Jalama, Reihan, Shaked, Tue 1.6.10, Afternoon

Observers: 
Leah R., Neta G., (Reporting)
01/06/2010
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Afternoon

Translation: Bracha B.A.

We nearly saw a prince on a white horse
 
14:20 Jalameh Checkpoint
The checkpoint seems completely quiet. 
Bored drivers in the parking lot say that today fewer workers came through today because of the strike being held by Israeli Arabsinfo-icon. 
Workers from the West Bank who work in Nazareth and Um El Fahem have not come and there is little traffic of Israeli Arabs.  A security guard tells us that there is usually little traffic in the middle of the week. 
Women agricultural workers are returning from work in Israel to the West Bank.

15:0 – Shaked – Tura Checkpoint
There is little traffic at this hour. 
A young man comes through the checkpoint from the West Bank leading a beautiful white horse.  The horse prances about impatiently and the young man is having difficulty controlling it.  He is not riding it.  A polite soldier tells him that he can only bring the horse through at Reihan checkpoint and only in the morning.  After a phone call and a delay of 35 minutes the horse is allowed through and the young man is allowed to bring it to his village of Um a-Reihan.

15:45 – Reihan-Barta'a Checkpoint
Unlike most afternoons the Palestinian parking lot is partially empty and there is room to park.  Not all the workers have gone through and the people who work in Barta'a are on strike as well as the sewing factories. 
Workers who work for Jewish employers went to work this morning and are now coming back. 
A resident of Nazlet Isa located between the Israeli baka and the Palestinian Baka is returning from Hadera.  He has a factory for making shutters and has a business permit that allows him to purchase supplies in Israel.  In the morning he can only cross into Israel through the Ephraim crossing at Tibeh, and in the afternoon he can only come back through Reihan-Barta'a Checkpoint – despite the fact that the Baka crossing is right next to where he lives.  Why is this?

At 16:45 five tenders filled with agricultural produce line up to be first to be checked tomorrow morning at 05:45. 

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