Reihan, Shaked, Sat 26.9.09, Morning

Sarit A., Rachel H. (reporting)

07:10 - Rihan checkpoint
There is a single driver at the upper car park area, polishing his van.
About 10 people had already come out and arrived at the van.

We arrived late for the "beginning of the flow", so we've missed the line at the entrance. From those coming out we've heard complaints regarding the crowding inside the chambers and out side of them.
Many women had crossed over at this morning hour.

07:45 The owner of the nursery arrives and invites us for coffee in Barta'a. He tells us that today he arrived late and that the chambers were already empty.

We can hear  (through the loud speakers) the lady behind the window joking with the security guards above her.

12 vans wait at the upper car park area. 2 private cars awaiting inspection.

08:15 - Shaked checkpoint

Today two flags of the military police and of the armored force are hoisted.
Traffic is quit sparse.
We're approached by an officer, an old acquaintance from our previous shift. This time he knows who we are and inquires whether we write positive things about the army and about the soldiers' behavior. As we talk the subject of the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza strip, "Cast Lead", comes up as well as other controversial issues, and he asks (innocently) if  MW is the group of women who has brought food to soldiers on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Only after we left we realized the meaning of his question, but he was gone and we could not say something more meaningful than a vague "no".

08:50 - We left.