Reihan, Shaked, Tue 8.9.09, Afternoon

Observers: 
Neta G., Chasida S. (reporting)
Sep-8-2009
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Afternoon
15:00 -Salem checkpoint
The Salem checkpoint, by the village of Salem and part of the DCO defined area, as well as the military court, opens on days of the Ramadan for passage of Israelis into the West Bank. They go straight to Jenin. Passage is permitted for half an hour  in the morning and between 3 and 8 pm. At this time we've observed only a few Palestinians who were released from the Israeli prison and were brought to the checkpoint, in order to get to Jenin. They were standing and waiting, apparently for the inspection of their papers.

15:30 - Shaked checkpoint
The gate is open and the checkpoint appears deserted. Soldiers talk to one another while sitting on the "porch" , with nothing else to do.
When we left we saw one Palestinian car on its way towards the checkpoint.

15:45-17:00 Rihan checkpoint

At this time people begin their way home at the West bank after their days' work at the Seam Line zone.
The lower car park area is full of cars with barley any parking space. We found parking. Traffic of people coming out of the terminal into the West Bank  streams along although  still in a slim flow.
Drivers at the parking lot yell out their destinations. A group of people  was lining up under the shed for prating together.

We drove to the upper car park area and walked down  the sleeveinfo-icon to the upper entrance of the terminal.
As we were getting ready to leave, the traffic of returning people had grown a bit.

Only one window was open and there was no need for more.

Traffic streamed along, it was very hot and we returned to the air-conditioned vehicles of ours, on our way home.