Reihan, Shaked, Wed 22.10.08, Afternoon

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Nava, Sima (reporting)
Translation: Yael Bassis-Student

12:45 - Shaked-Tura checkpoint
There are three soldiers waiting for people to cross. The checkpoint is vacant, here and there there are vehicles passing by fast as well as pedestrians.
A student of the open university in Jenin and a resident of the secluded house tell us that now passage is good and swift, but in the morning there were many people holding agriculture permits for picking olives causing mornings passage to be quite delayed in recent mornings.
The lights are on at mid-day. We've asked the DCO soldiers to turn it off.

13:25 - Rihan-Barta'a checkpoints
 A slow flow of people coming and going. We count 6 pickup trucks waiting in line to go under inspection. One driver says that 5 vehicles are being inspected every two hours, during which the whole load is unloaded and inspected on the ground. Inspection includes dogs sniffing.
A couple enters the inspection booth and come out after 10 minutes, the man says that there are not too many people today and people go through fast.
Cab drivers complain of lack of passengers, apparently as a result of the olive picking season.
M. says that his wife is due to give birth to their first born in one week's time and he asks if we could bring him some babyinfo-icon's cloths.

- We left while two pickup truck were still awaiting their turn..