A girl was listed in her mother’s ID card, but she was not allowed to cross.  Why?  Because they said so

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Zafrira Zamir, Hannah Heller (Reporting) with Pierre (Driver) Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

Tura – Shaked Checkpoint, 15:30

The checkpoint was quiet.  A worker returned to the West Bank, and a woman from A’anin crossed to the seamline zone because A’anin Checkpoint is closed today.  The woman was born in Um A Reihan, which is in the seamline zone but moved to A’anin following her marriage.  She needed a special one-time permit to ross and attend a wedding in Um-A-Reihan. 

Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint 15:50

A large group of workers arrived who were going home to the West Bank.  Only about 10% of these workers entered the seamline zone through this checkpoint in the morning.  Most of them told us that they work in construction in the city of Harish that is located in Israel near Barta’a, but they crossed at Jalameh or Tibeh checkpoint in the morning which are far away.   Two of the workers asked us to arrange for them to cross to Harish at Barta’a in the morning.  I wish we could.  We explained that the policy is for people to cross here only in the afternoon and in the morning they can only cross at checkpoints that are located on the (former but now non-existent) green line.

A group of young men crossed from the West Bank to Barta’a to work at a wedding as waiters.  They were followed by two musician-singers.  Students returned home with suitcases from the university in Jenin.

An agitated man was standing next to the turnstile outside the terminal who was holding a discussion with his mother and  sister who were delayed inside the terminal.  They live in Barta’a and were returning from Jenin.  The girl was 15 years old and has no separate permit, and she is listed in her mother’s ID card, but she was not allowed to cross.  Why?  Because they said so.  After several hours of delay the weeping girl and tense mother finally  left the checkpoint.