'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 29.1.09, Morning
Two new concrete cubes were added in front of the closed gate. The inner gate, far from us, is open and the soldiers appear from the distance to be checking people slowly. People arrive at the locked gate and wait for it to open.
06:20 – the gate opens and people pass through. About 30 people are waiting, the happy ones having a permit, but many complain that most of the people, mainly labourers, don’t receive permits even though they request them.
06:30 – the outer gate is closed and 25 men, a woman and three tractors remain "locked" in.
06:55 – we leave.
We arrive at the checkpoint gate, declare a visitor and bags of clothes, wait for approval. Three loaded tenders are waiting for inspection at the entrance. In the parking lot, a few drivers and the new coffee vendor. One of the drivers says that there is no work because, for a month now, there has been a policy to let Bartaa taxis go inside, to transport people arriving, so the livelihood of the private car drivers is blocked.