Tura/Shaked, Ya'abed/Dotan, Barta'a/Reikhan, Sun 10.3.13, Afternoon
Translation: Yael Bassis-Student
15:15 Tura -Shaked checkpoint
A company of soldiers visits the checkpoint. A group of women and children crosses into the West Bank. We go all the up the sleeve without being stopped. We talk with the female soldier. Few people go through the checkpoint.
15:50 – We leave. On the way home we leave a bag of clothes at the village of Amreecha.
16:05 Ya'abed-Dotan checkpoint
There is a line of waiting cars on both sides of the checkpoint .Usually there are no inspections nor delays here. Cars are delayed today for a rather long period of time. Soldiers inspect every other car. Only one car goes through at a time. We are not used to seeing such long lines at this checkpoint. Usually vehicles cross in no time. All of a sudden the situation changes and the soldiers let drivers go through without inspection. Cars from area A waited 15 minutes. Again some vehicles are stopped for questioning, especially cars coming from the West Bank.
We are told that 3 exits/entrances at the village of Ya'abed are blocked; one person reported waiting an hour to get through.
16:50– We leave.
17:00 Barta'a-Reihan checkpoint
We went down the sleeve to the terminal. The turnstile works non-stop and everyone crosses. Two windows are open. An illegal alien is detained, sitting on the bench at the entrance.
17:30 We leave.