The area within the checkpoint is clean, and there are new green bags in the garbage bins. But outside, where the Palestinians gather (those who come into and leave the checkpoint), piles of garbage in green bags float in the air and cover the road. Who is supposed to clean up the army’s trash?
Few cars and pedestrians cross the checkpoint in two directions. The passage is fast.
On our way to the Barta’a Checkpoint, we see extensive construction in all the settlements in the Seamline Zone,.
Cars bring many workers from the building and agricultural sites. Everyone has packages: cartons of avocados, televisions, food, and pastries for “shishi” (the day before the Sabbath) from the kiosk at the checkpoint (which is always open on Thursday afternoons). In the opposite direction, men and women return from Jenin, also with shopping packages.