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Tami R. and Hanna H, Marcia L., Translation

15:30 – 16:30

15:30 – Tura Checkpoint

A car with passengers waits at the entrance of the checkpoint on the Seamline Zone side, but two soldiers at the inspection stations sit apathetically, conversing calmly, and the checkpoint isn’t opened.  Only after five long minutes, the checkpoint picks up and the car passes quickly to the West Bank.  Also, a car from the West Bank, with a small child inside, enters the checkpoint and is delayed for no reason.  The mother, who crossed the checkpoint by foot, is already waiting long minutes on the Seamline Zone side.

15:40 – Now several cars have already passed through without delay, in two directions; one worker returns home from work in the Seamline Zone.

15:50 Barta`a checkpoint – In the upper parking lot, drivers are offering rides to Jenin, because on the road home to the West Bank is no inspection, and there is no need to pass through the terminal.

Hundreds of workers return from work in Israel and the Seamline Zone, to the West Bank.  A resident of Anin, who studied English in India, tells us that he has a permit to work in Israel and to cross several checkpoints, but he hasn’t achieved a permit to cross the agricultural checkpoint of Anin in order to reach the short road to his land.

Students from Shchem and Jenin return home to one of the villages in the West Bank, for a weekend break.

We meet with one of those responsible for the checkpoint, who is interested in our opinions on the way the checkpoint functions. We tell him that one of the complaints of those who pass through early in the morning, is that the conveyor belt that inspects bags, is very slow and there is crowding and delays.  He promises us to check this matter and says that “they work all the time to make the crossing efficient.”

According to him, the number that return via Barta’a in the afternoons, (until 19:30), is eight times the number that leave in the morning.

Young boys, students in the 10th grade at the school in Barta’a. return from a trip to the University in Schehem.  They pass through slowly, one-by-one, after an inspection of the backpacks and birth certificates.