Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Ruthi T., Yochi Translation: Bracha B.A.



06:30 – Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint

There is still room in the parking lot.  16 trucks, heavily loaded with agricultural produce from the West Bank, are waiting to be checked.


A father and his adult son are in need of a ride to Sheba Hospital.  The son has a monthly permit to receive treatment at the hospital.  We call "Derech L'Hachlama" [the organization which provides rides to people who need to visit hospitals in Israel] but they were not able to provide a ride.  We gave the father the phone number and told him to call in the future when they need to go.   We offered to take them to Um El-Fahem, but he said that perhaps someone would come to drive them.


5 trucks exit the vehicle inspection facility.  Pedestrian traffic is moving quickly.

We left at 06:55.


07:00 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

The soldiers opened the checkpoint on time.  They told us that about 60 people were waiting in line, but that "everything was OK."    A few cars cross, mostly carrying workers.

The children from Dahar-al Malakh arrive in small groups and cross without being checked.  A car brings two woman teachers carrying open books.  Another teacher arrives.

A man arrives from A'anin and greets us warmly.  He reports that recently only a few people have been given permits.   He has to pay NIS 10 for each trip to Tura or elsewhere.  [About $3.50]

We left at 08:00.