Tura – Shaked Checkpoint: The IDF is responsible for the permanent garbage dump at the entrance to the checkpoint.
Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint 07:01
We missed the announcement “Crossing is now beginning.” The new facility was crowded with workers – an unfortunate sight that we are not used to seeing at the northern checkpoints. Most of them are construction workers who are building the new city of Harish.
begins too late and ends too early for them. Who will compensate them for all the days lost during the month of September when there are many Jewish holidays when they will not be working?
The Palestinian attendants kept strict order within the aluminum building. They carried clubs, which we never saw them use.
When we arrived the turnstiles opened. The men stood aside for the women to pass and the facility emptied within a few minutes.
07:30 – Yaabed – Dotan Checkpoint
The checkpoint was quiet. We waited for Amjad, who you know as the father of Mari who has been paralyzed since birth and Mira, who fell from the roof of their house two and a half years ago and is now disabled as well. Two months ago his hand was injured in an accident with an electric saw and he is due to undergo his fifth operation (financed by the Palestinian Authority). The operation includes a bone transplant and will be performed by an American surgeon who volunteers at the hospital in Ramallah. Amjad has trouble earning a living for his family because of the frequent trips he must make for his daughters’ treatments and hospitalizations. At the moment he is not earning a living and we are doing our best to raise donations for him. We currently gave them NIS 1000 that were donated by friends in HaShomer Hatzair.
At 07:45 we passed by Barta’a Checkpoint on our way to Tura Shaked Checkpoint and saw that the Palestinian parking lot was empty. ON Friday there were no trucks in the inspection facility.
08:10 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint
The checkpoint was completely empty and quiet. We returned, amazed at the scenery that is characteristic of this checkpoint.