'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 20.8.09, Morning

Observers: 
Lea R., Anna N. S.
Aug-20-2009
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Morning
 

06:05 - 06:30 A'anin CP
About 20 people are waiting in the middle of the CP near the gate. There are no special preparations for the Ramadan. Seven soldiers and among them a person from the DCO are listing the people after inspecting the bags they have in their hands. The passage is quick and without any particular delays.

 
6:50 - 07:30 Reihan CP

We were told that those who go through regularly - the workers in the DCO industrial zone and the seamstresses have gone out to work. In the sleeveinfo-icon that goes up to the terminal we meet those waiting for rides to the seamline zone. In the lower parking lot, there are only a few private cars in comparison with other days. Apparently not many have gone through so far today. From 07:00 on, more workers arrive and are swallowed up in the terminal. They are completely indifferent to us; somebody throws out a quick 'Shalom' from time to time. We are part of the landscape of the occupation -- old women and nobody knows why they come. They only write all the time.
Two pickup trucks loaded with food are waiting. In the upper inspection area, three are being inspected. All together there is very little traffic at this time.

On our way back we are asked if we received anything from the Palestinians. We answer in the negative and he allows us to leave without being inspected.


07:40 Tura CP
About 20 people are waiting near the turnstiles at the entrance to the inspection pavilion. The waiting time gets longer, as it has during recent weeks. When J. comes out he tells us that he waited for 40 minutes before he was inspected. People claim that the inspection and the recording are very slow; there are delays and every time for a different reason. Since 07:00 this morning only about 40 people have gone through.

A refined and pleasant man of about 50 wants to speak to us, on the condition that we do not mention his name. He is angry, quietly, because he is never believed. When he goes to the DCO (to ask for a permit to go to his land), they (the soldiers) simply lie to him, and he tells them the truth but no one listens to him. They only believe 'them' and that hurts him very much - the powerlessness to cope with the authorities and his inability to get what he should. 'They can do anything to me and I can't do anything to anybody. They are strong and the power is in their hands. I need a permit to go to my grandfather's land in order to bring home some livelihood? I need to bring papers? And all the time they tell me to go and come back...'


In the meantime the tempo increases and more people emerge.
In the direction of the West Bank only two young women went through, apparently students.

08:00 We left.