Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

 Elijah Levyand Ruthi Tuval, Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham
Tura checkpoint
Ruti Tuval
Barta`a checkpoint: a baby cross the turnstile
Elijah Levy
Barta`a checkpoint: renovation at the Palestinian`s parking lot
Ruti Tuval

15:15 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

Two women soldiers armed with sub-machine guns were slowly making their way up the road to the checkpoint.   There was a lot of traffic of cars carrying children in both directions.   The women soldiers who finished their shift refused to tell us about the blue hats that they were wearing.  Someone asked us for help regarding his permit.  He lives in the Reihan nature reserve.   Elia had not been there yet and we went there and climbed to the roof of the rangers' station.


16:15 – Barta'a – Reihan Checkpoint

The parking lot was completely filled and we parked some distance away on the road.  There was a long line of people coming home from work, who were mostly construction workers working in Harish.  The line extended from the end of the building all the way to the only turnstile that leads from the terminal to the Palestinian parking lot, part of which is now a building site.   Women and children occasionally passed in the opposite direction.  Workers were usually polite and let them cross.   The turnstile was operating without stopping in both directions and was locked only when a military vehicle passed on the security road.   This gave us an opportunity to go up to the turnstile and photograph the construction site on the other side of the fence.  A photo is attached.