Tura checkpoint: Why delay people who have to cross?

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Ruthi T. and Rachel W. (Reporting) Marcia L., Translation

15:15 – Barta’a-|Reihan Checkpoint


At this hour, there is already a long stream of workers returning home.  They pass through on the long lane on the Palestinian side, within a fenced-in path that is similar to the end of a cattle pen.


We see new bumpers on the car passage.  As usual, the parking lots are totally full.


15:40 – Ya’bed-Dotan Checkpoint


Everything is as usual at this checkpoint.  The soldiers in the pillbox observe the cars and us from above.  Many Palestinian drivers greet us from their cars that pass the checkpoint.


16:15 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint


Before we stop at the checkpoint, we traveled the new, wide lane to the lone house and returned to the checkpoint.  We noticed that the soldiers made the cars wait inside the checkpoint. We displayed our anger at the unnecessary delay and contempt toward people, inasmuch as the checkpoint was built on their land.  We were impressed that our involvement was beneficial and that the crossing began again.