Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

 Tami R., Hannah H. (Reporting) Marcia L. Translation

05:55 – 07:30

05:55 – Barta’a Checkpoint

The parking lot is filled with people and cars.  Opposite us, in the sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed passage used by Palestinians to enter and exit the checkpoint), hundreds of people go up.  “Today was the best day this year,” one of the workers tells us and even many people, more than usual, say “Good Morning” to us.  “A” and “B” tell us that since Friday, the conditions changed for the better; it is not clear what the problem was:  computers or new operators?  It is quiet in the terminal and six inspection windows are working.

06:50 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

The checkpoint opened only at 06:45; only a few people pass through and most of them complain that they don’t open the checkpoint on time and the computer doesn’t always work; something that causes delay in leaving.  Cars with passengers pass to the West Bank and solitary cars pass through to the Seamline Zone. The passage is fast.

07:15 – Several cars and very large groups of people arrive to the checkpoint and there is crowding next to the turnstile. They enter one by one to the inspection room and leave from it at a very slow rate.  Those who leave complain about the delay in the inspection room.

07:25 – The cars pass quickly to the Seamline Zone.  The students arrive and pass immediately to the school in Tura with no problems.  We left when there were still many people in line at the inspection booth.