08:10 Barta'a checkpoint
Today Is a holiday and it feels like one. A few people go through the terminal; they appear relaxed and festive. Men need not thread their belts back through their pants following the X-ray machine. Some recall distant days when passage was "free", without inspection, no standing in lines, no terminals – prior to the separation wall. How "good" it was then…. And perhaps it'll be so in the future(?).
08:40 Tura checkpoint
The waiting shed (an old container with one of its walls removed) is deserted. The waste container is open and garbage is spread all over.
One person drives his car through on his way to a family visit.
A family goes through; Father, mother one son, and later two daughters with their husbands and children. They are friendly and appear happy about being together. They fill up a large cab and some of them, who didn't have room in the taxi, wait for a second round. And this is only part of the family. The father used to work in Israel and speaks Hebrew. Happy holiday.
9:20 We leave. The truth of the matter is that we have enjoyed watching happy people in a festive mood.