Reihan, Shaked, Sun 4.1.09, Afternoon
Translation: Devorah K.
The CP is quiet. A passenger car arrives from the seamline zone and enters immediately for an inspection that lasts two minutes. Immediately after it, a car with women and children enters. Most of them go through the inspection room. A few people are returning from the West Bank to the seamline zone.
15.25 - Reihan CP
At 15.40 the flow of people coming back gets stronger and the turnstile closes down after the entrance of 5 or 6 people, imprisoning a few.
Toward 16.00 many workers with loads of fruit arrive and it becomes quite crowded in the sleeve. In the terminal there is still only one window in operation. In the morning, they wait for about an hour in a crowded space in the Taibeh CP and now, on their way home they have to delay again. Those who arrive from the West Bank on their way to the seamline zone have to go through the same turnstile. We phoned Sharon to let him know what he probably knows, and to ask why again only one window is operating at this time of day. He of course promised to take care of things now, and tomorrow he will undoubtedly forget again.
16.00 - The lower parking lot is full of taxis waiting for the returning workers. The last three pickup trucks with goods leave inspection in the closed compound. Two passenger cars are inspected in the shed and two others are waiting.
16.15 - Again in the sleeve, returning workers keep coming through all the time. More than fifty people are waiting to enter the terminal and still only one window is in operation. A few people talked to us and told us that in Salem they have stopped issuing agricultural permits, despite the repeated appeals they have made. Some of the people have work permits for Israel and they have to go out to their fields which are near Barta'a -- via Jalameh or Taibeh.