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

Rachel Weizman, Hana Heller (observers), J.H. (translation)

15:25 Tura Shaked Checkpoint

A few people are returning to the West Bank. They tell us that the checkpoint was opened that morning half an hour late, at 7:00. Others return from the West Bank to the seam zone. Cars pass quickly in both directions. One pickup truck is detained for examination and then sent back to the West Bank; we are told that the vehicle’s permission isn’t valid.


On our way to the Ya’abed-Dotan Checkpoint we see two military vehicles looking out over the main road to Jenin. At the checkpoint, concrete barriers narrow the access road to one lane. In ten minutes we count 100 cars passing in both directions. All the cars bounce unevenly over the deeply (6-7 cm) scored pavement. People call to us from their cars, saying “Until when?,” and “look what they’re doing to us,” “They’re ruining our cars.” We didn’t see any soldiers.


16:20 Barta'a Riehan Checkpoint

Israeli and Palestinians cars arrive and drop off many laborers following a day’s work. They descend the sleeveinfo-icon quickly toward the terminal. One of the security guards forbids us from taking photos, saying that a civilian company manages the checkpoint and the military grant to take photos isn’t applicable.