'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 22.9.08, Afternoon

Observers: 
Anna N. S., Neta J. (reporting)
Sep-22-2008
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Afternoon
Translation: Devorah K.
14:10 -16:30

14:10 Shaked-Tura CP
There is very little vehicle and pedestrian traffic. According to the CP commander, since the morning about 70 residents of the seamline zone have gone through and about 100 people from the West Bank to the seamline zone. He says that the soldiers know that because of the holiday ('Id el Fitr), there will be many gifts and goods for personal use.
Parents and their daughter from Daher el-Marlek go through to Tura on the West Bank in the father's taxi. The girl lost her glasses in school. The father and the child go through in the car. The mother gets out for inspection. After about 20 minutes they return. They have found the glasses!

14:55 A'anin CP
10 tractors are waiting to return to A'anin. The carts attached to the tractors are loaded with second-hand plastic furniture and some more old junk. About 30 people are waiting in the shade of the olive trees. The soldiers are already in their places. At 15:00, they open the CP.
A young fellow has a list with 43 names. The people do not stand in an orderly queue and there is a tumult. After about 10 minutes, the soldiers close the gate. The fellow has some success in organizing the queue and the soldiers open the gate. In their hands they have their own list and they note those who left in the morning and are now returning. A soldier reminds the people to remember the number that they received in the morning. That will shorten the time needed to find their names on the lists.
A young fellow wants to take a computer with him. They do not allow it; it is possible only from Reihan. The fellow waits until everybody goes through and makes sure that he is listed as having gone through, so that his agricultural permit will not be confiscated next time.
15:50 - The passage has been completed. The soldiers lock the gate. We go on to the Reihan-Barta'a CP and we take the fellow with the computer with us.

16:00 Reihan-Barta'a CP
The fellow with the computer leaves the terminal after 10 minutes. Now he has to take a taxi to Jenin and after that from Jenin to A'anin - a waste of time and money.
The last pickup trucks on their way to the seamline zone are being inspected.
The Palestinian parking lot is almost completely full of cars. All of them are waiting for workers who are returning from their jobs in Israel and in the seamline zone. In the meantime they are using the time for prayers in the shed, with a Sheikh from Ya'abed leading them.
A woman is waiting to go through to the seamline zone. Her children are waiting for her at home and she is under pressure. Because of some technical problem they do not let her in and, of course, do not explain anything to her.

16:20 The problem has been solved; the woman and another man are allowed to enter.
Workers go through to the Palestinian parking lot in groups. There is no pressure at this time. We are told that at the Mavo Dothan - Amariha CP there are often problems and they ask for all kinds of authorizations that do not exist at all. The problems usually arise when new soldiers are there . Our informant says that there are no additional CPs on the way to Jenin or to TulKarm.

14:30 We leave the CP. Workers continue to arrive in their rides to the upper sleeveinfo-icon.