Tura Checkpoint – 06:55-07:30
The soldiers are coming up the road towards the gates of the checkpoint, which are wide open, as they have been recently. They take up their various positions at the checkpoint, which for some reason takes a long time today. The little girls going to school run into the sleeve that curves towards the inspection booth, but they turn right and pass through without being checked.
The first worker comes out after about 10 minutes and reports that there are about 20 people waiting outside. Despite the delay there is no pushing or objections. People pass through gradually. Cars begin to enter the West Bank side, but only after the drivers park their cars next to the gate, go to be checked, return to their cars and restart them, drive them through to the vehicle inspection and then go on to the West Bank. Everything progresses in a quiet routine that we are all accustomed to following. From the other side pedestrians arrive and wait for a car to take them on their way. The car is checked, comes out, the passengers climb in, and they continue on to the seamline zone.
Barta'a, 07:35 – 08:10
The lower parking lot is completely full. We stood at the back of a line of trucks waiting to be checked. We were 12th in line, and we saw one more truck, covered with a plastic sheet, standing at the edge of the parking lot, which is full and quiet. Everyone passes through the turnstile and continues on into the terminal building. We picked a man in a red shirt and asked him how long he thought it would take him to come out on the other side. He said it would take him five minutes. We went up to the seamline zone side. We saw him come up after 20 minutes. Here, too, everything is quiet. All of us are used to the routine.