Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Sat 13.4.13, Morning
Translation: Dvora K.
The CP is crowded. People are going through in both directions and there are relatively many cars. The passage is quick. There are many families with little children. All of them dressed up, on their way to the West Bank. There seems to be some festival someplace in the area.
Two people talk to us: One tells us that here in Tura he can go through quickly without any problem, but at the Reihan CP they always put him into a lot of strange and peculiar difficulties. His car is often damaged in the course of inspection, and there is a feeling that they are making trouble for him personally. This is not connected to the Occupation especially. The second person tells us that he was once caught in Umm el-Fahm without a permit, and since then he is listed as 'forbidden on condition' and he cannot work in Israel in order to provide a livelihood for his family. Before he worked in Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet for 15 years and they were all very satisfied. Today he has a permit only to get to his own land. We wrote down the personal details of both of them and we will try to take care of these matters.
Here too the CP is very crowded. We understood that there are many people inside and they are coming out slowly. One man is looking for his sister who arrived with him and, according to him, has been inside for an hour and a half! Finally, she is now coming out. The queue of waiting vehicles is longer than usual -- we counted 8 cars waiting to enter the inspection area.
Here too there are families with little children all dressed up, on their way to the West Bank. We asked about this, and the answer was: "a trip to Jenin". During this time the traffic jam inside begins to disperse; more people are leaving, and it seems that the passage is now quicker (we could not get estimates of the time).
Another Saturday in the routine of the Occupation, how terrible that for so many people, on both sides, this is indeed the daily routine.