Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Sun 18.8.13, Morning

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Ruti T.

Translation: Yael Bassis-Student

6:50 – 8:10


06:50 Tura-Shaked checkpoint   

Until the arrival of the soldiers I wonder around the checkpoint, which has  recently opened . Inside one of the facilities there is a notice, a printed page, posted by the highly motivated soldiers, praising their company.

At 07:07 the administrative (as written on its tarp cover) Hummer with armed  female soldiers, with blue hats (Military Police). The pedestrian gate opens fifteen minutes later than usual. Four minutes later the first worker gets out into the Seam Line zone.

The first vehicle gets out at 7:21.

Despite the late opening, workers report that :"Today its ok. Better".


7:35 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint 

A huge double-wagon garbage truck just drove by and the odor is awful. Other than that all is run like clockwork and whoever arrives from the direction of the West Bank appears content.

At the Palestinian car park I pick up  N., a cancer patient, who goes for treatments at the Rambam hospital, escorted by her sister. This morning for some reason, they claim that there is no pre-coordination for her passage through the vehicles' checkpoint and they are denied passage. Our anger only makes matters worse by the manager on site, Erez. The sisters are sent back to the terminal to the lengthy and exhausting pedestrian rout for N. We pick up another patient whose stories about his rare illness and the ill-treatments he has endured occupy our entire ride.