'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Tami Rituv, Marina (New Observer), Neta Golan (Reporting)) Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

Yesterday, Wednesday afternoon, a fatal road accident took place on the road between the Shahak Industrial Zone and the settlement of Shaked near Tura c.p.

05:45 – Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint, Palestinian Side

The Palestinian parking lot was not full yet and there was no line in front of the turnstile.  One of the Palestinian attendants asked for our help in eliminating his ban to enter Israel.  We gave him one of Sylvia's helpful notes.   It appeared that a permit to work in Israel is worth more than a job as an attendant for the Palestinian Authority.  One of the drivers explained that there were few people today because they are staying home to attend the funerals of the people killed in the traffic accident. 

At 05:55 the turnstile remained closed for several minutes when two vehicles passed by on the security road.  A long line immediately began to form.  When the turnstile opened again about 200 people passed through, but there was still a line.     

06:15 – Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side

People were waiting for their rides and drivers were waiting for passengers. The kiosk belonging to the settler from Hermesh is doing well and people want coffee with or without a piece of cake on their way to work.  There were five inspection stations open in the terminal.  We met people coming out of the terminal whom we had seen on the Palestinian side.


06:40 – A'anin Checkpoint




When we arrived the first person came out followed by about 70 men, one woman, and a toddler during the next 20 minutes.  People here were also talking about the accident, but there was no one killed from A'anin. One person complained about people driving carelessly, including his son.  He admitted that he also drove carelessly when he was young, but this is evidently irrelevant to what happened yesterday.

07:05 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

A person complained to us about the checkpoint opening late.  We were told that the accident involved a full trailer that hit a minibus that was driving workers from the Shahak Industrial Zone.  He knew two of the people who were killed and their deaths were unnecessary. מיותר

07:20 – There were few people crossing and the electricity was still off.  We left.