Reihan, Shaked, Wed 23.12.09, Morning

Vivien S-B., Nava R. (reporting)
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Shaked-Tura checkpoint
07:40 - 09:10
Three cars and about 15 people are waiting on the East side of the fence/checkpoint.
There is hardly anyone on the West side.
Someone had told us that earlier today there was a problem with the pupils, that were forced to wait for about half an hour.

Another person who had crossed over from east to west, told us that the female soldier inside the inspection booth, who was reading a newspaper, chewing gum and talking to her friend, told him to come back later because she had no time to inspect him. Three of his friends, who had already crossed into the Seamline zone, were forced to wait for him in the car that drove them all to work.

09:15 - 10:30 Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint

Eight vehicles with vegetables entered the inspection area and did not come out until the end of our shift.

A resident of Kapeen, whose land is at the Seamline zone, told us that he used to have a magnetic card and an agriculture permit. The permit was being issued once every three months. Lately the permit was taken from him and he was informed that he would no longer be eligible for such a permit because he was banned by the Shabak, Israeli general security services.