Reihan, Shaked, Wed 16.11.11, Morning
Translation – Yael S.
07:40 Shaked-Tura checkpoint
Rain and wind, no pedestrians, only cars crossing over from one side to the other. Inspection is quick, the soldiers, too, stand in the rain .
When drivers walk over to the inspection cabin they have to pull open the heavy iron door. It's unpleasant to do that in the rain. A small roof over the entrance would help.
08:50 Reihan-Barta'a checkpoint
Business owners from East Barta'a park their vehicles at the Palestinian car park and walk to the terminal. A cab driver from East Barta'a crosses over at the vehicles checkpoint and waits for several women who were supposed to go with him to the West Bank. The driver had made all arrangements at the DCO and despite that the women are obligated to spend half an hour inside the terminal. During that time he called the DCO several times, and it appears that his pre-arrangements hasn't made it all the way to the checkpoint. I have no knowledge as to the status of those women and the reason for such complicated passage.
10:00 All the women had gone through and I too left the checkpoint.