Reihan, Shaked, Wed 10.2.10, Morning
09:00 - 10:00 Shaked-Tura checkpoint
Very few had gone through. We were told that at Daher-el-Malec there is still no electricity.The Palestinian authority has already a plan to connect the village to an electric plant but the civilian authority does approve it.
They receive electricity from a generator for two hours a day.
10:10 - 12:00 Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint
An atmosphere of despair at the checkpoint. A young woman with a tiny baby, and a one-and-a-half-year old female baby, with parcels, had arrived from the West Bank,accompanied by her parents. The parents help her carry the girl and the parcels. The young woman needs to cross into the SeamLine zone, to her home and her husband in East Barta'a. The parents have no entrance permit into the SeamLine zone. We turned to the inspector at the booth in front of the terminal, asking to allow the parents or ourselves to help the woman or perhaps one of the female workers at the terminal could assist the woman. After some debating the parents were allowed inside the inspection area, where they met an acquaintant from Barta'a who would escort the young woman until she exits the terminal.
Getting out through the turnsyle with two infants and luggage was not easy. Of course no one had opened the door by the side of the turnstyle. Their inspection took about half an hour. We helped her through the sleeve and later drove her home to East Barta'a. While waiting for her at the entrance to the terminal, we saw six detainees (illegal aliens) sitting on a bench. They were taken inside perhaps to avoid us seeing them.