Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Leah Reichman Translation: Yael Bassis-Student



05:25 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint

A few men at the shed kneel in their morning prayer. Many have already gone through the checkpoint.

One complains:  It's hot in the "room" (the inspection chamber inside the terminal), there is no air.

Some say of today's process is ok. Others are angry. I'm approached by a man who shakes my hand and "greets me, "May there be peace, enough of wars.

Our friend B. says that recently "They are giving me hard time", but today is good.

A young man does not understand why he is denied entrance into Israel. He has done nothing illegal


6:45  I leave.


6:55 Tura-Shaked checkpoint

 Soldiers are already on site and school children go through immediately. There are many people on the other side of the fence, the Tura side. They too cross  in a short while. An elderly man leads a donkey to the waiting shed. He gets on a bench and climbs on the donkey.

A young fellow, a student, works in Israel and earns a little extra. Another man tells me that he have five children and he needs a lot of money. He is happy to report that he is employed at Um-el-Fachem and ears a decent  salary.

The shed is a filthy as usual.


8:00 We leave.