Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Sat 8.6.13, Morning
Translation: Yael Bassis-Student
0730 – 0810 Tura-Shaked.
Traffic streams along rather quickly on both sides; there is no heavy traffic. The tobacco planted in the nearby field is high and in full bloom. A resident of the West Bank requests our assistance: He grows tobacco near Um-el-Rihan (Seam Line zone) and he wants , as is the custom , to take the picked leafs to his house, in the West Bank, to dry it and to process it. But he is not allowed to take the leaves through the checkpoint, as it turns out, one needs a special permit for such action. As of today, that permit was given to only four growers. He turned to the DCO and was forced to go back and forth. As of now his problem remains unsolved. He had already asked Ana for help and is still waiting. WE will inquire with Ana and continue as needed (without too much hope).
0810 – 0850 Barta'a-Rihan
A few recreation facilities were added at the checkpoint, also there is a new shade screen over them, as well as a drinking fountain. There is no doubt that "our" checkpoint is the nicest of all. Two weeks ago we attended an interesting tour of the West Bank guided by the excellent Dahlia Golomb. For years I've been visiting only the Northern checkpoints and had never seen with my own eyes what was happening at other places. Now it is clear –' Ours' is the most decorated.
Traffic today is steady but there are fewer people. All go through quickly. According to them- within five minutes. Men come out with open belts.