16:30 to 15:50
On the new road there is another element that confirms the annexation De Facto of the Seam Zone: a large colorful sign: "Welcome to Samaria".
Turah-Shaked Checkpoint - 15.50 The shed is full of people and children with packages. They are inhabitants of Turah and Javed who are traveling in an organized tour to the evening prayers at Al Aqsa mosque. Before the prayer, they will break the fast with the food they carry with them. Buses that were rented in Umm al-Fahm will pick them up. During Ramadan the checkpoint is open until 23:00, so they will be back by then. Most of the passengers are women, men prefer to remain at work. They received entry permits for the whole month of Ramadan.
Barta'a-Reihan Checkpoint - 16:05 – Judging by the large number of vehicles traveling in the opposite direction from the checkpoint, it seems that the workers return home early during the fasting period. None of the usual traffic in the upper parking lot, there are fewer workers who are returning from work to the West Bank, most of them are young. Here, too, there are many women and children, all festive and merry while waiting for a ride to Barta'a, where buses also leave for Al-Aqsa Mosque. Private cars passing to the seam zone are checked in two windows (for cars and cargo). The terminal is not prepared for so many people entering into the seam zone, only one window is open, and the passage takes about 30 minutes.
We meet two women who are waiting anxiously for an older woman who is detained because she has an old Palestinian orange identity card. We turned to R. at the checkpoint and he handled her passage to the women’s relief.