Tura Shaked Checkpoint, 07:25-07:55
There are more people than usually cross on Saturdays this morning. Most are men going to the seamline zone. Fields are now being prepared to plant tobacco. Some of the fields have already been planted. Crossing for pedestrians and vehicles is going quickly in both directions without delay.
The checkpoint is busy and crowded as usual. Most of the people are crossing towards the seamline zone. People are constantly coming out of the terminal, but some people tell us that it is very crowded inside and some spent an hour crossing the checkpoint. Through the turnstile we could see a large crowd of people next to the windows. We selected one person entering from the West Bank, but we did not see him come out during the 45 minutes that we observed from the opening of the terminal. Perhaps he was detained or it took longer, or perhaps we missed him coming out. By 08:30 we could see that there were only a few people waiting to be checked and were passing quickly by the windows. As usual people were cheerful and polite. Only one woman complained. From what we understood with our limited understanding of Arabic, they spilled out the contents of her bag and harassed her.