מחסומי הצפון ברטעה טורה: החיילים מגיעים בשעת פתיחת המחסום, המעבר עצמו מתעכב ברבע שעה

Observers: 
​ Rochele H., Noa L. (reporting). Chana Stein translating.
Sep-8-2018
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Morning

 

06:25 – 07:00. Tura-Shaked checkpoint

The soldiers arrive promptly at 06:30, quickly get organized and at 06:45 the first person emerges from the West Bank side. Passage is quick, without delays, both for pedestrians and for vehicles. Altogether there are few in both directions. Autumn has arrived, it is dark in the morning, there are clouds and some rain, fall flowers bloom, and the tobacco has been harvested.

07:10 – 07:45. Barta'a-Rehan checkpoint

Traffic is busy here. The parking lots are almost full. Groups of workers wait for transport;  taxis, many people come up in the sleeveinfo-icon. In the terminal 3 windows are open, and there's a queue, but it seems that passage is quick. One man says to us, "Today everything is okay and we pass in a jiffy." Indeed, the line had disappeared by the time we left. A new year is starting but the occupation routine continues as if by law of nature, and we have reached a point where our only hope is that things should not get worse.