15:15 Shaked-Tura checkpoint
The place is quiet. Two cars and a few pedestrians crossed. A shepherd arrives on a donkey with his goats. We ask how he is doing and he replies that there are problems, but didn't stop to elaborate and went on.
16:00 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint
Innovations: Due to renovations of the biometric instrument, people do not go through the terminal and the fenced passage, but rather through the vehicles' inspection area. There is such an instrument in that area for both entering and exiting . Over there the groups had split into those returning from Israel and those coming from the Seam Line zone. Some go through swiftly and others are required to present an I.D with a magnetic card and fingerprints. All streams along smoothly.
Here we witness that there is no need for the humiliating procedure during passage.
Once again we ask what can be done about the problems with the early- morning passage of the workers, how more windows can speed up the process and prevent the long lines, which they endure despite rising early to get to the checkpoint early enough. If they are late they might be penalized by their employer, who won't wait for them as they exit the terminal, and they might end up losing a days' work.