Northern checkpoint, Tura: what will they tell their grandchildren about their army service?
At 15:00 we drove past Barta’a Checkpoint on our way to the two checkpoints with the concrete roadblocks on the border of Area C near Area A where we cannot enter. There were no soldiers at Hermesh Checkpoint and the cars were weaving in and out among the concrete roadblocks. We saw soldiers at the other side of Yaabed Checkpoint, but cars were driving through there as well. Just in front of the checkpoint the Israel Road Construction Company is building an infrastructure for the developing settlement of Mevo Dotan. Workers coming home to Jenin waved hello to us and a settler turning into Mevo Dotan shouted “Get out of here, you maniac!”
At about 15:45 we returned to Barta’a Checkpoint. The parking lot on the Palestinian side was filled with cars and transport vehicles, all of which were honking loudly as they made their way through. There was a lot of commotion, and even the two brothers Muhammed and Fadi were running around selling coffee from their thermos jugs in the dangerous traffic.
On our way to Tura – Shaked Checkpoint we were surprised to find that the deep crack in the road at the Shaked junction near the army base had finally been filled in with some improvised asphalt – evidently a local initiative. At the checkpoint itself, which is known for the litter along the road leading to it – there was little traffic and an air of laziness in the heat.