Reihan, Shaked, Wed 13.10.10, Morning
Little traffic on both directions.
The charcoal shed in the village of Daher-el-Malc had disappeared, a villager told us that the shed was destroyed and that the army had banned him from burning wood for coal. The family livelihood is gone.
09:00 - 12:00 The checkpoint is closed for a break.
09:10 Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint
Two vegetables trucks wait for inspection. Drivers sit and talk at the Palestinian car park area. Traffic is slower than usual, perhaps due to the many people busy picking olives.
We met a resident of East Barta'a at the SeamLine zone, whose wife is from Daher-el-Abed, on the other side of the fence. He said that they've been married for 19 years, they had children and their home is at East Barta'a. Four months ago, while visiting his wife's parents at Daher-el-Abed, his wife's "Tasreech" - her permit as a permanent resident of the SeamLine zone- fell into the washing-machine and was lost. The wife with no permit, couldn't go back home and had to stay with her parents. Ever since then, the husband tries to obtain a new permit for the wife at the Salem DCO. For four months he is denied and is being sent back and forth. With in that time the husband had to bring his children to the wife because he had to go to work and couldn't care for them.
At this time it is unclear as to when the family would reunite.
10:20- We left the checkpoint