Reihan, Shaked, Wed 13.5.09, Morning
Translation: Devorah K.
08:00 Shaked-Tura CP
When we got to the CP, Y.'s Transit was there near the gate. It turned out that there had been an argument before that. Y. arrived at about 07:30 with pupils who wanted to go through to Ya'abed. A tracker's jeep arrived and the tracker told Y. that he was parked too close to the CP gate and that he had to remain in the shed. Y. answered that he could remain in the place he was parked and wait there to go through. The tracker claimed that Y. was preventing him from driving. Y. proposed to call the police and a policeman arrived from Shahak.
The policeman said that Y. is in order, but did not report this to the DCO or to the brigade. All of this took place before we got there.
We phoned the DCO, where they knew that Y. and his Transit were parked near the gate, but they had not received any report from the policeman and so they gave no instructions to allow Y. to go through from the seamline zone to the West Bank. In the meantime, Y. called for another taxi to come and drive the pupils to Ya'abed.Until 09:00, the policeman still had not notified the DCO. Y. called the police and only then did the policeman submit his report to the DCO. At 09:20 they allowed Y. to go through. Y. had wasted all this time to prove that he was right.At 09:45, Y. returned safely from the West Bank to the seamline zone.
10:00 Reihan-Barta'a CP
The drivers of the pickup trucks with vegetables are pleased with the new inspection arrangement. They say it is quicker. There is very little traffic of vehicles or pedestrians. The time for going through the terminal is 10 to 15 minutes. Many drivers are waiting for passengers who do not show up.One man waited in the Palestinian parking lot for money that somebody was supposed to transfer to him. When I requested it, the person responsible for the CP agreed to coordinate the transfer of the money.A man 28 years of age, the father of two children, who has a permit to work in Barta'a in the seamline zone, tells us that he asked for a permit to go to a wedding in Bak'a el Gharbiya in Israel. But he was refused because he is too young.An additional armored post for a guard has been built above the bus stop.
11:00 We leave the CP.
Two gigantic bulldozers enter the West Bank.