Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

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Hanah Heller, Ruti Kovach, Translation: Yael Bassis-Student


1530 Tura-Shaked  

 Very quiet all around. We followed one vehicle which has entered the checkpoint – after a few minutes it was on the other side. This was true also of two trucks, one of which was loaded with some sort of cargo.

We met the shepherd with his herd who has claimed that since he crosses the checkpoint twice a day, the computer registers him as someone who crosses too many times and marks him as "denied passage." Hanah suggested that he points out the fact of crossing the gate twice a day to the soldier at the window and this causes a problem.


1600 Barta'a-Rihan   

 A constant stream of people who cross into the West Bank. To our inquiry they answer that in the morning another lane was added (now there are three lanes) and this improves passage significantly. Not all are inspected by the Machine and pace is definitely faster.


Having said the above, those who had gone through in the morning at the Yirtach checkpoint report that over there things have not improved and the morning crowding is immense and disturbing.

A group of pupils from Safad visited the checkpoint (we heard that from their bus driver) and received explanations from one of the security personnel.