15:30 - Tura Checkpoint: “The Fabric of Life”. What a life!!!
In Umm Reihan, which is in the Seamline Zone, there will be a wedding in a few days and the family, who comes from the West Bank, is beginning to arrive in vehicles carrying food for the event. The soldiers say that this food needs coordination and there is a delay at the passage. A car with lights for the event is also delayed. However, a phone call from the District Coordination Office confirms that they do have coordination. In spite of that, the vehicle is delayed for a long time, until they let the car cross the checkpoint.
People return from work in two directions. They tell us that in the morning, they again opened the checkpoint late, by half an hour. Cars with passengers pass in two directions, with no problems.
A resident of Umm Reihan, who passed through in the morning to an oil press in the West Bank, with olives that he picked in his grove, returns now with the product of his labors: 18 containers of olive oil. (This is for private ownership.) The soldiers allow him to pass through with only 4 containers. They demand that he coordinate these containers. (The cost of obtaining a coordination permit to transfer a product is NIS 500.) After more than an hour of phone calls back and forth to the District Coordination Office (in the meantime the soldiers claim that he did not pass through in the morning with olives), the man finally passed through with all the containers.
16:15 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
Few people pass through this checkpoint to the West Bank. During the period of all the holidays of Tishrei, there is a closure to workers in Israel (including Hol HaMoed) and only the workers in the Seamline Zone pass through. Families with children and purchases return from Jenin to Barta’a.