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

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Ruti T. and Hannah H. Marcia L., Translation


Reihan-Barta’a Checkpoint, 06:00

The parking lot and surrounding area is full with vehicles and workers with cups of coffee in hand.  In the sleeveinfo-icon (an enclosed passageway), there are many workers going up from the terminal.  In the middle of the sleeve, workers who arrived at the checkpoint early, sit at the buffet and now they have time to sit quietly, sip coffee and eat cake.  Absolutely ideal!!  In the Palestinian parking lot, about 60 people each time, enter all at once, and the line advances quickly.  In the terminal, six inspection windows are open.

Anin Checkpoint, 06:35

The checkpoint is already open.  About 100 people, women and young people with sticks (to harvest olives), donkeys and three tractors leave today for the olive harvest.  Most of those harvesting passed through by 06:45 and now the individuals who are late, pass through.

Tura-Shaked Checkpoint, 07:05

When we arrived we found the checkpoint was open and two people already passed through to the seamline zone.  They tell us angrily that the checkpoint was opened only at 07:00 instead of at 06:30.  Next to the turnstile, on the side of the fence, we see a long line of people and many cars, all waiting to pass to the seamline zone.  At 07:10, a quick passage of cars begins in two directions. The passage of people to the seamline zone is very slow.  “The soldiers are eating potato chips and work slowly.”

07:15 –Pupils are being guided to school in Tura.  They pass quickly with no inspection.  Students who need to pass to go to the university in Jenin are inspected in the inspection room.

07:25 – Teachers pass with no line and immediately travel to school in the Palestinian village of Umm Reihan, which is in the seamline zone.

07:35 – Everyone has passed through.