Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan
15:00 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
We hear a lot of shots from the direction of the army camp. At this hour there are not a lot of workers returning from work. We went down the sleeve (the fenced-in pathway) to the terminal and as always, we see a few small, crowded turnstiles and it is impossible to pass through without getting caught beforehand. Someone says that he feels as if he passes through several kilometers before he exits.
On the way to the checkpoint, we see soldiers on patrol on the side of the road. We see them again on the way back. At the checkpoint they covered the deep ruts with speed bumps that still slow down travel but perhaps cause less damage to cars.
15:45 – All the parking lots at the Barta’a Checkpoint are still completely filled; in the sleeve that leads down to the terminal, there are already a lot of workers returning home.
16:00 –Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
Quiet as usual. The new thing that we saw was a large pit on the side of the road to the checkpoint. The soldier who came to us couldn’t explain the meaning of the pit. He wanted to know who we are, and we explained our organization to him.
A Palestinian explained to us that the pit was preparation for a lamp post, and then we saw another 7 pits just like the first one. This is really happening! The village of Daher Al Malec is finally connected to electricity. We hope to see this when we come here the next time.
16:30 – We left.