Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Rachele H., Noa L. (Reporting), Marcia L., translation

06:25 - 07:05 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

The soldiers arrived at 06:27, but by the time they got organized, passage began at 06:50. Even then, the passage was slow despite the small number of people going through. Around the time of our leaving, it was clear that there were problems with the computer. When they fixed it, passage was fast, with no delays.

One man told us that he was referred to “Sylvia’s Team” for help with his prohibition from entering Israel. A few days ago he received a telephone call from the staff, that his prohibition was lifted. However, it appears that the information has not yet reached the DCO because the same day, he received a new passage permit which says that he is prohibited. What should he do? We suggested that he contacts Sylvia’s Team again and also the DCO.  Indeed, the results are disappointing but it is important to note his happiness and good impression due to the care and consideration of his problem by the team.

07:20 – 08:00 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

The parking lots are not yet full, and fewer people than usual are waiting for transportation to work in the upper parking lot.  One person tells us that they are allowing only groups of five to enter the terminal.  Inside, the terminal is empty; thus the main problem is at the entrance to the terminal. According to him, the passage took him half an hour.  In the terminal three windows are open and there is a no long line in front of them.

Later we saw that they were allowing larger groups to enter.  We didn’t manage to time individuals, but those passing through said that the passage had taken three minutes.