Jalama, Reihan, Shaked, Mon 16.3.09, Afternoon
15:10: Jalameh Checkpoint
We drove the baby girl Aya and her mother back after a day of treatment at Rambam Hospital. Many Israeli Arabs are returning from shopping in Jenin. There are a lot of Israeli cars in the parking lot that present an optimistic picture.A resident of Mukeibleh whom we picked up says that he was interrogated for a long time about what he did in Jenin and why he went to Jenin and back.Back to back transfer of goods is open until 4:00 PM. We did not observe it.
16:00 Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
Several cars and a few people pass through from the West Bank to the seamline zone. The drivers arriving from the seamline zone are required to get out of their cars and undergo inspection in the booth. Only then their car is checked and they are allowed to pass.
16:20-17:10 Reihan Barta’a Checkpoint
The parking lot is full of cars belonging to people who went through the terminal, leaving little chance for the “taxi” drivers who are waiting for passengers to earn any money. There are complaints about the amount of time it takes to get through because only one window is open despite the fact that this is the hour when many people return from work.
Dozens of people crowd in line at the entrance to the terminal and get trapped in the turnstile that automatically locks after several seconds.We heard more complaints about the difficulties of getting through the checkpoint at Tibeh in the mornings. (Some of the people coming through to the West Bank here in the afternoons have to enter Israel through there in the morning). People tell us that we should observe what goes on there as well.
17:10: There is nothing new at the checkpoints. The routine of the occupation continues.