'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 26.7.12, Afternoon
Translation: Bracha B.A.
14:50 – A'anin Checkpoint
The soldiers are already in their positions. An ass and foal, three tractors, and a few people are waiting to cross. The soldiers open the checkpoint and everyone passes through within a few minutes.
15:20 – Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
There is practically no traffic. The sight of all the stoplights and signs is ironic.
Workers are walking through the fenced-in sleeve in small groups. A few are carrying cartons of family-sized Coca-Cola for the evening meal when they break their fast. Attractive women students are crossing to the seamline zone. Both inspection positions are manned and there is no line. One elderly detainee is waiting on the bench inside the terminal. Despite the heat and the fast most people are cheerful today and greet us. There is a holiday atmosphere.
16:45– We ascend the sleeve towards the parking lot. We try and ask why people insist on buying Coca Cola in Israel. One man says that this is what his wife wants and he always tries to do what she asks.