Reihan, Shaked, Sun 24.8.08, Morning

Ruthy T., Lea R. (reporting)
Translation: Devorah K.

05:55 Reihan-Barta'a CP
At the CP there are only sparrows; not a single person is waiting. All those who arrive enter immediately and come out after 15 to 20 minutes. People are smiling and say,"Come every day!" But to tell the truth it is not thanks to us that things are moving quickly, it is thanks to the security guards. (But why is the CP there at all?)

An older man tells us that a policeman stopped him near the CP and claimed that he was driving without a seat belt. The man said that he did have a seat belt on. He says that the policemen wait in ambush for drivers with the goal of giving them tickets. The fine is NIS 250. When the man tried to defend himself, the policeman told him that if he continues to argue, he will stop him every day! (I have the name and ID of the policman.)
Another man told us that his son, married and the father of a child, cannot get a permit to go through to East Barta'a. The son is unemployed and has no source of livelihood, and the father is forced to support his son's family as well as his own.

07:20 Shaked-Tura CP
This is the first day of school. The children and teachers come to the CP smiling and looking festive. A representative of the DCO is there to greet all those who arrive. The children go through quickly, without having their schoolbags inspected.

08:00 Reihan-Barta'a CP (again)
More people are now arriving at the CP. They go through immediately and are very happy with the quick passage. Two pickup trucks with vegetables are waiting and four are being inspected.

09:30  We leave.