Barta'a-Reihan, Hermesh, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan
14:20 – Harmish Checkpoint
Open for passage. The guard tower looks like abandoned property. The front window is full of holes, as if from bullets.
14:30 – Yabed-Dotan Checkpoint
This checkpoint is also unmanned. The staggered cement blocks only restrain the too-fast driving of the road’s regular users.
14:55 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
A young man who has a merchant’s crossing permit approached us. On his license there’s an added note: “Illegal use of permit.” He says that because of the coronavirus, the Civil Administration is not renewing expired permits. A phone call this morning to a checkpoint worker clarified that since the closure has been cancelled, a merchant with a valid permit may cross the checkpoint as usual.)
We came early today and met the seamstresses returning from work in Barta’a. They smiled amicably and we even got a hug, which is against the rules of of the pandemic. We hope for the best.
15:40 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
The checkpoint is quiet, as usual. The air is clear and cool. A vehicle from “Ilanit Sha’arim” is parked between the fences and the driver protests because we have photographed him. We promised him that it is impossible to identify him. That is true. A tractor driver returning from the nearby field gladly receives a bag of baby clothes that Marina has brought and passes through to the West Bank in minutes.