Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hakvasim (sheep) Junction, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills, Zif Junction
After the Jewish holidays at the South Hebron Hills
Although closure was over a day earlier, amazingly Meitar Checkpoint was not flooded more than usual, apparently the holidays are not yet quite over inside Israel-proper and so no great need of workers.
The roads of the West Bank were relatively quiet and most of the traffic on road 60 consisted of trucks carrying construction materials and driving like madmen – where to and why they were in such a hurry was not very clear. We made the rounds of the road 60 checkpoints:
Deheishe (open*), Abda (closed), Dura (open), Al Fawar (army), Beit Haggai (army), Sheep Junction (army), we turned right at Bani Naim Junction (army) and ascended road 317: medium traffic of settler-colonist vehicles. Zif junction had no checkpoint and we saw no military presence except for a Border Police vehicle around Tawane, although entrance to the village itself was open.
Back at Meitar checkpoint we saw several young men, apparently ‘illegal aliens’ alongside road 60, and several people returning, desolate, from seeking employment unsuccessfully.
- Open: an unmanned checkpoint, pedestrians allowed through