Reihan, Shaked, Tue 15.3.11, Morning

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Leah R., Anna N.S

Translated by Yael S.

07:10 - Shaked checkpoint

Upon our arrival, elementry school pupils cross the checkpoint as the soldier checks their begs, this time more strictly than usual.

On the side of the West Bank there is a group of 15 people waiting in front of the carousel.

At this time passage in the direction of the West Bank, the rest have to wait.

Gradually more people gather and form a line of about 25. At this time soldiers begin letting people through in a slow manner;no hurry. People got accustomed to the disregard for their time..

A young fellow who has arrived from the West Bank pours his rage on us. His reply to our Good morning is: What morning and what's so good about it? People here are angry because of the checkpoint, get heart attacks, fight with their spouses, divorce, yell at their children, this is our life due to the checkpoints. And what are you doing here? What are you here for? You look at us as if we were poor animals and you write. You do not help at all.

He leaves.

08:00 The new Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint

 Workers arrive and walk through. Drivers appear in despair it seems as if their gathering at the parking lot is more for ventilation rather than for their livelyhood. At this time most of those crossing over are those who enter the Seam Line zone and who arrive at the checkpoint in their privat cars or by transportation. On the main highway there are six pickup trucks and two private car waiting. In the middle of the checkpoint there are four more vehicles awaiting inspection.

08:30- We left.