A shooting incident in the Shaked settlement
06:55 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
An accident on Route 6 delayed us. When we arrived, there was still much traffic at the checkpoint. Many people go up via the sleeve (the enclosed passage to the terminal) and many workers wait for transportation shuttles to their workplaces, especially in Harish city. We gave up on the entrance to the parking lot on the Palestinian side, which was full and very crowded. In Amricha, at F.’s store, we left a rocking chair for a baby.
07:10 – Ya’bed-Dotan and the settlement of Harmish
Very lively movement of military vehicles. A military ambulance is positioned to the west, seemingly waiting for someone who needs to come from the direction of Jenin. Five armored vehicles actually came from there just as we started to move so we didn't have time to see if there was any connection between them. They continued towards the Barta'a checkpoint and we were toward the Hermesh settlement. There is nothing new at the checkpoint. We returned on our heels.
Active traffic of military vehicles. A military ambulance is positioned to the west, apparently waiting for someone needing it, coming from the direction of Jenin. Five armored vehicles actually came from there exactly as we started to move, so we didn’t have a chance to see if there was contact between them. They continued towards the Barta’a Checkpoint and us in the direction of Hermesh settlement. At the checkpoint, there is nothing new. We retraced our steps.
07:45 – Barta’a Checkpoint
A convoy of about 15 cars was on its way to inspection. In the meantime, all the workers were picked up from the junction and traveled to work.
8:05 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
Very quiet. Perhaps we were late? We went to visit the lone house in the area, next to the fence of Shaked settlement. Tobacco leaves are drying in the olive groves. There is a lot of litter in the area; dogs bask in the sunshine.
We returned to Tura Checkpoint because we noticed two cars waiting next to it. This time we got out to see what was happening. The main entry gate to the checkpoint was indeed wide open (for cars) but the sleeve for pedestrians was locked. There were no soldiers present. Several people waited at the second passage of the checkpoint. We tried to find out at the District Coordination Office (DCO), but, for a long time, they refuse to speak with us. A driver from Umm Reihan heard from the head of the village that during the night there were shots at the Shaked settlement and that the checkpoint would be open in two hours. “How is it possible to live like this,” he asked. Several soldiers in a civilian car crossed the checkpoint and disappear on the highway. A woman who drives an elderly woman and a child arrives as far as the signal in the heart of the checkpoint, discovers there is no one there and goes back. She will cross at the Barta’a checkpoint. A bus truck covered with mud arrives from the highway.
The telephone of Lieutenant-colonel A., the commander of the DCO, is busy. He gets back to us on his own initiative! He says that shots yesterday were carried out around the checkpoint and almost killed a 3-year-old child in Shaked. He claims he sent a representative from the DCO to direct workers and students to the Barta’a Checkpoint. We start to understand the meaning of the massive army traffic at Ya’abed Checkpoint earlier in the morning.