The occupation is conducted in two channels: checkpoints and loopholes in the separation fence
East Barta’a Junction
We drove along Route 611 that runs between Harish city and Barta’a Checkpoint. We slowly passed the section that runs along the separation fence to see whether the holes in the fence are still open to those who are “building our country.” At 15:30 a few workers were already arriving whose employers were dropping them off as close as possible to the holes in the fence. An improvised parking lot has already been created on the other side of the fence on the slopes of the small village of kalkis. Meanwhile it is working and saves the ridicule of the “passages” as they are called in military language.
15:15 – Barta’a Checkpoint Seamline Zone Side
Many men and women were hurrying down the sleeve from their rides on their way home to the West bank from work in the hot afternoon heat. We walked down the sleeve with them as far as the first of the three turnstiles they would have to cross through. Someone told us about how the security guards harass them in the morning. Workers are crowded into the inspection room and are detained there for a long time. Sometimes it takes 40 minutes to cross, for no apparent reason. Another person called to us cynically: “Bring us permits to stay overnight in Israel.” From the sleeve we were able to see the shiny new gate at the exit from the inspection facility for large and small trucks that carry cargo. A friendly guard let us stand close by and watch the vehicles drive through the IL to PL lane on their way to Area C and the West Bank.
16:30 Tura – Shaked Checkpoint
There was light traffic at the checkpoint as vehicles drove from one side to the other. Workers were crossing to the West Bank on their way home from work. Other people were crossing to the seamline zone on their way back from studies or shopping in Jenin and the surrounding area. Two “industrious” young men (as Pierre called them, claiming that in Israel people don’t want to work) who were brought here by their employers attempted to cross to Tura on the other side of the fence. Evidently they had succeeded previously, but this time they were sent back to cross at Barta’a Checkpoint, which is far away. They did not wish to waste NIS 50 on a useless taxi ride back to the village that is right her on the other side of the fence. All of us understand what they intended to do. .