'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Sun 23.11.08, Morning
Translated by L.W
06:00 Aanin Checkpoint
06:30 Reihan-Bartaa Checkpoint
07:03 Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
The checkpoint is open and the first worker is coming out of the inspection room. About 30 people are waiting by the turnstile at the entrance to the inspection room. There are loud arguments about the line. Six passenger cars are waiting to go into the Seam Zone. Workers on bikes and donkeys are passing without being checked inside. Apparently olive picking has ended and already fewer people are crossing. At 07:10 they begin to pass cars from the West Bank to the Seam Zone. Each check – two minutes. They tell us that the soldiers are not making precise lists of returnees in the afternoons, and the next morning they confiscate permits from men who they claim did not return in time yesterday. When they apply to the DCO to get a new permit, they are given the runaround and this interferes with completion of the agricultural tasks necessary after olive picking.
Children are passing to school immediately, without checks. Students go through one by one with an ID check. A teacher who crosses every day at 07:20 in a car is stopped at the gate, and only passes at 07:30 after getting out to talk to the soldiers.
07:45 Reihan-Bartaa Checkpoint
Two cars being checked under the roof – 20 minutes. Everything routine, apart from the garden developing and changing from day to day. Within the terminal considerable pressure, unusually, and only one window functioning. One problem case is delaying everyone else. People coming out now were inside the terminal for 40 minutes.