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Israel-Palestine: Waiting at the Checkpoint

Source: The New Internationalist

Hours of queuing is the lot of Palestinian workers traveling to their jobs on the other side of Israel’s separation wall.

At 3 o’clock this morning, many Palestinian men were already awake and dressed, standing in a queue at Gilo checkpoint in Bethlehem in order to work on the other side of the separation wall. Approximately 4,000 people – mostly men between the age of 18 and 45 – have passed through this checkpoint every day, all year round, to get to their jobs in East Jerusalem or Israel since the construction of the wall began in 2002. Gilo checkpoint is just one of 500 roadblocks and checkpoints in the West Bank. read more