'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 27.12.12, Afternoon
Translation: dvora K.
14:55 A'anin CP
About 20 men and two women go through from the seamline zone, returning to the village. Three young men are detained. We hear a military policewoman asking one of them (dressed in a red sweatshirt) where he's been in the morning. We do not hear his answer. A few more farmers arrive and go through. The person who cleans the CPs, a resident of Tura, collects papers and remains of garbage on the side of the seamline zone and between the fences. He ties the garbage bag and asks who is in charge of the CP, is careful to tell the soldiers not to forget the bag when they return to the base. He explains to us that he does both his work and theirs.
15:30 The military policewoman lets the person with the red sweatshirt go. He decides to go through to the seamline zone (in the afternoon the traffic is only in the direction of the village of A'anin) and two soldiers run after him and send him to A'anin.
15:50 There are still two detainees. I try to find out what the problem is. The policewoman answers curtly, "There is no problem. Mind your own business and I'll mind mine."
16:10 The two detainees are allowed to go on their way, to A'anin. We also leave.
16:20 Shaked-Tura CP
There is some traffic - vehicles and pedestrians - from the seamline zone to the West Bank. A few go through to the seamline zone.
16:40 Reihan-Barta'a CP, Seamline Zone side
Two little girls are on the see-saw near the parking lot. Nice. With the workers we go down into the sleeve that leads to the terminal. About 30 people crowd near the turnstile at the entrance on their way back to the West Bank settlements. Three young girls and a little boy are sitting on the detainee bench. After some time we understood why. They were waiting for their mother with her veil and gloves.
Two inspection windows are open and that is really not enough. There are at least 30 -40 people near the turnstile at the entrance to the terminal at almost any given minute. Every person who goes through in the opposite direction to that of the workers, among them a student, a family, etc, from the West Bank to the seamline zone, delays the workers on their way to the West Bank. The people are tired and angry. One of them tells us that 'there is no such thing as more hate than here." He also says "a state of sons of bitches'. Sometimes they let people in in fives, sometimes in tens, and sometimes as many as the area in front of the windows allows. The system is unclear. There is a queue all the time.
17:10 They opened another window for those who have passes to work in Israel. They also opened a second turnstile at the entrance for them. That immediately shortens the queue, but after a short time they go back to two windows, and the queue gets longer.
17:25 For a short time, they opened a third window for those with passes to work in Israel. The window is closed again and the queue gets longer.
18:00 At long last there is no queue. We climb up again in the sleeve. Some more workers are going down to the terminal We do not go back to see the condition of the queue. We want to go home by now.