Reihan, Shaked, Sun 25.11.07, Morning

Dvora S, Chana H (reporting)

07:05 - 08:40
07:05 Shaked Checkpoint

The checkpoint is open and the schoolchildren are passing on the run, their satchels being checked, from the Seam Zone to Tura.
Workers from the West Bank are passing one by one through the inspection hut and registration at the "office."
The three teachers from Tura only cross at 07:20, and a car is waiting to take them quickly to school.

07:35 Reihan Checkpoint

At the upper parking lot we're told that the checkpoint opened at 05:30, but transit was very slow and the Shahak workers only went to work at 07:20.
There were perhaps 150 people in the terminal, mostly put in the inspection rooms.
Roughly at 07:00 one of the supervisors came to inspect and spoke to the transients, who complained about the slowness of the process. Following that, at 07:10 according to them, transit began to be faster.
By the exit from the sleeveinfo-icon an Israeli contractor was waiting for his workers, and he also complained that since the privatisation of the checkpoint there is a considerable delay in going to work.
07:55 -- at the vehicle crossing the developmental and building impetus continues, and as a result the inspection procedure for vehicles is different.
The first three tenders with produce are still in the closed compound, and 12 more are waiting in the parking lot.
Private cars en route to the Seam Zone are being checked in twos on the road.
At 08:00 four pick ups with produce enter the inspection compound.
Transit of pedestrians at the checkpoint is a steady flow in both directions. Sometimes the lower gate closes, and 20 or so people gather by it, but it opens within five minutes.
Recently the drivers greet us at the checkpoint with complaints about Mevo Dotan Checkpoint, where they do not always allow drivers without Reihan permits to go by. Much more absurd is the fact that Yaabed and Meriha residents are not allowed to get to their fields if they don't have Reihan permits (what possible connection is that?). I spoke with Katie at Central Command, who explained that the regulation is that drivers transporting people can pass even if they don't have permits, as may official taxis, but other people must have a Reihan permit.
In other words, their movement in the West Bank is restricted to the environs of their villages!