'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 6.10.08, Afternoon

Observers: 
Anna N. S., Neta J. (reporting)
Oct-6-2008
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Afternoon
Translation: Devorah K.

14:10 Shaked-Tura CP
On the way to the CP there is a colorful notice: IN TAL MENASHE, WE ARE BUILDING THE THIRD PHASE, EIGHT TWO-FAMILY COTTAGES.
The last of the pupils are returning from school in Tura to their homes in Daher-el-Malek.
A woman settler, with a head-covering and her Palestinian worker, come to help in transporting a tractor from the West Bank to the seamline zone. There is very little traffic, vehicles or pedestrians, at this hour of the day.

14:55 A'anin CP
Six tractors are waiting at the locked gate. A few dozen people are waiting in the shade of the olive treess. A pastoral scene, if only there were no fences, no rolls of barbed wire, no gatesinfo-icon and soldiers...
15:00 - The gates open; the people organize themselves into a queue according to a list that one of them made earlier. He is also responsible for opening the gate only a little for people to go through; then he opens it wide for a tractor and immediately closes it after that.
15:50 On the list that the man holds there are 53 names. Until now 33 of the people listed have gone through. We did not wait for the last 20 to go through.
From the DCO we learned that the olive-picking season will begin on Sunday, 12/ 10/2008 and until the end of the season the CP will be open every day. There will also be a change in opening hours.

16:05 Reihan-Barta'a CP
Workers arrive in groups in cars their employers supply and go down into the terminal sleeveinfo-icon. No pressure is felt. The Palestinian parking lot is full of cars waiting for passengers. There are no longer any pickup trucks with goods at this time of day.
A child who has leukemia, with a mask on his mouth and nose, who's being treated at the Rambam Hospital, arrives at the CP with his mother and uncle. The uncle has a permit to go through with his car and he insists that the child and his mother, residents of Ya'abed, should go through with him and should not be forced to enter the terminal. They are afraid that if the child enters the terminal, full of people, he might catch some illness. After consultation, the security guards allow the child and his mother to go through in the uncle's car.
16:40 There is lively pedestrian traffic in both directions. Those arriving from the West Bank enter the terminal immediately.

We leave the CP.