A Friendly Reception at Reihan - Barta’a Checkpoint
15:40 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint
A driver crossed the checkpoint, complaining that he had waited for an hour to cross. A woman was waiting under the shed with her son and daughter. The father of the family crossed in his car and claimed he had waited for a half hour. Evidently they were exaggerating slightly, but crossing was slow today despite the fact that there were few people. There was still garbage on the ground, and we wonder what will be done about collecting the garbage at this checkpoint.
16:10 – We drove past Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint and continued east to Yaabed Dotan Checkpoint. The checkpoint was unmanned and only the concrete roadblocks slowed down traffic. On our way back to Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint we stopped at our friend’s grocery store in Emricha. As usual, she and three of her daughters received us warmly.
16:40 – Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint, Palestinian Side
A toy monkey on the windshield of one of the car was smiling at us at the entrance to the parking lot. For some reason we received an unusually friendly reception today. A large taxi filled with passengers stopped next to us at the entrance to the checkpoint. People who did not know us read our tags, opened the windows, and greeted us enthusiastically as they motioned at us. A lot of people were coming home from work at this time of day. When the turnstile leading from the terminal to the metal shed closed for a minute a line began to form along the entire length of the sidewalk. Traffic in the parking lot was dangerous. The Palestinian attendants were still on duty and one of them was keeping order near the side entrance to the shed.
There were not many cars at this time of the day. It was a very hot day and some people were sitting in the shade under the shed. There is a new restroom next to the shed with two doors, but it is locked and evidently not yet in use. The old shed with stalls for men and women is still in reasonable condition and there is a drinking fountain nearby.
17:20 – We left the checkpoint and joined a long line of cars driving from the seamline zone to Israel.