07:25 - 08:00 Tura Shaked
When we arrived the checkpoint was empty, except of a few people waiting for transportation in the shed. Later more people arrived from both directions, as well as a few cars. All passed quickly without delay. We do not know the reason for the scarce traffic.
08:10 - 08:45 Barta'a Reihan
Here it is crowded as usual. Through the turnstiles we see a long line in front of the windows, two of them open, and a third was opened too until there were fewer people. The time for going through depends on arrival time. Some people tell us that it took half an hour, for others only 10 minutes. Passage seemed quick and without delays. One person who came out of the terminal told us that there was a problem with one of the computers on the checking lane inside the terminal, and this caused delays earlier.
In the parking lot we met Amjad and his disabled daughter Mary, waiting for the transportation which would take them to physiotherapy for Mary in Um El Fahem. Amjad is desperate, a very rare situation for him, since he cannot get a permit to work in Israel. He has a magnetic card, but in a moment of truth he finds out that this card is not connected to a permit to enter Israel, and it is definitely not helpful if you are in the black list of people barred from entering. He does not know why he is on that list, and despite the promises he got he has not yet succeeded to be removed from it. We have never heard him talk with such desperation. A permit to enter Israel means work, hope, life, and help to his disabled daughter. What could we do? we listened to him and shared with them halva which we bought from the coffee vender.