Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Tami R. and Hannah H. (reporting). Marcia L., translation
Aug-20-2020
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Afternoon

15:30 – Tura Checkpoint

The checkpoint is empty, and the soldiers sit in the shed, bored. We saw only one car coming from the Seamline Zone, which bypassed the checkpoint in the direction of the solitary house. Two workers returned home to the West Bank.  We looked in the direction of the Shaked settlement, which is developing at a rapid pace toward the village of Daher al Malec.

15:50 – Barta’a Checkpoint

Thousands of workers who have left in the morning via the breaches in the separation fence, to work in construction in Israel, return now to the checkpoint in a convoy of the vehicles of their contractors.  They go down the sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed passage to and from the terminal). The kiosk is open in the afternoon especially for them, and they load themselves up with fresh rugalach for Shabbat.  The opening in the terminal that faces the Seamline Zone is closed. How do the residents of Barta’a, who have left to purchase things and to do errands in Jenin, return home?  Perhaps God or the breaches in the fence are the solutions!  We were not able to find out if the closureinfo-icon is temporary or permanent.

A young man with 8 police records is looking for an attorney.  We gave him Sylvia’s information sheet with the hope that it will help.