I left home at 4am. Now it’s 6:20am. It will take another hour to cross the checkpoint. This is our life, difficult and full of problems.
It starts to get crowded from 3:30am onwards. This is the way it is every day.
If you fall on the ground you could die.
I pay $700 every month for my work permit.
It’s faster to make money inside Israel. A year in Israel equals five years in the West Bank.
It's all unjust. We live a life of injustice, but we do not have an alternative.
The queues start growing at 3am. Some people cross to find work on the other side. If they do not find work, they come back.
Everyone is trying to make a living by working on the Israeli side. They go there without being sure whether or not they will return to their families. God only knows. It’s a very big tragedy.
The situation is hard when it comes to permits. There are people who trade in them. My son pays $500 a month for his permit - that's about a third of his salary. Other permits can cost up to $700 a month.
During the time I've spent here, more than 20 workers have been injured at this checkpoint. Some had their arms and legs broken.
We leave our homes at 4am in order to leave the checkpoint by 6:30am or 7am. The situation here is not normal and it’s very crowded. People break their arms here on a daily basis.
There are a lot of people who can't make it to work on time. If you're not at work by 7 am, your employer will kick you out.
I come here on Sunday and go back home on Friday. I see my family for two days each week.
Who builds those [Israeli] settlements? The workers! And then we complain why Israel builds settlements. We - the labourers - are the ones building them, but there is no alternative. We are not doing it to build settlements, but if we don't work, we can’t live.
The work inside Israel is forced upon us. In the Palestinian sectors, the income is very low. Even when people are educated and have degrees, no one cares about them. There are no job opportunities for them, so they work anywhere they can.
I come here every day and the situation is the same. I arrive at 4 am. They [Israeli soldiers] tell us to 'wait a little' while they play on their phones.