We were late this morning and saw only a few people and a small number of cars crossing fast from one side to another, without delays, but later in the day we had found out the cause for the small number, and it had nothihg to do with us being late.
The area around us is tranquil, the weather is great, the tobacco fields are in full blossom.
0810 – 0845 Barta'a-Rihan
The car park is packed, the coffee peddler is missing (Ramadan), and relative to other days much fewer people go through the sleeve and the fenced lane leading to the terminal . Only one window is open and seems that all go through swiftly. This is true for vehicles as well and the inspectors sit outside, resting.
We asked them what is happening today and they tell us that the Barta'a market is closed due to the Ramadan.
It was obvious that there were significantly fewer people today in comparison to other Saturdays.
On the way to our post we drove through Tura and in the end we returned home by the same route, through Wadi Arra. The road is open and quiet.
Only later that evening I heard on the news that there were riots and that fires broke out there, the protest of Arab residents of the area to the Israeli military reaction to the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens.