Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Hannah Heller, Shula Nachmias. Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham


Tura – Shaked Checkpoint, 15:30

The checkpoint was open and people were crossing in both directions.  We met a resident of Um Reihan (in the seamline zone) who waited for his wife and children. They were visiting the hospital in Jenin prior to her giving birth. The man was anxious that his wife would not be allowed to cross.  Evidently, they were born in Barta’a.  During 2003–2005 they went to live in Yaabed (in the West Bank) . They have now moved to Um Reihan because it is difficult to find houses for rent in Barta’a. They have never received forms stating that they are residents of the seamline zone, and he has been pursuing legal help. The army claims that they relinquished their right to live in the seamline zone and they have only received temporary permits because his wife is about to give birth.

Barta’a Reihan Checkpoint, 15:45

It was pouring rain and very cold, and workers were hurrying home.

The vendor in the booth approached us and asked us to try and find out why 2500 people do not have permits to cross at Barta’a and must now cross through Jalameh.