'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 16.5.11, Afternoon

Yocheved G., Chana H. (reporting)

Translator:  Charles K.

A’anin checkpoint – 15:00 

Only four tractors and seven people are waiting to cross.  The checkpoint opens exactly at 15:00.  One of the tractors is detained because the driver wanted to bring home a used TV set.  He hasn’t permission to do so.  The work in the groves at present involves clearing the weeds and brush to prevent fires in the summer.  The farmers complain that herds of cows from the village of Sahala enter their groves and cause damage, and in fact we saw such a heard around 17:00.

Shaked checkpoint – 15:30 

The checkpoint is very quiet; only five people crossed on foot from the seam zone to the West Bank.

Reihan checkpoint – 15:50 

On our way we saw more police cars and military vehicles than usual.  This checkpoint is also unusually quiet today.  One person coming through told us that people went to work today in Barta’a and in the Shahak industrial zone.  Fewer people than usual crossed to Jenin today.

16:15  Workers and seamstresses begin streaming back, enter the terminal immediately and exit quickly.  Two women and a child, returning from Jenin, tell us it is quiet there.  Yesterday there’d been a number of marches.  Eight people who were in Israel without permits were returned – they were also handled quickly.