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

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Tzafrira Zamir, Zoe K. Sara V. (New observer), Translation: Bracha B.A.
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

14:55 – A'anin Checkpoint                                                                                                          

The gatesinfo-icon of the checkpoint are already open and the small number of farmers who arrived on this rainy day have crossed.   The military policewoman does not permit people to bring used clothing that we brought for the village residents to A'anin.  She is unusually rude to both the Palestinians and to us.  A rather embarrassed soldier explain that we have to behave according to regulations and that we should remember that they areprotecting us.     


15:35 – Tura Shaked Checkpoint

There is nothing new here.  There are a lot of fences and facilities at the checkpoint and very few people are crossing.


On our way to Yaabed – Dotan Checkpoint we pass by the crowded parking lot at Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint.  Everything is as it usually is: The locked gate on the road to Emricha to Yaabed and the bridge blocked from both sides.


16:10 – Yaabed – Dotan Checkpoint

To our surprise there is a line of a dozen cars waiting on the western side of the checkpoint.  Drivers arriving from Jenin or Yaabed want to drive west towards Barta'a checkpoint or south towards Tulkarem.   Cars going in the opposite direction pass through without being checked.  Suddenly the drivers who were waiting received orders to cross through.   There is a lot of traffic in both directions at this hour.  Occasionally a line forms that quickly disappears.  Only two cars   - one going in each direction – were asked to stop for a quick inspection.


16:40 – Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side

Many workers are returning from work in Israel and in the seamline zone and pass through the turnstile into the terminal.    A few cross from the Wet Bank to the seamline zone.  

We left at 17:00.  People tell us that we should come to Irtah (Sha'ar Ephraim) in the morning, where thousands of people cross into Israel each day.