'Anin, Jalama, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 7.9.09, Afternoon
Slow traffic on both directions, only 4 window are open and the rest of the terminal is closed. Outside an Israeli resident waits for guests from the West Bank and complains that they have been inside the terminal for more more than an hour.
The momentum of building and development at the checkpoint is tremendous.
At 14:30 3 buses of prisoners' families arrive on site, following their visit in prison.
14:50- Aaneen checkpoint
Gate is still closed but there are already about 20 people waiting and next to them 6 tractors.
We've gotten "used" to such procedures, but the need to explain it to our guests proved once again, in a sharp way the absurdity of the situation. Does one need to ask for a special passage permit from the DCO to cross over through the Rihan checkpoint? Does one need to obtain a permit for transferring commercial quantities for that?
15:40 - Shaked checkpoint
4 cars full of passengers and parcels returning from Jenin.
15:50 - Rihan checkpoint
Cars with workers returning from Israel arrive on site and people enter the terminal in groups of 3-6 and get out immediately. Only one window is operational but its most efficient and speedy and there is no line or crowding outside.