7.30 – 6.00
Barta’a Checkpoint – 06:00 – The upper parking lot was filled with cars and workers walking leisurely up the sleeve smoking cigarettes, buying coffee, and greeting us. They reported that everything was OK – they were used to the routine of the occupation.
Another worker emerged extremely angry after being delayed by a military vehicle entering the checkpoint, and claimed “We’re being put in a cage like animals.”
The checkpoint is being expanded. The temporary container was taken down and replaced by a large permanent covered area at the edge of the upper parking lot.
06:40 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint – The checkpoint was still closed, but should have opened at 06:30. The only thing that greeted us was the overflowing army garbage. The soldiers arrived a few minutes later and the turnstile opened. The first worker crossed to the seamline zone at 06:53. Five cars crossed quickly to the West Bank, and 12 cars and 56 people crossed to the seamline zone by 07:70.
At 07:10 the school children began to arrive. The younger children crossed quickly without being checked. The high school students crossing to schools in Jenin crossed through the inspection booth.