16.15 – 15.15
Tura-Shaked Checkpoint - 15.15
We arrived at the checkpoint along with a heavy rain. One car with a driver and a girl passed the vehicle checkpoint, while the mother who passed the checkpoint by foot joined them. A woman born in Umm Reihan, who now lives in Romane (West Bank), came with her three children to visit the family in Umm Reihan (the seam zone) and the X-ray technician from Jenin are waiting in the shed. The heavy rain permeates the shed too - we take some of them in our vehicle to Umm Rihan. The workers are still not returning from the seam zone, probably waiting for the rain to stop.
Barta'a Checkpoint - 15.45
Because of the rain all the workers who work in building at Harish, are now returning and the sleeve going down to the terminal is full of people. On the other side, men, women and children are arriving from Jenin to Barta'a. A yellow cab full of passengers is detained at the vehicle checkpoint on the way to the West Bank, it turns out the passengers had many plastic bags that were downloaded and checked.
Overall, the routine dominates - the hundreds of workers (who have been granted work permits in Israel) who departed in the morning from distant checkpoints return home from here, in a short cut. Many greet us, stop by the kiosk and buy fresh Shabbat’s rugalach.