Reihan, Shaked, Sat 12.5.12, Morning
Translation: Bracha B.A.
Tura-Shaked Checkpoint, 07:20-07:40
About 20 people, as well as vehicles, are waiting on each side of the checkpoint, which is unusual for a Saturday morning. We are told that the reason there are so many people is that yesterday there was a wedding in the village. The checkpoint also opened a bit late.
People began crossing quickly and the entire line of people going towards the West Bank went through within ten minutes. People then began crossing in the opposite direction. Cars pass through relatively quickly despite the fact that the previous regulations are being enforced – drivers must first to the inspection facility and then return to their cars, wait to be called, and then drive up to be checked.
The renovation at the checkpoint continues: there is now a covered sleeve, for people, leading to the inspection facility, and four green poles have been set up in the center of the checkpoint – presumably in preparation for a covered shed, where vehicles can be checked. The soldiers' position has also been fenced in.
The tobacco plants in the nearby field are turning green. A herd of goats goes by. Soldiers approach us and order us to stop taking pictures. They demanded that we show them our camera so that they can see what we have already photographed. We refused. The argument continues and we decided to leave.
Reihan Barta'a Checkpoint, 07:50-08:20
The checkpoint is extremely crowded with vehicles and pedestrians, in both directions. People coming out of the terminal report that there are lots of people inside. Only one inspection window is open and it is being used by people going in and out. A long line is forming and the turnstile on the side of the seamline zone is locked occasionally, preventing people from passing through. Nevertheless we see that people coming from the seamline zone are crossing through relatively quickly.