Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Zafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (reporting), Chana Stein translating.

14.45. Tura-Shaked checkpoint.

Two soldiers, apparently new, approach to ask us who we are.

As usual at this checkpoint in the afternoon, there is little traffic, either of pedestrians or vehicles. A small group marches towards the isolated house that belongs to Tura village but is separated from it by the fence.

The trash container is full to overflowing, as usual.

There does not seem to be any news about connection to electricity.  The work continues.

15.10. Barta’a-Rehan checkpoint, The seamline zone side.

Many people are already returning from work.  It is hot. They all look tired because of Ramadan. It is hard to do physical work without food or drink, particularly in the heat. Nevertheless, there are those who greet us and ask after our health.  We greet them with Ramadan greetings. The passage is quick.

A family in holiday clothing passes to the seam zone. Perhaps they have been invited to break the fast with the Iftar meal. Transports bring more and more workers returning from work to the West Bank. Several yellow taxis wait for the few people passing to the seam zone.

15.45.  We leave. The festively dressed family are waiting for their transport.