'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 19.4.12, Morning
Only now did they open the CP. About 30 people and three tractors are beginning to go through. One person goes through on a bicycle.
The schoolchildren from the Bedouin family at the foot of the CP are climbing up with their donkey, waiting for a ride to Umm-e- Reihan.
A soldier comes out of the CP area on the side of the seamline zone with his rifle drawn because of a bag with a suspicious white jar in it. The puzzle was solved and somebody takes the bag.
06:55 Six people and one tractor are still waiting to go through. A hitchhiker whom we take to Umm-e-Reihan tells us about the 'illegal visitors' hunt that the border patrol and the police carry out in Umm-el-Fahm.
07:05 Shaked-Tura CP
The gate on the side of the seamline zone is open. Eight schoolchildren are waiting in the area of the CP. Two additional gates are still locked. More children, the banker in his luxury car and the teacher with the car that looks a wreck all arrive. On the other side of the fence agricultural laborers are waiting in the seamline zone. After about 10 minutes they begin to go through. They are moving earth in the area of the CP. We expect lots of novelties and surprises.
07:30 Reihan-Barta'a CP
We pass the CP to the village of Ameriha. About a dozen cars are parked on the southern side of the 'bridge' that is always barred.
We returned to the Palestinian parking lot, which is already almost full at this time. To our surprise, about 40 people are crowded in front of the gate at the entrance to the terminal. The gate opens and people enter in fives.
The art work in the CP is going on. In addition to the green trees that were painted on the fence, there are now thick, brown tree trunks on the side of the parking lot of those who work at the CP.
07:50 On the side of the seamline zone, we pick up a young couple that has to get to the Rambam Hospital. They live in the Balata camp, near Nablus. They got up early and have been waiting since 06:30 because they did not know how long it would take to go through the CP.