I took a taxi at 5 am to The Bethlehem checkpoint opposite Tantur the pavements were empty though from pervious years I remember them as being crowded with workers. But the road itself turning to the right was already full workers…very few women,…rushing while others were sitting on the sidewalk, smoking and chatting. Some asked why I was photographing and had no problem, others asked me not to…which of course I honored.
Many people were sleeping in blankets on the sidewalk near the checkpoint oblivious to the shouts and cars around them. One man who woke up told me had had left Ramallah and 2 and than got through to the Israeli side by 4 and had gone to sleep. His employer would fetch him at 7..