Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan

Observers: 
Rachela H., (Photographs), Noa L. (Reporting), Translation: Bracha B.A.
15/03/2014
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Morning

 

Shaked – Tura Checkpoint – 07:30-08:00

When we arrived at the checkpoint dozens of people cwere oming toward us, who had already crossed, ,evidently on their way to work. There are now no people waiting except a one, standing next to his car waiting for one of the many soldiers, including a military vehicle and its passengers, to take care of him.  The soldiers are jolly and take no notice of the time.  It took 20 minutes for the soldiers to get around to  checking the person who's been waiting.  The man got into his car and quickly drove back to the seamline zone. We tried to stop him to ask what had happened but didn't find out what had occurred. (See photo)  The checkpoint is now empty and only one car has crossed to the seamline zone.

 

Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint 08:00 – 08:30

The checkpoint is crowded with people crossing in both directions.  The "Bonjour" kiosk now has a price list written in Arabic and several planters have been added hee and there.   Most of the people said that things were moving along on time, but said that one man, or perhaps a boy, had all the necessary permits but was still being detained.  We cannot see or hear what is going on inside the terminal. People coming out told us that he was sent to the Liaison and Coordination Administration at Salam. Someone else told us about checkpoint on the way mainly those opposite Yaabed, where things are being deliberately done slowly and only one car is allowed through every ten minutes.  The man claims he has been on his way for two hours on a drive that ordinarily takes ten minutes.  We decided to drive there.  Recently the checkpoint opposite Mevo

Dotan has not been manned on Saturdays, and we therefore have not gone there for a long time.  

 

Yaabed – Mevo Dotan 08:50

The checkpoint is not manned.  On the way we passed an army vehicle on the side of the road north of Yaabed, and another in the olive grove just opposite the village, but there are no roadblocks or checkpoints.   It appears there was a morning exercise to keep up the routine of harassment.