יום ה' 18.10.07, בוקר
Sima S., Lea R. (reporting)
Reihan, Shaked, A'anin, Thursday, 18/10/07, Morning
06:10 A'anin CP
Everything is happening slowly. They say that the gates opened at 05:30. Two young fellows tell us that they were not allowed to take a bag with work-clothes with them. The soldiers did not record the details of those going through to the seamline zone - what will happen when people will want to return to their homes?
On the Palestinian side a lot of people are waiting to go through to the seamline zone. A woman with tears in her eyes says that she is the only one in her family (a husband and 11 children) allowed to go through to work on their land.
An officer from the DCO arrives, and suddenly the passage is conducted quickly.
From today on, the A'anin CP will be open daily from 05:30 to 07:00 and from 15:30 to 16:30.
07:20 Shaked (Tura) CP
From the other side of the gate, on the Palestinian side, about 20 people and a few cars are waiting.
On the side of the seamline zone, only a few people are going through to the West Bank.
07:40 Reihan (Barta'a) CP
There is a smooth passage of people going in both directions. A bus from Jenin fills up.
10:00 We leave.
We visited Sima's friend, an Arab woman and an Israeli citizen, who visited the West Bank and recently returned through the Reihan CP. The woman told us that she was required to go through three small rooms. In the last one, she had to undress and remain in her underwear. She says that she is willing to travel for hours in a roundabout way in order never to return to that terrible place.
We took a Palestinian family visiting Umm-el-Fahm with us. The family, from the Jenin refugee camp, received a permit to stay in Israel for two days. Their son who is 11 was shot by the IDF about two years ago and died in an Israeli hospital. The family contibuted his organs for transplants. The oldest brother, now 18, was not allowed to enter Israel with the other members of the family. He is forbidden for reasons of security. In the evening we brought them back to Umm-el-Fahm
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