Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Hasida, Ruthi T. (reporter)

06:50 Tura-Shaked checkpoint


We arrive at the checkpoint with the soldiers. The checkpoint opens on time. All people getting to the checkpoint is relaxed: the children, the teachers, the headmaster, the workers, the agricultural workers, a donkey and a horse with a carriage each.

At 07:45 the traffic ended, and we moved on. At the entrance to the Palestinian village nea the Daher-el-Maleh there was a large group of workers. We took three of them to the Barta'a intersection.


07:55 Barta'a-Reihan checkpoint

The lower parking lot on the Palestinian side is already completely full. We parked behind the convoy of lorries waiting on the road. In the meanwhile we decided to check how long it took a young man, still on the road, on his way to the checkpoint, to get through. We went up to the exit from the terminal to the seam zone, and in the meanwhile we watched the checking area, opposite us. The young man arrived 18 minutes later. Those passing the checkpoint said that "today is o.k.". Two private cars were checked within ten minutes, but we didn't know how long they had waited until they got to the checkup itself. From the same area there emerged this morning a crane-lorry and and a garbage vehicle, returning from the west bank, empty. Has anyone checked how the Israeli "garbage economy" is being handled in the west bank?