'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 16.7.09, Morning
The soldiers are in their posts and the gates are open. First to go through is a man on his donkey. After him, about 20 people go through, as well as four tractors and another donkey. A white vehicle arrives at the CP with two soldiers, a man and a woman, apparently representatives of the DCO.
A tractorist tells us that in the winter, during the plowing season, he did not receive a permit. Now he is weeding his plot manually. His 80 year old father, who has heart disease, as owner of the plot, actually did receive a permit for two years.
Another man showed us his diseased feet. His wife, who is healthy, did not receive a permit.
6:40 - They close the CP gates.
Four soldiers are marching on the road leading to the CP. A Hummer arrives from the security road.
06:55 - People waiting on the other side of the fence, the side of the West Bank, are beginning to enter. People crowd near the turnstile and enter the inspection pavilion in groups. The pace is quick. Cars go through in both directions. Inspection of the cars is also quick.
07:20 - About 50 people have gone through. There are no more people waiting in front of the turnstile. A few people go through from the seamline zone to the West Bank.
A boy of about ten drives a tractor with a cart skillfully. The soldiers ask him to halt. After a few moments the boy gets down from the high seat of the tractor and goes through to the seamline zone on foot. After that, his grandfather arrives and he is allowed to go through with the tractor. The grandfather is proud of his grandson's talents.
Those waiting for rides in the upper parking lot, in the seamline zone, say that the passage through the terminal is "all right". There is very little traffic.
Two cars on their way to the West Bank are inspected. Their passengers wait beside them. There are no cars on the way to the seamline zone and there are no pickup trucks with goods in the Palestinian parking lot. Only a few pedestrians arrive and are immediately swallowed up in the terminal.
8:05 - We left the CP.