16:10 - Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint
4 cars are under inspection. only a few workers. Merchants from Jenin had gone through the Jalama checkpoint in the morning, passage over there is convenient. Others went through Yirtach, it took them an hour and a half to cross over.
A resident of Aaneen, who holds a special permit :"allowed to sleep over in Israel", returns once a week to his village. Today he returns due to the closure imposed during the Israeli memorial day and for Independance day.
Passage of workers is free of delays and those coming out of the terminal back up this nothion reprting that it took them only a few minutes to cross over.
We are interseted in the young ones who have been waiting on the bench opposit the window. A representative of the company shows up , stating that they would remain here until their issue is clarified. He inquires on their behalf about the procedures of the closure: Effective tonight at midnight, until Wednesday at midnight (3 days and nights) a closure would be imposed on those working inside Israel. As for the rest - The Rihan checkpoint, because it is the only one that operates in the Seam Line zone, is open 365 days a year, including the Day of Atonement.
At 18:00 many workers still arrive at the gate despite the fact that only one window is open for service, there is no crowding by the turnstile.
The lower car park area is full of cars. Two cars get out of inspection and at 18:02 two more get in.
An acquaintance of ours, Mr.A,. wants to visit Tel Aviv. He'll call after the holiday to inquire if it at all possible. If anyone has any idea in this regard, we'd be happy to hear about it.
18:20 - Shaked-Tura checkpoint.
One car crosses from there to here. There are no pedestrians. A driver who brings back workers complains that in the morning there is congestion in front of the gate for those coming in from the West Bank, mostly workers. This is because priority is given to pupils and schoolteachers who pass through into the West Bank. In his opinion the gate should open at 6:30, to allow passage of workers prior to the arrival of the schoolchildren.