Reihan, Shaked, Wed 15.2.12, Morning

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Vivian S.B., Navah R., (Reporting), M. (Guest)

Translation: Bracha B.A.

08:30 – Shaked – Tura Checkpoint

The checkpoint was very quiet and only a few people were crossing, including three shepherds with herds of goats and a donkey. For the first time an officer, who is the checkpoint commander, came to talk to us at the end of his shift.  He was extremely polite and wanted to understand us.  We parted on friendly terms.  

09:40 – Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint

We were forced to wait next to the vehicle inspection post while the person responsible was called to see if we could verify who made a recording at the checkpoint (See report from 01.02.2012).  We explained that we were not recording.  They also wanted to know if our guest was an Israeli citizen. 

10:00– The Palestinian parking lot is already full. A few businessmen and workers arrived from Barta'a with the required permits.  They passed through the terminal.  They mentioned that the gate to Yaabed, where the students cross from Emricha, is still locked.   Ten trucks were waiting to be checked.   

We returned through East Barta'a, where we were told that trucks with agricultural produce only entered the vehicle inspection facility at 11:00, because there was a problem in the facility.   People in the market in East Barta'a said that an inspection facility manned by the Border Patrol was going to be put up at the point where the green line runs between East and West Barta'a.   The merchants are afraid that this will put an end to the market.