and Rachel W. (Reporting) Marcia L., Translation

15:15 – Anin Checkpoint


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-Rahma thanks Eliya, her daughters and friends who came to help her
with the olive harvest. 


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-Rahma’s donkey, laden with olives, arrives at the checkpoint ahead of her.


The checkpoint gate, which was supposed to be opened at 15:30, is still closed.    A number of people and one donkey are already waiting to pass through.  A border police jeep arrives and crosses the gate.

A resident of Anin tells us that there was an error in his crossing permit and he submitted it to be corrected.  He has already been waiting 10 days for the corrected permit and in the meantime he can’t pass at this checkpoint in the morning and has to return via Bara’a checkpoint - a very big detour . We gave him the telephone number of the DCL, perhaps they will speed up the return of his permit. The residents tell us that the soldiers are late in opening the checkpoint.  Today they opened on time and about 35 people, a tractor and a donkey passed through with no inspection.  Rahma also returned from the harvest and told us that yesterday, Israelis came (with our friend Eliya) and helped her with the olive picking; they also brought her a rake as a gift to help her with the work.

When we left, people were still coming.  The checkpoint needs to be open until 16:30.

15:50 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint


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The horse has no permit to pass.

There is more activity than usual at the checkpoint. Perhaps that is because of the olive harvest; perhaps it is the wedding to which some women, dressed elegantly, are traveling to.  Also a white horse with a red strap was at the checkpoint.  What we succeeded in understanding is that they sold the horse to someone on the West Bank side, but the horse had a permit problem and the soldiers wouldn’t let her pass the checkpoint.

16:45 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

A heavy flow of people return from work; all of them pass through in a hurry, with no inspection.