Reihan, Shaked, Sat 14.5.11, Morning

Leah R., Hana H. (reporting)

7:00 Shaked checkpoint

When we arrived on site there was a pouring rain. Four men who had crossed over waited under the shed indecisive as to whether to continue to work or not. Two other who were planning on going to villages near Jening to collect goats' milk for the cheese industry, decided to return home. We gave then a ride and they told us of their hardships living at the Sean Line zone and their difficulties in going to hospitals when the checkpoints are closed.

The time for opening the checkpoint is 07:00, because residents prefer the checkpoint to close for a morning break at 11:00 (rather than at 9:00) .

There are complaints that the checkpoint won't open at 6:00 a.m. without changing the time of the break.

7:30 - Reihan checkpoint

There is traffic of vehicles and pedestrians on both sides of the gate. Many women and children cross in the direction of Jenin.

No commotion is observed regarding the day of the "Nakba".

We were told that on Friday, between 14:00 and 15:00, when the Seamstresses come back from work there was a unusual crowed at the terminal and passage was very slow.