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

Elija Levey, Ruthi Touval (reporting), Noga (visitor, volunteer in organization The Road to Recovery). Chana Stein translating.

For the sake of our visitor we went up to the abandoned pillbox to see the view; we bought some things at the small grocery in Emeicha; we looked at the cultivated fields and the wildflowers on the road to Mevo Dotan.

15.45. Yabed-Dotan checkpoint.

Another large yellow poster, in addition to the red one, cautions Israelis against crossing into Area A. Soldiers arriving in a jeep warn us not to cross the checkpoint.  The sharp zig-zag around the concrete blocks and the waiting for cars coming in the opposite direction to pass slightly slows down traffic. Apart from this, there are no additional delays. Two army jeeps are parked beyond the checkpoint, but the soldiers do not delay traffic.

16.30. Barta’a-Reihan checkpoint

The new metal structure that will expand the passage to the terminal is approaching completion. This is a container with narrow, crowded passages, leading to four turnstiles. People say that this structure will be scorching hot in the summer. Perhaps they will install large fans?

Elija takes down details of people who have been refused entry to Israel for work. Passage from the terminal to the West Bank is through a single turnstile, and the line is very long and crowded. Exiting the terminal, Elija is instructed to delete a number of pictures taken on her smartphone.

18.10. Turah-Shaked checkpoint

It is quiet and dirty as usual. A few cars pass in either direction.