Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Rachel W. and Hannah H. Marcia L., Translation
Mar-30-2021
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Afternoon

15:45 - East Barta’a Junction

On the road that leads from Harish to Barta’a Checkpoint, next to the most popular breach in the fence (under the Palestinian village of Daher al Abed), a group of workers on the way back to the West Bank stands with two soldiers from the Border Police. The soldiers write the workers a warning report, after which they release them through the breach in the separation fence! What will they do with the report? The soldiers couldn’t explain this to us.

16:00 – Tura Checkpoint

Workers that have crossed at the Seamline Zone, at Umm Reihan and at Barta’a, and seamstresses who work in Shahak, return to the West Bank. Men, women, and children return from Jenin with shopping. Cars with passengers quickly cross in both directions; the passengers cross on foot through the inspection hall.

Barta’a Checkpoint

Hundreds of workers arrive from work in Israel and the Seamline Zone and go down to the terminal via the long sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed passage to the terminal). A large number of those who work in Israel have already received the first dose of the vaccine at the Jamala Checkpoint and at Shaar Efrayim.

Several women and children, Barta’a residents, also cross to the West Bank.  We saw, in the area of the checkpoint (and not for the first time), women who arrived from the West Bank in a taxi, pass through the vehicle inspection, and go out to the Seamline Zone. Is it for convenience, or because they lacked the appropriate computerized certificate to pass through the terminal?

15:45 - East Barta’a Junction

On the road that leads from Harish to Barta’a Checkpoint, next to the most popular breach in the fence (under the Palestinian village of Daher al Abed), a group of workers on the way back to the West Bank stands with two soldiers from the Border Police. The soldiers write the workers a warning report, after which they release them through the breach in the separation fence! What will they do with the report? The soldiers couldn’t explain this to us.

16:00 – Tura Checkpoint

Workers that have crossed at the Seamline Zone, at Umm Reihan and at Barta’a, and seamstresses who work in Shahak, return to the West Bank. Men, women, and children return from Jenin with shopping. Cars with passengers quickly cross in both directions; the passengers cross on foot through the inspection hall.

Barta’a Checkpoint

Hundreds of workers arrive from work in Israel and the Seamline Zone and go down to the terminal via the long sleeve (the enclosed passage to the terminal). A large number of those who work in Israel have already received the first dose of the vaccine at the Jamala Checkpoint and at Shaar Efrayim.

Several women and children, Barta’a residents, also cross to the West Bank.  We saw, in the area of the checkpoint (and not for the first time), women who arrived from the West Bank in a taxi, pass through the vehicle inspection, and go out to the Seamline Zone. Is it for convenience, or because they lacked the appropriate computerized certificate to pass through the terminal?