'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan

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Ruti Erez, Leah Reichman (reporting)



At 13:00 I pick up a couple with a babyinfo-icon from Rambam Hospital. They do not speak Hebrew and do not speak Arabic but we do get along.

They are from West Barta'a, The Israeli side of the two Barta'as. There is no marked border but all are  aware of it. The West side is modest by our standards, lacks infrastructure, has no public transportation. That couple have five children. Two of them come towards us, sweet, friendly,  with bare feet. It is cold today. They show us their car. They have no money to repair it. My own old "junk" car is welcomed. We proceed together.


15:00 Anin checkpoint  

Four loaded  tractors, with stuff that no one is interested in, are waiting. "All is well"." Soldiers

are ok".


15:25 Tura-Shaked checkpoint

A few cars go through in the direction of the West Bank  .Empty, desolated and needless.

15:40 We left the checkpoint.


16:00 Ya'abed-Mevoh Dotan checkpoint

Passage is free there are no soldiers on site


16:15 Barta'a-Reihan checkpoint

 Dozens of workers return to the West Bank. They rush, younger people even run and laugh. They greet us. The inspection machine is in order and that makes us all happy.


17:00 We leave