'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Thu 3.10.13, Afternoon
'It's no big deal, let them wait!"
14:50 A'anin CP
About 30 people, among them three women, are already waiting, as well as six tractors and a donkey. Three Border Police vehicles arrive, enter the area of the CP, and disappear.
15:00 This is opening time but the soldiers are not here. At the DCO they tell that the soldiers are confused because of the change in the clock. In the area of the Palestinian Authority they have already changed to 'winter' time, (an hour earlier than Israeli time) and they thought that they have to open the CP at 4 o'clock. One of the people waiting is laughing, 'In the morning it's your time and in the afternoon it's ours.'
15:30 It's time for closing the CP but the soldiers have just arrived. They are not in a hurry to get out of the car. When we remark that they are half an hour late, one of the soldiers says: 'It's no big deal - let them wait!" They really are waiting, quietly and patiently. One person says: 'If we are half an hour late they won't open the CP for us.'
15:40 Two soldiers open the gate but they still are not letting people through. Another vehicle arrives, with an officer (captain) and a military policeman.
15:45 At long last they begin to let people go through. The officer inspects baggage and the military policeman is responsible for recording the permits in the computer.
Some things did not go through: A big black empty plastic container and two mattresses. An ordinary fan on a stand did go through. The officer asked if the fan worked.
16:00 Passage ended.
16:10 Tura-Shaked CP
There is very little traffic in this CP at this time, as usual.
15:30 Barta'a-Reihan CP, west seamline zone side
Many people descend with us to the terminal in the sleeve and go through the turnstile. A few have difficulty taking their things through the turnstile, and finally they manage. A few (those with permits to work in Israel?) continue without delay via the lane that bypasses the terminal. Others (those with permits to work in the seamline zone?) enter the terminal and approach the window for inspection of their documents. Occasionally a queue forms at the window. Only a few go through in the other direction - from the West Bank to the seamline zone.
17:00 Many people continue to go down in the sleeve; we go up opposite them and go back to the car.