Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Ruti T. and Marina B. (Reporter). Marcia L., translation

Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

06:30 - Upon our arrival, the checkpoint was quiet; there were no lines, but closing the turnstile at 06:50 and opening it at 07:00 caused long lines.

Several Palestinians came to us with requests for help with permits for passage through the checkpoint. One of them told us that he had paid a lawyer NIS 3,000 to renew his passage permit, but the lawyer didn’t do a thing.

07:30 – We left the checkpoint. The truck parking lot was full. Trucks were parked also in the private cars parking area.

Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

07:40We arrived late; the checkpoint was almost empty of people.  We left at 08:00.

We traveled to Shahak Industrial Zone, to visit the carpet factor where Bassam works.  The factory is impressive. We met with a large number of workers who must go through the checkpoints.  Some of the workers complained about the problems of the pupils at the Tura Checkpoint, especially on the way back. The soldiers demand that the little children show them the identity cards of their parents or their own birth certificates. They tell us that the soldiers delay the pupils for two hours at the checkpoint.

08:45 – We leave the factory.

Hirbat el Ra’adiya

09:00 – We visited Hirbat el Ra’adiya, which is still not connected to electricity. We were told that the day before, there was a meeting in the settlement between representatives of the Liaison and Coordination Administration and the Palestinian Authority about connecting the settlement to electricity. 

09:40 – We left, with olives.