Reihan, Shaked, Mon 18.1.10, Morning

Leah R., Anna N.S. (Reporting)

Translation: Bracha B.A.

 06:20 – Reihan Barta’a Checkpoint
06:20 Reihan-Barta’a Checkpoint weather is unusually stormy.  We drove through thick fog along the road to the northern checkpoints.  The road is narrow and winding for most of the way and it is dark.  There is heavy rain and strong wind and we arrived at our destination late and decided not to go to the agricultural checkpoint at A’anin because of the late hour.. At Barta’a checkpoint we met a sleepy driver who told us that only a few people had gone to work today: those who work at the Shahak Industrial zone near Shaked and the seamstresses who work in the sewing factory in Barta’a.  Passage through the checkpoint was quick and if Leah had to remind the guard in the booth to open the gate to the checkpoint.

Drivers were loading trays of eggs onto one of the tenders.  We can hear the dogs at the checkpoint barking in the background.  Two tenders are waiting to enter the inspection facility to have their agricultural cargo checked. Meanwhile the drivers are dozing. On the road leading from the checkpoint towards Jenin there are no checkpoints and Sharon, the manager of the checkpoint, told us that we can drive along that road until we reach the Dotan checkpoint.

A. from Um Reihan tells us that last night there has been a confrontation at Shaked-Tura Checkpoint.  One of the people passing through from the West Bank to the seamline zone did not stop to be checked, and left his documents with the army and fled.  The checkpoint was closed immediately and vehicles were sent to find the man, who was caught but later released.

07:15 – Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
Children are still on vacation from school and without the students there the checkpoint is empty.. We did not meet anyone and could not find out what had happened yesterday.  Two vehicles drove across and back in the other direction, and another wet person walks through with his face to the ground.

07:45 – It was cold again and we left.