Tura: A change - the garbage container has moved to a new place

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Observers: Ruthi Tuval (picture), Marina Banai (reporting), Translation: Channa Stein


15.20. On a hot Ramadan day we travelled to Hermesh checkpoint. There were no soldiers at the checkpoint. All was quiet and cars passed the checkpoint.

15.30. Yabed-Dothan checkpoint

We got out of the car and two soldiers came down from the tower to greet us, and asked who we were. They advised us to look after ourselves because the cars drive ‘like crazy.’ They are new soldiers of infantry unit 7014. There we also saw one of the new armoured cars, produced in the U.S.A., that the Palestinian Authority received with Israel’s permission.

15.55. Barta’a-Reihan checkpoint

Here, too, it was quiet. People worn out by Ramadan fast dragged themselves in the heat, looking for shelter in shade. The opening to the sleeveinfo-icon was open and we went to see what was happening. A young man who spoke good Hebrew approached us, complaining that through the opening women were also passing and that the contact between men and women in the narrow sleeve disturbed him. He also complained that there are no proper steps at the entrance – just two blocks which easily trip one; that there is no shade cover for drivers who are waiting for workers returning from work; that the sidewalk at the entrance is slippery and dangerous. In short, many complaints for one day.

16.35. We wanted to leave, but were held for short questioning and  complete security search in a screening machine of bags of used clothing that were in the trunk of the car.

16.45. Tura-Shaked checkpoint

Very light traffic. One car from the West Bank to the seam zone in a quarter of an hour. Manu tobacco fields next to the checkpoint, and adults and children riding in them on electric bikes. The garbage container that until now has stood near the approach road to the checkpoint, always overflowing with army refuse, has been moved to the other side of the checkpoint, close to the system. Perhaps now the soldiers will be more responsible about the mess they create.