'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 26.2.09, Afternoon

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Miriam B., Sima S. (Reporting)

 Translation: Bracha B.A.

14:58: A’anin Checkpoint

The checkpoint is open.  About 15 people, three tractors, and a donkey are waiting to go through.  A tender from the Liaison and Coordination Administration arrives and parks.  An officer emerges and joins the three soldiers next to the booth.  People go through slowly.  The cargo on the tractors is unloaded by the gate and nothing is allowed through.  The donkey goes through, and the officer from the Liaison and Coordination Administration is talking with the soldiers.15:25 – We left.

15:30: Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

The two gatesinfo-icon at the checkpoint are wide open.  There is a little traffic.  The officer from the Liaison and Coordination Administration arrives about five minutes after we do.  He stands next to the soldiers as he did at A’anin and talks with them.  A herd of goats and a shepherd pass through.  One of the people says that the soldiers are OK now, let people go through quickly and don’t hold people up, but everyone at Tura and A’anin is complaining about the strict policies regarding the issue of permits.

16:25: Reihan Barta’a Checkpoint

Dozens of workers arrive in taxis that bring them to the sleeveinfo-icon leading down to the terminal.  Miriam goes in with them to stand next to the revolving door at the entrance and observe.  Only one window is open and people complain that it takes a very long time to get through.  Miriam asks one of the inspectors to open another window, and after five minutes it opens and people move through more quickly.The parking lot is full of drivers, passengers and cars all hurrying home for the weekend.  The routine of the occupation continues.We left at 17:25.