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 22.4.12, Afternoon
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.
Translation: Bracha B.A.
15:45 – Shaked Tura Checkpoint
A woman arriving from the West Bank gazes at the poles that have been built at the checkpoint. We look at them together and I tell her that they are building the Tura Castle. She claims is the Dar Al Malak Castle and we both laugh. There are four elaborate pillars arranged in a rectangle with wooden poles like old telephone poles. Palestinian workers are laying new curbstones. Most of the people coming through the checkpoint are women and children. At this time of day drivers merely show their green ID cards and drive through without being checked. Pedestrians must go through the inspection room. I give a lift to a woman and child going to Um Reihan.
16:35 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint
Three women, one of them a driver, arrive with a disabled man. They help him get out of the car and seat him in his wheelchair. Two of them leave the man with his weary wife and leave the checkpoint. I suggest that they try to get through the vehicle checkpoint rather than take the long way through the terminal. After a phone call they are given permission and cross quickly. A young man is permitted to help them on the condition that he returns through the terminal. .The entire sleeve is now covered with a roof.
There is no crowding at the entrance to the terminal and people arriving pass through quickly. A child is crying inside the terminal, and one window is open. At 17:15 10 particularly cheerful workers arrive. Another window opens. The he upper parking lot on the seamline zone side is empty. Workers are cleaning the restrooms. The parking lot on the Palestinian side is completely full as it usually is at this time of day.