Today's shift was quiet and un eventful. Palestinian did not turn to us requesting assistance in something. Routine of occupation, our lives, theirs.
15:20 Tura-Shaked checkpoint
Getting to the checkpoint after slowing down due to the deep ditch on the road, one can notice the cleansing of the road and the large waist container. Quite a change from the hot days of summer. Fields are cultivated. There is hardly any traffic. Only a few vehicles move on both direction of the road.
A patrol soldier once again ask how we're doing. He is under the impression that we are in need of help. Once again we explain who we are and what our organization is involved in.
15:50 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint
People rush into the sleeve, in a hurry to get home. Many young people all of whom are men. The soft drinks vending machine recently installed is out of order. No one seems to care. We ask regarding conditions at the checkpoint in the mornings and about the volunteer usher. We are told that he arrives every morning and on his own initiative conducts passage. There is some crowding at the exit. Three windows are open but most of those returning to the West bank after a day's works at the Seam Line zone and inside Israel are not inspected and bypass the terminal from the side. This ease down crowding. Waiting time in line is 8 minutes.
A few men return from the direction of the West Bank, perhaps Jening with shopping bags. We didn't ask
The lower car park is full. It is difficult for cars to maneuver.
17:00 We leave.