Palestinians will work in Israel and Israelis will work in Palestine

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

15:00 – A'anin Checkpoint

M. is waiting for us at the junction with one of his young sons who is going to work with him instead of going on his annual school trip.  At the checkpoint the soldiers have already opened all three gatesinfo-icon and both pedestrians and tractors are crossing quickly.  We left the soldiers to continue their work and left.

15:20 – Tura Shaked Checkpoint

There is very little traffic here which is usual for this hour in the afternoon.  A truck crossed to the West Bank and a woman is waiting for the car that is now being checked to come and collect her. Her brother-in-law and elderly mother-in-law are in the car and the elderly woman was allowed to remain in the car.  Her brother-in-law, a resident of Daher-El Malec in the seamline zone, complained that he bought a new car but he cannot cross with it because it has not yet been listed at the checkpoint.  This is a problem that we encounter often and registration takes time.     

15:50 – Barta'a Reihan Checkpoint, Palestinian Side

All the parking lots as well as the road and sides of the road are full of cars and traffic.  A lot of people are coming back from work and are not in a particular hurry since they have already crossed the checkpoint.   They appear to be feeling free to enjoy the pleasant spring weather and the approaching weekend.   Several people complained about the cracks in the road at the Yaabed - Mevo Dotan Checkpoint and complain that we have not succeeded in solving the problem.  Others have more extensive complaints about the entire situation.  One person suggests that there be two separate states and that Palestinians no longer work in Israel.  Another suggests a form of cooperation in which Palestinians work in Israel and Israelis work in Palestine.   

A young man who speaks English is interested in Machsom Watch.  He studied nutrition in El Najakh University in Nablus but is presently working as a taxi driver.  People are very friendly and one person calls to us "For human rights" in Hebrew as we returned to our car.

16:20 – The woman at the vehicle checkpoint decided that our car needed to be checked because we came from the red side.  She sends us to the vehicle inspection facility.   We self – consciously cut in line past the other vehicles (since that it what we were told to do).  They checked the trunk of the car and let us continue on our way.