'Anin, Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan

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Zafrira Zamir, Neta Golan (reporting). Translation:  Bracha Ben-Avraham

14:50 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint

Soldiers were resting the watchtower's steps, but their friends were positioned down below.  The little traffic that had arrived was not delayed.  A truck and car crossed to the West Bank.  Two men and a woman crossed to the seamline zone. 

15:10 – A’anin Checkpoint

A woman, five men, two teenage boys, as well as a tractor loaded with junk were waiting to cross to their village.  Two soldiers with nothing to do were passing the time in the shed between the two fences, as they have been doing since the COVID-19 epidemic began. The military police arrived on time and after a bit they opened the gatesinfo-icon and everyone crossed.

15:40 – We drove past the Reihan – Barta’a checkpoint

The Palestinian parking lots and the spaces along the side of the road were full.  Three trucks were parked in the parking area near the vehicle checkpoint.  One of them was carrying olive saplings.  

We stopped near our friend F.'s grocery store, along the road that crosses the village of Emricha.  We told her that we hadn’t seen her for a long time because of the coronavirus, and she said that there was no coronavirus in Emricha.  F. tends a flowering garden in front of her store.  We sat on the shaded terrace and ate Palestinian ice cones for NIS 4 apiece.  F. is already preparing for the approaching holiday of Eid al Adha, which will take place in another 10 days, and will go on for four days.  She also observes the fast on the day before the holiday.    

16:10 – Yaabed – Dotan Checkpoint

There was a long convoy of cars going to Yaabed and Jenin.  People were coming home from work. No one was being checked at the checkpoint, but the concrete blocks slowed the cars down.

16:20 – On our way back to the seamline zone and Israel we passed Reihan – Barta’a Checkpoint again.  Many people were coming home from work. We did not enter the crowded parking lot, as we have been avoiding it during the epidemic.  On our way back we ran into a long line of vehicles that had been dropping people off on their way home from work.