soldiers on shift:  “We’ll miss you!”

Observers: 
Tzafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (Reporting, Photos Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham
Jun-20-2018
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Afternoon
colorful rugs for protection against the sun.
colorful rugs for protection against the sun.
Photographer: 
Neta Golan
colorful rugs for protection against the sun.
colorful rugs for protection against the sun.
Photographer: 
Neta Golan

 “We’ll miss you!”

 14:50 – A’anin Checkpoint

Five tractors loaded with scraps are waiting to cross.  Soldiers from the military police arrived to open the checkpoint together with five young pedestrians.   One reported that in the morning one of the farmers was asked how much money he was carrying with him.  When he answered that he had NIS 600 he was not permitted to cross.  He himself had also been asked and answered that he had no money with him.  At 15:15 all the people had crossed and we left.  One of the soldiers shouted cynically: “Well miss you.”

15:25 – Tura Shaked Checkpoint

A woman was saiting under the shed and a few minutes later a car came and picked her up.   An elderly man and boy crossed to the seamline zone riding on a donkey and a shiny new yellow taxi also crossed.  Another car brought someone crossing tto the West Bank.   That was all.  The checkpoint was quiet and empty.  There was a lot of garbage surrounding the garbage container.

15:50 – Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint, Palestinian Side

The parking lot was full.  Two cars were wrapped in colorful rugs for protection against the sun.  One was a flowered carpet and the other was a small prayer rug.   (See Photo)   People were coming back from work and drivers were waiting for them.  The new shed was still closed and the concrete slabs surrounding it were being used as benches by the drivers.  Today no one asked for Sylvia’s team’s phone number, but people asked for shoes and clothing, but unfortunately we had not brought any.

On our way home the guard at the vehicle checkpoint asked us for our documents.  Once again the guard did not accept Tzafrira’s 30-year-old ID card and she presented him with a bus fare card instead.