Tura Checkpoint: The flowers return every year

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Tami Rituv (Photos) and Adina (Guest), Neta Golan (Reporting) Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

14:30 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

We were surprised to see a bit of traffic at the checkpoint.  A car left the checkpoint and drove on to the seamline zone.  To our surprise  an older woman and two children were in the car together with the driver.  Usually passengers have to get out and cross the checkpoint on foot.  A young woman was not allowed to ride with them and joined her family after she walked through the inspection booth and the pedestrian sleeveinfo-icon

West of the checkpoint next to the settlement of Shaked there was construction work taking place.   We didn’t know what it was for.  Dandelions were beginning to spring up along the fence – so different from the checkpoints and fences.


We drove past Barta’a Checkpoint.  Five trucks were waiting to be checked in the parking lot near the vehicle checkpoint.   We stopped at our friend F.’s store in Emricha to buy ice cream.  F. was busy decorating her shop with strings of lights.


Yaabed – Dotan Checkpoint

Traffic was moving in both directions without delay.  There was a sign of one of the military units hanging next to the Israeli flag on the watchtower, perhaps the checkpoint brigade like us.  A civilian driver from Mevo Dotan warned us not to cross into Area A on the other side of the red sign.


The former Hermesh Checkpoint   - The gate on the road has been open here and the watchtower has not been manned for years.


15:30 – Barta’a – Reihan Checkpoint

There was almost no possibility of parking in the parking lot on the Palestinian side, so we drove up to the seamline zone side and parked there.  Many young men were returning from work at this hour, but we also met three of the women who work as seamstresses in Barta’a.  We walked back up the sleeve to the parking lot.  Many workers were arriving who were on their way home and some greeted us. 

16:00 – The trucks that we had seen waiting at the inspection facility were leaving, and we returned home.