A Notorious Israeli Checkpoint Goes Modern | The Washington Post

My latest work for the Washington Post was published last week.

The story focuses on Qalandia checkpoint. The main crossing into Jerusalem from
the West Bank Palestinian city of Ramallah, has gone through a
multimillion-dollar high-tech renovation in recent months, as Israeli
authorities are introducing biometric border crossing systems, allowing for a faster,
more convenient passage for thousands of Palestinian civilians crossing daily
as they enter Israel mainly for work or medical care, and minimizing the
interaction between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.

The notorious Israeli military checkpoint, which takes its
name from the nearby Palestinian village, has come to symbolize Israel’s
military occupation of the West Bank. It was set up by Israel as a temporary
checkpoint designed to prevent terrorist attacks during the second intifada in
2001 and has since developed into a permanent border crossing, where for nearly
two decades Palestinians were forced to wait, sometimes for hours each day, crammed
between metal turnstiles and caged tunnels, as they tried to enter Israel.

Author: Ruth Eglash

Photo Editor: Chloe Coleman

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