Barta`a chekpoint: severe overcrowding in the mornings
Marcia L., Translation
For almost two years, I have been an active member of Machsom Watch, and for most of those years, I have been accompanied by Hannah and sometimes Neta. Throughout this time, we meet with M., at Anin Checkpoint, and I buy olive oil from him for people who order it through me. This morning, M. notified me that he will not be there. His son, a young man of 27, an officer in the Palestinian police, was killed last night. We were unsuccessful in finding out who killed him, but how sad it is that a young life was cut down. We share the family’s sorrow.
15:15 - Barta’a- Reihan Checkpoint
Only a few people walk down the roofed and enclosed path that leads to the terminal (the sleeve). At about 15:30, the stream of those returning from work in Israel and the Seamline Zone grows. People complain to us that crossing the checkpoint during the morning hours takes a long time (from half an hour to an hour), and there is great crowding for the last two weeks between 05:30 to 06:30.
In addition, for some reason, among the 12 crossing stations which check the magnetic cards, only four are working.
Female students from Jenin and workers from the West Bank, leave for work on the second shift.
15:50 – Anin Checkpoint
The checkpoint is already open; only two tractors and a few workers return to the village from the olive harvest and the passage is quick. Apparently, according to one of the soldiers who opened the checkpoint at 12:00, this is because of the rain today.
Five soldiers (male and female) from the Extrication and Rescue Unit are standing next to the gate. Today they behave pleasantly to us and are interested in what we are doing here.
Quiet, as usual. A family arrives on a horse-drawn cart. Women enter the enclosed “sleeve” on the way to inspection, and the man crosses with the cart and horse.
On the way back, the setting sun and the clouds create a spectacularly colorful scene of Palestine.