Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim)
THE DAY BY DAY NORMALIZATION AND DEEPENING OF THE OCCUPATION:
the development at the Irtah-Terminal by the almost finished
construction of new additions.
4.40 we arrived a bit early as we wanted to see if indeed the
Terminal opens at 4.45 which it did.
The literary "glowing"-new entrance at the Palestinian side
seems to work well: this Friday at dawn we see no pushing or
climbing and no shouting is heard near the fence where we are
standing. The workers come almost one by one through the
first turnstiles and enter the Terminal more organised via the
magnometers - of which there are now two .
What happens, though, at the far end of the entrance we can
not see and we wonder how the situation is there, especially
on the crowded Sundays.
4.50 While we walk to the side where the laborers exit the
Terminal, we see that after 5 minutes the first workers
There seem to be less women this morning and almost all of them
greet us with a smile and "sabakh-a-chir" (good morning)
Those workers we talk to tell us the general situation has
Coming closer to have a look at the new waiting area we are
met by the stench of the only two toilets(for AT LEAST 4000
At the exit we see more booths are open than the usual 4 or 5
on Fridays : it seems 8 or 9. People come out in a steady
We leave at around 5.30.