Virginia Syvan, Ina Friedman (reporting)

We arrived at 6:15, greeted and spoke with the bagel seller, stood at the entrance to the checkpoint for an hour (until the flow of newcomers subsided), various people wished us a good morning, no one asked for help, and the passage through was swift and without incident. In our view it is not necessary to have a shift at Qalandiya more than twice a month, unless we receive word through the usual channels that problems have developed there. 

After passing through we had a brief chat with the policeman on duty, who explained to us that the biometric check includes facial-recognition technology, not iris-recognition as we had been told (and reported) earlier. Since facial-recognition software has recently become a controversial issue in the West, we found this distinction significant.