Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan
15.30. Yabed-Dotan checkpoint.
The checkpoint is quiet. A notice pasted next to the red sign forbidding Israelis to enter Aresa A, is a form of invitation to visit the area in co-ordination with security authorities. We wanted to ask about this, and soldiers descended from the watch tower and make contact for us with the officer Basel [?] whom we asked if we could arrange for a visit for the two of us to Jenin, for instance? It turns out that the notice refers to organized tours in buses. But he promised to bring an answer.
16.00. Barta’a-Reihan checkpoint.
A noisy return home from another day’s work, mostly from Harish. An inhabitant of Kepin who works in Harish complains that in the morning he has to pass through “Sha’ar Ephraim”, which triples the expense and wastes a lot of time. An officer[?] explained to me on the phone that apparently this man is over 55 and so is forbidden to pass at Barta’a before 8 a.m. Such are the laws.
17.00. Tura-Shaked checkpoint.
Silence at this [?] surrealistic checkpoint. Many of the Tura inhabitants have no permit topass the checkpoint next to their home and have to take a roundabout route to pass at Barta’a.