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

Observers: 
Tzafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (Reporting) Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham
Jul-9-2015
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Morning

06:20 A'anin Checkpoint

We arrived early, and a flock of contented partridges flies over the road and passes the gate - without permits.   At 06:25 a vehicle from the Liaison and Coordination Administration arrives from the security road between the two fences.   The Liaison and Coordination Administration representative has no supervisor.  The soldiers arrive at 06:30 on time. They open the checkpoint.  The 19-year-old son of M., a friend of ours is detained.   He has a valid permit.    M. leaves his tractor on the seamline zone side and goes to find out what is happening with his son, who crosses with him each Monday and Thursday.  He is told it will be OK.  By 07:00 about twenty people, including M's son have crossed. 

 

07:10 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

The soldiers drive from A'anin to Tura-Shaked Checkpoint and so do we.  The soldiers arrive on time and open the checkpoint with the help of other soldiers.  People cross from one side to the other and one person crosses to the seamline zone on a bicycle.

07:30 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint, Palestinian Side

About fifteen tenders loaded with agricultural produce harvested in the West Bank and designated for the seamline zone, are waiting in the parking lot.  Other tenders are parked in the large parking lot opposite.   The parking lot is less crowded than usual, and only a few people are arriving at this hour. 

 

07:50 – Yaabed – Dotan Checkpoint

We hear voices but don't see any soldiers.  Traffic is moving in both directions without any delay.  After a few minutes we see two soldiers on their way towards us.  They ask us if our car is stuck, but we are not stuck and they return to their posts.

 

08:10 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side

There are a lot of cars and taxis waiting, but only a few people arrive.  One of the drivers tells us that crossing is very slow and only ten people have come out in the past 10 minutes, and things only move faster when we arrive.  . We walk down the sleeveinfo-icon to the entrance to the terminal and see that two inspection booths are operating.   People come out holding their belts.     When we ask how things are today, people tell us there is no problem.  At 08:30 we walk back up to the parking lot.  The drivers are still waiting.  Perhaps there are fewer people today because of Ramadan.