Reihan, Tue 15.4.08, Morning

Observers: 
Tami S., Hasida S. (reporting)
15/04/2008
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Morning
Translation: Devorah K.
Today we skipped visiting the Shaked (Tura) CP, because we were asked to go to court to observe the case of Amal Harsha of the village of Kafin. Reportedly he is a diabetic and was very sick the last time he's been brought to court.

Reihan CP 07:30 - 08:40
When we arrived at the lower parking lot, we sensed the tense atmosphere. For several days we have been reading reports saying that at this CP there has been a significant decrease in the number of vehicles waiting to transport goods to the Barta'a markets. The tension is related to the uncertainty surrounding the death of a resident of Kabatiyeh, who had a shop in Barta'a. Apparently the drivers from Barta'a are afraid of revenge and take care not to drive into the area of the Palestinian Authority. Pedestrian traffic is as usual, with steady traffic in both directions. A new inspection machine, working by means of radio waves, is being operated in the terminal, as we heard from Ron, the man responsible for running the facility. No longer is there inspection in the rooms, nor do the people have to take off their clothes or their belts. The passage is quicker and easier. But still we heard complaints. There is a rumor that this machine causes cancer, and there are people who are afraid to go through it. There were also complaints that those operating the machine do not really know how to work it, and so it takes a long time. Some told us that they went through in ten minutes, and indeed there were a few whom we saw entering and then saw emerge after a short time. By contrast, there were some who claimed that they were detained for an hour in the terminal. When we approached the terminal from the side of the sleeveinfo-icon, we saw that only one post was open, and inside there was a queue and a lot of yelling. We talked to Ron, and he promised to open an additional post when there was a need.
We must note the water fountainth at at the exit from the terminal into the sleeve . It actually works and many use it.
Rest rooms: In the lower (Palestinian parking lot) there are still no toilets. Of the three cubicles near the upper parking lot, two are locked. The third is open and has running water. Toilet paper is apparently a luxury. The place is reasonably clean.
To the best of my memory from the construction, there are also restrooms near the lower entrance to the terminal, but I do not know if the people going through have access to them.
If only this terminal were the recognized border between two states - Israel and Palestine -  the improvements would have been accepted gladly. Unfortunately, that is not the situation.