Reihan, Thu 2.4.09, Morning
Translation: Devorah K.
05:55 - the fog begins to disperse. Two cars are inspected on their way to the seamline zone and three additional cars are waiting. We can hear dogs barking.
06:10 The first farmer goes through. Only about fifteen people are waiting, among them a woman and a child, three people with tractors and one with a donkey. People complain that their permits are not renewed on time, and they are sent back and forth between the Palestinian DCO in Jenin and the Israeli DCO in Salem. One man tells us about a new kind of harrassment: The DCO representative came to the CP on Monday with a map showing blocs and lots, and demanded that people identify their own lots on the map. Many do not remember the number of the bloc and the lot (we don't remember the numbers of the bloc and the lot of our houses either), and many do not know how to read a map. The man told us that the mayor coped with this demand very wisely; he said he was willing, via the loudspeaker of the mosque, to call all the people in the village to come to the CP and go with the representative of the DCO to identity their lots on the ground. That was the end of the matter. For the time being.
06:30 The soldiers close the lower gate of the CP, the one facing A'anin.
06:45 All the people have gone through.
The gate on the side of the seamline zone is already open. They open the gate on the side of the West Bank at 7:00 on the dot. Five minutes later, three pupils arrive and go through the inspection pavilion. There is relatively a lot of steady traffic toward this CP, in both directions. All the pupils are required to go through the inspection pavilion, even the five year old kindergartners. Two little girls go up to the gate and are sent back home. A father accompanies his two children, aged about five and six, and does not want to go through the pavilion. The soldier sends the father to the DCO representative. The children are forced to go through the inspection pavilion. They are so little. The cannot open the steel door of the pavilion. A soldier approaches them and opens the door for them. Let's not forget: they are going from the seamline zone to school on the West Bank!
07:40 The (elegant) teacher who teaches on the West Bank, arrives in his beaten up car, fearful that he will be late to school. His friends have consideration for him and let him go ahead of two cars that were already there when he came.