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

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Yocheved Gonen and Rachel Weizman (reporting)


15:20 Tura – Shaked checkpoint

Traffic is relatively heavy for this time of day, on both sides. Most of those crossing are driving cars but there was one with a donkey and a wagon.

We were approached by a young man who told us that he has been denied entry into Israel by the Shabak and so has his family. They had hired an Israeli lawyer who helped them in that matter. He was successful with the rights of the family but not with this young guy and one of his brothers, who are still denied entry. We gave him the telephone number of the hotline for the protection of  human rights.

We were also approached by an older person who claimed that the checkpoint was built on his property. He said that he was asked to sign some sort of paper in that regard but he had refused. He too was referred by us to the center of the protection of human rights, perhaps there he might be helped.

And lastly, the person who cleans the site told us that his son was detained by the police. We gave him Chaya's telephone number.

The cleaning of the checkpoint is done by a Palestinian contractor.


16:10  Ya'abed-Mevoh Dotan checkpoint

Heavy traffic on both sides. A soldier at the checkpoint has asked us to move aside so as not to disturb traffic.

Inspection is fast and there are no lines.


16:30 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint

We returned to Barta'a. The car parks on the Palestinian side are filled with private cars and, as usual, more cars are parked on the side of the road. We asked the checkpoint worker to speak with the person in charge to allow entry through the exit gate, but were told that it was not possible.