Barta'a-Reihan, Jalama, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Tsfrira Z., Neta G. (Reporting) Marcia L., Translation
08/06/2016
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Afternoon

Jalama Checkpoint, 14:45

We brought a resident of Jenin from Rambam Hospital (in Israel) to the checkpoint and stayed to observe a bit.  It is very hot.  People return from work weak.  They didn’t drink and they didn’t eat.  Ramadan fast.  At this hour, there are not many returning.  They are swallowed up immediately in the terminal and pass through.

The number of cars of Israeli Arab citizens at the vehicle checkpoint, also isn’t large.  There is no line.

Tura-Shaked Checkpoint, 15:40

Two soldiers approach us; they don’t recognize us.  They ask what we are doing, and ask us to be careful.  The checkpoint is empty; one car and two people pass through.  The garbage container is full to the brim. 

Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint, Side of the Seamline Zone, 16:00

It looks to us that fewer people than usual arrive at this hour.  The sight is a little different; there are no lunch boxes in the hands of the returning workers.  Ramadan.  We are surprised that despite the exhaustion, the thirst and the hunger, people are especially friendly.  They are surprised at the writing on our tags.  They greet us and ask how we are.  Perhaps this is the spirit of Ramadanas it should be. We wish them a good Ramadan. 

16:30 – We go up the sleeveinfo-icon to the parking lot.  The number of people who arrive at the checkpoint still looks smaller than usual.  Individuals pass through to the Seamline Zone.