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

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Neta Golan, Shula Bar (reporting and photographing). Translator: Charles K.


The occupation perpetuates itself while becoming more efficient, reducing the number of people allowed through the agricultural checkpoints.


In the photo:  People in line to have their hand scanned by the biometric device, Barta’a checkpoint.

15:10  ‘Anin agricultural checkpoint

The checkpoint opened on time, ten minutes ago; everyone’s already gone through.  M. waits for us to give him the bags of clothing.  The wagon attached to his tractor is filled with plastic chairs, some broken, which he’d collected at the Umm Reihan garbage dump.  Until recently the soldiers inspected each item of junk and usually didn’t denied him permission to bring such finds into the village.  When we left a soldier waved and called “goodbye, see you”…


15:20  Tura-Shaked checkpoint

Very few people are going through, an occasional car.  Apparently crossing permits for flocks of sheep are no longer being renewed.  We haven’t seen in a while the old man with the white donkey, who used to leave every morning to go to his daughter in Umm Reihan and return each afternoon to Tura.


15:50  Tayibeh-Rummaneh agricultural checkpoint

Three tractors and about ten people arrived on foot a few minutes before 16:00.  The Border Policemen came on time.  They ask us, with exaggerated politeness, to move our car back.


16:30  Barta’a-Reihan checkpoint

We went down to the terminal with the usual flow of workers returning from Israel and from the West Bank seam zone.  Yesterday we were told that now everyone would need to be identified biometrically, with no exceptions.  Today the order was suspended.  So someone returning from Israel is exempt from having their fingerprint scanned, while those returning from the seam zone aren’t.