'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 11.12.08, Afternoon

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Sima S., Neta J. (reporting)
Translation: Devorah K.

Last day of the Holiday of the Sacrifice, Afternoon

15:10 A'anin CP

The gatesinfo-icon are open,and a few people (on foot and on a tractor) go through from the seamline zone to the village of A'anin. People complain about permits: one person who is categorized as a 'landowner' gets a permit for two years. Another person, who cultivates the land of his old parents, is categorized as a 'worker in the seamline zone' and only gets a permit for a few months. Again there are complaints about the fact that they are not permitted to transport oil through this CP from the oil press in A'anin to the seamline zone. The passage through the Reihan-Barta'a CP takes a long time and is expensive.

15:30 The soldiers lock the gates. The CP commander, a second lieutenant, wants to know how many members there are in MachsomWatch. We are also interested in numbers and are told that in the afternoon 28 people returned.

15:40  Shaked-Tura CP
There is very little traffic at this time.
Two people tell us that yesterday there were some very difficult problems at the CP. One man was hit by a soldier. The CP was closed to the passage of vehicles for hours. The people did not know the reason for these events, which occurred after our colleagues left the CP. They told us that "Today things are ok."

We took a Palestinian worker, who came from the Reihan-Barta'a CP hitching a ride to the crossroads before the Shake-Tura CP. He was on his way to work at the Profiline Plant in the Shahak industrial area in the seamline zone. During this short ride we saw signs announcing the sale of new houses in the settlements Shaked and Tal Menasheh. Near the plant, they are preparing a large lot of land for a new plant.

 Reihan-Barta'a CP
Men, women and children in holiday clothes are coming up the netted sleeveinfo-icon from the terminal building to the parking lot of the seamline zone.
In the Palestinian parking lot there are many cars waiting for their passengers who are returning from holiday visits. The taxi drivers are also waiting for passengers. Our friend, young W., who works in the coal mill in East Barta'a, arrives spiffy clean. He is going to visit his parents.

Toward nightfall there is increased traffic in both directions. People enter the terminal immediately. Families walk on the bridge on the road that leads to and from the CP. They are not among those allowed to come to the CP in their cars. Four private cars are being inspected and another three are waiting.

A full moon shines in the sky over the CP. We leave.