Barta'a-Reihan, Jalama, Tura-Shaked, Wed 20.3.13, Afternoon
Translation: Bracha B.A.
14:50 – Jalameh (Gilboa) Checkpoint
A group of women agricultural laborers passes through the checkpoint even before we manage to park our car. A few other people follow them and pass quickly through the open gate in the fence at the side of the terminal. There is no need to enter the building.
15:10– The doors to the terminal are still locked despite the fact that they are supposed to open at 15:00. We have no idea why. There is a long line of cars at the vehicle checkpoint, belonging to Israeli Arabs on their way home.
15:50 – Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
There is little vehicle and pedestrian traffic in both directions. A herd of sheep crosses to the West Bank. An elderly farmer who lives in Yaabed, who has planted tobacco near Hirbet Raadieh in the seamline zone, complained that his children and grandchildren have not receive permits [to enter the seamline zone] and he couldn't work alone.
16:20 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint, seamline zone side
People are arriving in groups and entering the terminal immediately. There is no line despite the fact that there are a lot of people crossing into the seamline zone. One of the workers complains that the situation at the Irtah (Maaleh Ephraim) Checkpoint in the morning is extremely difficult. Unfortunately residents of Jenin who have permits to work in Israel are not allowed to cross through the Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint in the morning.
We left at 17:00. Workers continued to arrive with their transport vehicles and descend the sleeve into the terminal.