Barta'a checkpoint: There is money for unnecessary signs, for the roof - no

Observers: 
Tami R. (Photographs), Hannah H. (Reporting) Marcia L., Translation
Dec-17-2020
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Afternoon

15:45 – 16:45

 

15:45 – Tura Checkpoint

 

Three workers return from working in the Seamline Zone.  In the morning, they went to work via Barta’a Checkpoint; that is, they had to go a long and needless way in order not to be late for work.  Tura Checkpoint opens at 07:00 and sometimes even later.  Cars pass in two directions and the crossing is fast.  A student returns from university in Jenin to his home in the Seamline Zone and six workers pass to the West Bank.

 

We met a resident of Ya’bed who works three days a week cleaning the area of the checkpoint (only inside, between the fences, obviously).  He “plants” two large bags of garbage on the army’s pile of garbage, that has been next to the checkpoint for years, and tells us that three times a week a car comes and only picks up the bags.

 

A resident of Daher el Malec who works in packaging coal told us that since Corona, as with everyone, there is no work and the economic condition is terrible.

 

16:10 – Barta’a Checkpoint

 

Tens of workers return from working in Israel and in the Seamline Zone.  In honor of Hanukkah, a large, illuminated sign that directs the traffic to the Israeli path and to the Palestinian path was installed above the vehicle checkpoint (in the direction of the West Bank).  This is in addition to the sign that exists. I didn’t know that there was any misunderstanding about the directions.  Money, time, and workers were found to put up this superfluous sign, but resources still haven’t been found to finish the roof above the sleeveinfo-icon, in “honor” of the rain.

 

Everything is routine at the checkpoint.  A number of people return from Jenin to Barta’a, and those who return to the West Bank, flock to the kiosk to buy pastries for Shabbat.