Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Rochele Hayut, Noa Lavid. Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham
16/04/2016
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Morning

 

 

Tura – Shaked Checkpoint, 07:20 – 08:00

Crossing at the checkpoint is at its peak and is moving in both directions. Crossing appears to be quick, but one person tells us that the checkpoint only opened at 07:14. He explained that every day this week the checkpoint opened late and workers, who had to get to work and meet their employers who are waiting for them on the other side of the checkpoint, struggled to get through quickly. Things became tense and the soldiers intervened by shouting. At one point a soldier slapped a worker, took his papers, and sent him to the end of the line. This week the soldiers' mother tongue is Arabic, since they are Bedouin. They speak among themselves and sing out loud. After about 20 minutes everyone has crossed and other people arriving crossed immediately.  We received more complaints about confiscation of permits from people who have permits, and we have received many such complaints recently.   

 

Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint, 08:00 – 08:30

There is a lot of traffic and many people, but it appears that despite this people are crossing quickly. A person we know says that there are a lot of people, but people are nevertheless crossing quickly. Someone else tells us that whenever we are there, people cross more quickly, but that is not always so.   We saw that it took one person 12 minutes to cross, which is not very fast. We did not receive any complaints here from people about confiscated permits.