גוכיה, חמרה (בקעות), תיאסיר

Observers: 
Revital Sela, Rachela Hayut (reporting), Translator: Louise Levi
08/06/2014
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Afternoon

14:40  Bezek - We drive through.

 

It is very hot and dry but the view is dazzling.

 

14:55 Tayasir checkpoint

The soldiers from the Kfir brigade who are posted at the checkpoint ignore our presence. There is little traffic in both directions, mostly taxis driving east and laborers going west. Sometimes the soldiers check the ID cards handed to them through the window and sometimes they return them without checking.

A white Savanna arrives from area A, drives onto the square below the watch tower and parks there.

15:20 – We leave.

 

15:45 The Alon Route/Road 578

The dirt barrier blocking the passage from east to west is in its place.

 

The Gochya gate is open! An army pickup truck is parking nearby. No people are at the gate. The vineyards belonging to the Roi and Bekaot

settlements are full with grapes that are being picked by Palestinian laborers.

 

15:50 Hamra

A line of 7 cars is waiting to drive through from east to west. They pass rather quickly. Like at Tayasir, the soldiers ignore us until after a while, a sergeant brings us a water bottle. He apologizes for not being able to offer us anything else. We ask about the torn tent where they are hiding from the sun, and he tells us to ask his commanders.

Many small and big vans are driving through. They are full with laborers who greet us with a nod. It's infuriating to think of the hard work they have to do and the tiny salaries that they receive.

16:30 We leave.

 

The Gochya gate is closed.

 

16:45 Bezek – When the guard hears that we have been at Tayasir and Hamra he opens the gate.