Tura Checkpoint: very quiet, very dirty. One woman crosses.

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Ruthi T and Rachel W. (Reporting) Marcia L., Translation

14:45 – We cross Barta’a Checkpoint on the Palestinian side, on the way to Harmish Checkpoint. The parking lot is full.  In spite of the cold and rainy weather, people go to work.

15:00 – Harmish and Ya’bed-Dotan Checkpoints

There are no soldiers at their stations. Traffic is slow. The local council bus returns children to their homes.  In front of the Ya’bed checkpoint, there is a large sign that offers homes in Dotan at sale prices.

15:30 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

We return to Barta’a and go down to the parking lot on the Palestinian side.  Many drivers wait for passengers and we hear calls for transportation to Jenin.  One man tells us that he works in renovations in the West Bank for NIS 250 a day, without any social benefits, and the transportation costs him at least NIS 70 per day.

The truck parking lot is empty, and a thick rope bars it.  We wonder if there is a change in policy because we always see a lot of trucks waiting for inspection, even through the next day.

16:00 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

Filthy, as usual. It is very quiet.  One woman crosses and we take her to Umm-Reihan.