Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan

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Ruthi T., Yochi A. (reporting)



12:00 Shaked – Tura Checkpoint

It is hot, dry, and quiet.  Clothing items that people were not allowed to take across are scattered in the shed and on the bench next to the checkpoint.  The entire area is filthy.  The garbage container is open.  An Israeli car drives up quickly and a woman gets out and enters the inspection booth.  Perhaps she is from the Liaison and Coordination Administration.  There is something authoritative in the way she permits herself to use the checkpoint.  A few cars go through.  

We left at 12:30.

We drove past Reihan–Barta'a on our way to Emricha to distribute clothing.


12:45 – Yaabed Dotan Checkpoint

There is a lot of traffic in both directions.  The soldiers are stopping cars and checking papers and talking with the passengers.  Usually they do not stop every vehicle here or check.  There is possibly a change in policy because of the overall situation. Here, too, the sides of the road are filthy.   An army jeep stops and they ask what we are doing.  The guy knows Ruthi but not me.  We introduce ourselves.  He suggests that we wear hats because of the hot sun.

Workers are coming home early because of Ramadan.  One of them explains that he has crossed at Jalameh at 05:30 and is coming back through Yaabed.  We left at 13:00.


13:10 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint

The parking lots are completely filled and there is a line of cars parked along the road. A double garbage truck is standing at the checkpoint, returning from the Occupied Territories.   The truck is being meticulously checked.  Evidently it is forbidden to bring garbage into Judea and Samaria.  There is a sign explicitly saying so.   It is, however, possible to disobey the rule and present a license. 

We descend the fenced-in sleeveinfo-icon to the terminal.  Workers are returning from work and the kiosk is closed.

We left at 13:35.