Eyal Crossing, 'Anabta, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Mon 29.6.09, Afternoon

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Bilha A., Yona A.

Translation: Bracha


16:30 The temporary checkpoint is still located close to the junction.  Two soldiers are standing in the southern position and two at the northern one and are stopping every car and checkpoint documents and vehicles.  A minibus with yellow license plates (Israeli) going in the direction of Tulkarem is asked to pull over so that the other cars can pass.  The soldier collects the Palestinian passengers’ documents and goes to the guard post to relay their ID numbers on the phone.  After 5 minutes the answer is received, their ID cards are returned and the minibus is released.
The soldiers are thoroughly checking each car entering Tulkarem and the line grows longer at the entrance and exit.

17:30 Vehicles filled with workers arrive in the parking lot in the entrance to the facility one after the other.  The workers get out quickly and hurry through the door.  The turnstile is locked every few minutes to control the number of people in the facility.  Only one inspection window is open. The checks are quick and everyone gets through within a few minutes.  A driver is waiting in the shed next to the parking lot for his family to come out of the checkpoint.  He calls our attention to the problematic location of a sign that has been placed directly at the edge of the sidewalk where it gets in the way of passengers getting out of their cars.  (See photo).  Three families, with women and children come out of the checkpoint.  The driver who was waiting for them for about an hour helps them all into his car and leaves.

18:00 At this hour there are only a few people coming through the checkpoint and they pass through without any problems.