'Anin, Mevo Dotan (Imriha), Reihan, Shaked, Thu 25.3.10, Afternoon

Ruti H., Tzafrira (new), Neta G. (reporting)

Translation: Bracha B.A.

The Routine of the occupation.  Everything is supposedly all right.

15:00 – A'anin Checkpoint
A few people and four tractors pass through the checkpoint.  One man has a scythe.  The soldier asks him to give him the scythe before he goes to the female soldier to be checked. The man also hands the soldier a knife that he had in his pocket.  After his documents are checked the man receives his things back again.
The officer, a pleasant young man, goes through the gate and looks at the litter surrounding it and wonders who is responsible for cleaning it up.

15:20 – Everyone has gone through. The officer thinks that they can close the checkpoint, but the military policewoman and we explain to him that it has to remain open until 15:30.

15:30 – Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
There is little traffic at this hour. A resident of Hirbet Radiya in the seamline zone is waiting for his two daughters who are coming back from shopping in Jenin. The daughters phoned him and said that they had done a lot of shopping and he wants to help them.  The father has just returned from Ramallah.  He says there are checkpoints only at Huwara and Zatra and even there they are not checking anyone.

16:00 – We passed Reihan-Barta'a Checkpoint. The Palestinian parking lot as well as the impromptu parking lot are both full and there is nowhere to park.

16:10 – Dotan Checkpoint
Care are moving in both directions.  Drivers are accustomed to the routine and no one drives into the checkpoint until the previous car has left.

16:30 – Reihan-Barta'a Checkpoint
The playground at the checkpoint is being used by children from the seam line zone: a boy and girl are swinging on the play equipment next to the parking lot.

We went down the sleeveinfo-icon to the opening of the terminal and to our surprise there were not a lot of people waiting.  A few people came through from the West Bank to the Seamline Zone.
One of the workers told us that the situation at Jalameh in the morning was not good and we promised to go there to see.

At 17:00 we left and hoped that the passage would continue to be orderly and quick.