Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan

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Ruti T. and Roni S. (reporting). Marcia L., Translation


This report seems to be describing calm situations at the checkpoints, but then it doesn’t report on all the people who have been prevented from passing through, whose land has been stolen from them and who must pass through the checkpoint in order to arrive at school or their places of work.

06:00 –Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

Many workers have already passed through the checkpoint and are waiting for transportation, and many cars are waiting for workers. We go down to the entrance of the terminal on the Palestinian side. The Palestinian attendant shows us where to park so that we won’t get a ticket from the police.

There is order; there is no line and workers who arrive enter immediately, despite the fact that only one turnstile works and the parking lot is crowded because of construction. When someone arrives, going in the opposite direction, towards the West Bank, they make space for him and he doesn’t have to wait.

06:15 – A short line forms but quickly disappears.

06:30 –Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

The soldiers are already in place but no people are passing through yet.  At 06:30 the first person passes, reporting that there is no pressure on the other side.

A thin line of pedestrians and cars passes from the Palestinian side, inside the Seamline Zone.They greet us and hurry on to work. 

We were told that some people are waiting to renew their permits and therefore fewer people pass through the checkpoint today.

07:15 – The students begin to arrive. Cars enter and leave but there is no pressure, neither on the Palestinian side nor on the side of the Seamline Zone.

08:00 – Ya’bed-Dotan Checkpoint

It appears deserted. A soldier emerges from his post and reminds us that it is forbidden for us to proceed in the direction of Jenin.

08:30 – We return to Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint. It appears all the workers have passed through and traveled to their places of work.  Only one lone man marches down the sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed wire fence leading to and from the terminal).