Northern checkpoints: and the flowers go to the occupation
14:20 Tura-Shaked checkpoint
Low traffic and a lot of dirt, as usual at this checkpoint. A young man waits in the shed for a car to pick him up, a smiling woman walks to the Seam Zone and greets us warmly. The family car passes by and picks her up. To all the unnecessary facilities that this low-traffic checkpoint is equipped with, a sign was added from Linum Ltd., the Seam Zone maintenance (0001). To our shame, we did not check whether the maintenance company would repair the gap near the checkpoint. Hopefully not.
We pass the Barta'a checkpoint, four trucks waiting to be inspected at the lot in front of the vehicle checkpoint.
14:50 Ya'bed-Dotan checkpoint
On the way from the village of Amriha, at the foot of the pillbox near the checkpoint, we notice on the ground the burnt, black marks, evidence of the attempted ramming attack (according to the IDF) that was here on Tuesday evening. There are no soldiers at the checkpoint itself and the traffic is uninterrupted.
15:10 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint
The trucks are no longer in place. Due to parking difficulties we move to the side of the Seam Zone. Few workers return at this early hour, including several women. We go down with them in the sleeve (covered and fenced path for pedestrians) and enjoy the roses blooming beyond the fence, at the foot of the stairs leading up to the guard tower. At this checkpoint, care is taken to cultivate the surrounding, which is also part of the absurd theater of the occupation and its derivatives. On our way back to the parking lot we receive many blessings, the most touching coming from two beautiful young sisters. Seems like the rainy but not stormy weather, and the pleasant coolness, does good for everyone.
15:40 Road 611
We did not see any movement of people passing through the breaches in the separation fence, but the many cars parked at the foot of the village of Kaikis indicate that they passed there in the morning. Several shuttles are parked on the side of the road. A resident of East Barta'a approached us and told us about his daughter, a 16-year-old student, who was harassed by the GSS due to an Instagram post. According to the father, she has no telephone at all and it is not clear what this is about. When she returns from Jenin to the seam area, she is detained for about two hours at the Barta'a checkpoint. We gave him Sylvia's details, maybe the prevention team could help in such a case.