Reihan, Shaked, Sat 21.7.12, Morning

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Rachela H., Noa L. (Reporting)
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Translation: Bracha B.A.


07:30-08:10 – Shaked Tura Checkpoint

The immaculate checkpoint is almost empty. Because of the Ramadan only a few people are passing quickly in both directions. We have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the traffic sign with a picture of an adult and child pointing to the pedestrian lane, and the watchtower. The latest addition is the "eruv"  or Sabbath fence" – a string  three meters above the entrance to the checkpoint marking the area designated for the Sabbath, as described in HaAretz.


08:20-09:10 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint

Here, too, there is less traffic than usual.  At the entrance to the sleeveinfo-icon some taxi drivers tell us about Victor, one of the checkpoint managers, who got angry when one of the taxi drivers didn't park where he wanted him to.  He simply took the driver's keys and told him to go home and come back in a few hours to get his keys back.  The taxi is still standing in the same spot.  People told us that Victor does this once in a while; this is not the first time.


We are told that there are a lot of people in the terminal but that it only takes  ten to fifteen minutes to get through.  There are three detaineesinfo-icon sitting on the bench inside and they were released while we were still there.