Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Ruti Kuvatch and Hanah Heller. Translation: Yael Bassis-Student
Sep-2-2014
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Afternoon

 

15:20 Shaked-Tura checkpoint

 Two families with children cross into the Seam Line zone. Workers return to the West Bank. Passage is swift.

 

15:50  Barta'a – Rihan checkpoint

 The lower car park is still closed for renovations (today it's being paved with asphalt) and most cars are parked on the side of the road leading to the West Bank.

 

At 16:15 there is a stream of workers returning from Israel and from the Seam Line zone, passage is quick. There are also people

who are returning from the West Bank into the Seam Line zone.

The workers  returning from Israel tell us that in the morning they had gone through, as usual, at the Jalama checkpoint, which is closer to their homes, and where their employers pick them up and drive them all the way to Kfar Sava, to Tel Aviv, and to other locations. It’s a long rid. Most of them would rather cross at the Barta'a checkpoint, so that they could get to work earlier (at half of the time). For some reason they are not allowed to cross  here in the morning, only to return in the afternoon. They also reported that there was a delay in the morning from Barta'a because they do not allow separate lines for men and women.