15:00 Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint
The checkpoint has a festive appearance, adorned with recently planted flowers.
A few families, carrying packages, cross into the West Bank, apparently headed for Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrations. There are also those crossing the other way – from the West Bank to Barta’a – also dressed up for the holiday. The young men cross with work permits and the rest, those over 50, use their ID cards.
A young Palestinian man approached us and told us that he’s married to an Israeli woman from West Barta’a, and now that he’s reached the required age (35) he’s put in a request for family unification. He filled out the forms and received notice that his request should be handled within a month, but since then (two months ago) there’s been no response and he has to travel repeatedly to the Interior Ministry office in Hadera.
15:40 Tura Shaked Checkpoint
Two cars from Um Reihan are awaiting visitors from the West Bank.
Cars with passengers cross in both directions. Only some of those must enter the examination booth, where the process is slow.