Reihan, Shaked, Sun 15.2.09, Morning

Ruthy T. and Hanna H. (reporting)

Translation: Devorah K. 

6:00 - 7:30
6:00 - Reihan CP
The CP opened at 5:00 and many workers are now in the upper parking lot waiting for their rides. The tempo of the workers emerging from the sleeveinfo-icon is quick; they come out satisfied and report on immediate entrance and a short stay in the terminal. In the shed of the vehicles leaving for the seamline zone, two cars have been being inspected for more than twenty minutes and their passengers are already waiting up above. They tell us that the total number of those going through the CP has been very small lately. This is both because they have stopped giving out agricultural permits and and also because the ordinary work permits are now given only for a period of two months. And every permit renewal means "five days of not being able to work". A Bedoui with a work permit who lives near Hermesh tells us that he is married to an Israeli who lives in the Bet Shean Valley; she is about to give birth to their second son and he has a hard time getting permits to visit her. In the lower parking lot, eight pickup trucks with goods are waiting for inspection.

7:00 - Shaked CP
The CP opened and immediately fifteen people are near the turnstile. Until 7:10, their passage to the seamline zone is regular; all of them go through the inspection room but they complain about an Arabic-speaking soldier in the room who talks to them rudely. We can even hear his yelling where we stand near the gate. Five cars are waiting to go through to the seamline zone; they enter one after another and the inspection is quick.At 7:10 the first children begin to arrive. They enter the area of the CP immediately but all of them are sent to the inspection room; they wait to enter and come out after a few minutes.At 7:15 a car arrives with students on their way to Jenin. They are also sent to the inspection room. More pupils continue to arrive at the CP; they are sent to the inspection room, and the passage of the workers to the seamline zone stops entirely. Here too, those going through complain that agricultural permits are no longer being handed out and there is still a lot of work to do in the olive groves..