It was quiet and the air was cool. Few people walked across at the checkpoint and only one car drove into the West Bank.
We left at 15:15.
We crossed at the checkpoint. Cars were parking on both sides of the road and the parking lots were also full. We returned, parked our car and began walking down the sleeve. Many laborers were returning from work. The turnstile kept working without a break, but no lines were being formed and no incidents occurred at the check posts. On our way back, we were stopped by a very thin man who looked tired and desperate. It was P. from Anin, a plumber without a steady job whose son had been detained by the army on December 5 (we wrote a report last week). On Thursday, 10 days after he had been taken to an unknown place, we learned that he was imprisoned inTel Mond. A friend of P., a lawyer from Umm-al-Fachm, was supposed to see the son the day we met P. Later we were informed that the parents would meet their son at court in Salem on Thursday, 22.1.15.
On our way out of the sleeve a man, aged about 55, stopped us. He told us that his pace-maker had been working for 5 years instead of ten due to the checkings at Barta'a. He wants to turn to Physicians for Human Rights and the Civil Rights Organization and he asked for our help.
16:20 We left.
It is hard to be the witness of so much human pain and suffering.