It’s an hour before dawn outside the Eyal checkpoint on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Qalqilya in early January.

Groups of Palestinian laborers destined for work in Israel’s cities and towns have already passed through the gate and are warming themselves around campfires. By 7 a.m., roughly 4,000 Palestinians from the Qalqilya region and the northern West Bank will have crossed the border – after having their papers checked and passing through a metal detector, and finally making their way down the enclosed corridor.

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