Reihan, Shaked, Sat 17.4.10, Morning
Shaked-Tura CP 0730 - 0810
There is lively traffic at the CP, something unusual on Saturday (but similar to Saturday last week). For the most part people want to go through from the West Bank to the seamline zone. About 30 people are waiting at the turnstiles. More people keep coming. When we left there were 10 waiting at the turnstile and among those coming and going was a herd of goats and a donkey, a tiny Autobianchi with the symbol of Volkswagen --- all the typical and well-known activity. Today, for the first time, we saw a woman with a baby carriage, apparently on her way to the isolated house. We called the DCO in order to complain and to find out about the delay. A woman sergeant and an officer approached us and explained very courteously that they only have one piece of equipment for inspection and too few soldiers. They work a 12 hour shift; they must inspect each and every one, and that takes time. When we asked about sheds where those waiting could sit down, they answered (already reported here) that improvements are planned shortly. We wondered about the barking dogs that we heard and it turned out that it was an unknown dog who runs around the CP and bothers everybody.
Reihan-Barta'a CP 0820-0855
Here there is a great deal of traffic as usual, but it is flowing and there are no delays. There are no people waiting. A car and its passengers on the way to the West Bank are inspected near the vehicle CP, by one woman worker who by herself carries out the whole procedure of checking the documents, the underside of the vehicle, and its top and all sides with the help of a mirror and a flashlight. Finally she approves the passage --- all in five minutes. In the sleeve, those coming out tell about a quick passage of a few minutes. Two windows are open in the terminal; and after that only one, as the number of those going through is reduced.