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

Observers: 
Rachel W. and Hannah H., Marcia L., translation
Jan-31-2018
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Afternoon

This morning everyone passed through and the military police did not make people return home because “their clothing was not appropriate for agricultural work(!).”The soldiers arrived and got ready for the opening of the checkpoint, their guns pointed toward the people. The passage begins at 15:02.  Two people, prohibited by the General Security Services, turned to us and we referred them to Sylvia. Twenty people and 3 tractors loaded with scrap passed through quickly.

15;25 – Tura Checkpoint

Two cars with passengers pass through quickly to the Seamline Zone.  Three workers returning to the West Bank tell us that this morning the checkpoint opened exactly at 06:30 and “It was OK . . .” 

The roads in the Seamline Zone have been widened, new electric poles were added and, generally, the annexation crawls along.

15:45 – Barta’a Checkpoint

In the upper parking lot there are many workers and the vehicular traffic is crowded. In the shelter there are already 3 food stands. A few people, prohibited by the General Security Services and the Police, turn to us and ask for help.  We are only able to give them the phone numbers of Sylvia and her team.  One of the men is a resident of the West Bank, married to an Israeli woman from the Arab city of Umm al Fahm. He is a father of 7 children and has a valid (until August 2018) permit to pass through. Now he has been told at Barta`a checkpoint that they won’t let him pass anymore.  At the Liaison and Coordination Administration at Salem, they told him that the permit was good, but at Barta’a checkpoint they continue to harass him! 

16:15 – Many workers return from work and go down to the terminal through the sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed wire fence leading to and from the checkpoint terminal.)