Jalama, Reihan, Shaked, Tue 25.5.10, Morning

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Hassida S., Ruthi T., Reporting

Translation: Bracha B.A.

This shift was nearly devoid of any exceptional events.

06:00 Reihan Barta'a
The upper parking lot is filled with vans waiting for workers, and the lower parking lot is nearly empty.  Three trucks are waiting to be checked.  People tell us that the first trucks began to be checked already at 05:30 by mistake. There is light pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Um el Reihan Checkpoint
is quiet.  After a drive to Hermesh we returned to Reihan Checkpoint.  People are arriving and enter the terminal in small groups immediately. At 06:50 there are only a few people coming out of the terminal. It appears that in light of the work situation today, resulting from the lack of permits, it is possible to allow workers to come through here who have to go all the way to Irtah.

7:05 – Shaked-Tura Checkpoint
A herd of goats crosses to the seamline zone.  There are about 15 people waiting next to the turnstile and five vehicles are waiting next to the gate.  Small children are crossing through quickly but it appears that it is taking a long time for people to get through the inspection room.  Just as we are about to report that this shift was devoid of anything exceptional, someone comes through and says, "Things aren't good!"

At Jalameh a mother and her son are waiting for us.  The has burns on his face and we take them to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

At Reihan we also met Yuval Roth, the man behind the project that has nearly eliminated the despair that exists in light of the checkpoints.  He is taking a family to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.