Reihan, Shaked, Wed 12.11.08, Morning

Observers: 
Chedva H. Nava R. (reporting)
Nov-12-2008
|
Morning
Translation: Yael Bassis-Student

09:00 - 10:00 Shaked-Tura checkpoint
-
Two cars drive by from the Seam line zone direction going into the West Bank, following a quick inspection that lasts five minutes.
Very few pedestrians.
Coming from the West bank into the Seam Line zone ,one tractor goes by and a few people.
Inspection time is short and 'there are no problems'
.The tractor driver T., who is the head of the Tura municipality, tells us that about 20-30 people did not get agriculture passage permit for olive picking.
We met a man whose son is married to a woman holding an Israeli I.D. card and  is denied passage through the Shaked-Tura checkpoint to visit her parents who live in a village near Kazir. She has to make a huge detour  to visit with them.
 
10:10 -11:30 - Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint -
The goods passage is almost vacant except for two pickup trucks one carrying vegetables and the other with pallets. We also notice a significant reduction of people who cross over from the Seam Line zone into the West Bank.
Passage time is short, 7-15 minutes.
On our way from the checkpoint we had to go through a short  inspection and questioning, ' have we taken any goods from the West Bank into Israel'.