Since 2001 we have observed dozens of army checkpoints on paved and unpaved roads in the West Bank, the Jordan Valley and along the Separation Fence; Civil Administration offices which grant permits to Palestinians; and military courts trying Palestinian prisoners. We stand at the checkpoints observing the behavior of soldiers and Palestinians without interfering, intervening only when soldiers behave offensively to Palestinians. Then we try to speak to the soldiers themselves or telephone...
Reihan, Shaked, Sun 8.4.12, Morning
Reihan (Bartaa) Checkpoint allows transit only to vehicles and pedestrians holding transit permits appropriate to the place. The checkpoint is located on the separation fence, east of East Bartaa, and is supposed to supply continuation of the "fabric of life" to the Palestinian residents living in the "Seam Zone," who have been physically cut off from the West Bank by the that fence. Since 16 May 2007, it has been maintained by a civilian security company subcontracting to the Defense Ministry.
Functioning on the site is a large and sophisticated terminal, which includes biometric facilities for identification of the palm of the hand, and small examination rooms to which men and women are taken by random selection. Agricultural produce and other goods may be transferred through here from the West Bank to the Seam Zone enclave in limited quantities, by a group of regular drivers and in prior coordination with the DCO and the army.
Since the checkpoint passed into civilian hands, the Mevo Reihan CP (near Umriha village) has been used as a checking point for Palestinians on their way to the Reihan checkpoint.
Translator: Charles K.
Shaked-Tura checkpoint: The banker and a student on their way to inspection before continuing to Jenin.
Pupils are on their way to school in Tura, the village adjacent to the checkpoint.
06:20 Reihan/Barta’a checkpoint
Dozens of laborers wait for rides on both sides of the road. S.A., our acquaintance, arrives from the terminal with a small group, tells us that today people are going through more quickly than usual, in only a few minutes. Six loaded pickup trucks wait on the road beyond the gate to enter inspection. Cars are on their way there. By 06:30, all the laborers have been picked up. The security company personnel conduct a very loud conversation among themselves from their posts, including unrepeatable references to one of their mothers.
07:00 Shaked/Tura checkpoint
The gate opens exactly at seven. The concrete barriers that had separated the vehicles from the pedestrians have been removed. The children continue to bypass the checkpoint on the dirt path, the younger ones without being inspected, those aged 12 or 13 are now directed to the inspection room. Meanwhile, a large truck arrives loaded with a generator and power station equipment. The laborers wait impatiently at the revolving gates until all the teachers and students coming from both directions have entered the inspection room. The checkpoint empties by 07:35. At 07:45 the generator begins to operate loudly. A man and a child are picked up by a volunteer from “Ba’Derech Le’Hachlamah.” I also return to the Barta’a checkpoint to pick up three people going to Rambam hospital, but by 08:00 it turns out they’re not coming.