Reihan, Shaked, Wed 4.2.09, Morning
Vivian S"B., Nava R.(reporting) + a guest
08:10 - Shaked-Tura checkpoint, Those going through the checkpoint were pleased with the new soldiers, said that they were well mannered and spoke to them nicely.People request that the checkpoint would remain open until 9:00 p.mOne of them had told us of actions of requisition of lands at Baka-el-Sharkia, at Nazlat Eisa and in Kapeen. People are angry and have no idea as to why their lands were requisitioned, good land with olive trees planted on them. 09:30 - Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint The checkpoint is totally deserted. One car is under inspection in the shed, the driver goes from the West Bank to the Seam Line zone. Pickup trucks with goods did not wait. Drivers stood idle .There is an innovation on site: It is now possible to enter the terminal with a magnetic cards from the Palestinian car park area. One needs to slide the magnetic card after crossing the carousel. There a sign informing people of this development. We returned through East Barta'a . Police cars (לא יודעת מה זה יס"ם)in high numbers were ambushing vehicles, apparently in an attempt to retrieve stolen cars as well as holding up Israelis who bring their cars to the garages of East Barta'a.This might explain the low numbers of people crossing the gate at the Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint. They did not want to meet police ,also most of the garages, where they work, were closed. 11:30 - We left the village.