'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 8.12.08, Morning
Translated by L.W
The first day of Eid al Adha – Festival of the Sacrifice
06:00 - 06:15 Aanin Checkpoint (agricultural)
The olive harvest ended a week ago. The checkpoint opened late, but no one was waiting. The checkpoint was empty on both sides, with no traffic. In place of that, we hear the muezzin calling to prayers. A festive quiet today – a quietness that is unfamiliar to us...
06:30 Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
06:45 Reihan-Bartaa Checkpoint
07:00 – most of the time two windows are operating in the terminal: people returning to the West Bank from work in the seam enclave and in Israel. At least two hundred people during this hour. People with packages stuck in the turnstile. The festive atmosphere fades from the tired faces, and in the voiced complaints of distress and frustration. The transit itself is running quite efficiently. People cross the terminal in minutes, and wave a greeting from the other side. Even people delayed for a repeated check do not wait more than a few minutes. We observe a willingness to preserve an air of correctness on the side of the security company workers and the soldiers.
08:15 – we left.