ריחן, שקד, יום ד' 19.1.11, אחה"צ
Translated by Yael B.
07:35 - Shaked-Tura checkpoint
Six cars waiting to cross over from the Seam Line zone into the West Bank.
The computer system is down.
Pupils walk through without entering the inspection cabin. Teachers and other adults do enter.
Within 45 minutes people crossed in both directions.
Some complain that the checkpoint opens at 0700 instead of 0600, as during the olive picking season.
8:55 - Reihan Barta'a checkpoint
A medical aid vehicle drives through without waiting in line.
Three trucks loaded with vegetables wait for inspection.
The Palestinian car park area if full of the Barta'a merchants' vehicles.
More than ten drivers awaiting passengers. Yellow cabs arrive on site and local drivers who are not permissible are left without means of earning.
Throughout our one and a half hours' shift we observed only one 'checkpoint driver' who picked up passengers.