A Notorious Israeli Checkpoint Goes Modern - Commission for The Washington Post
Author: Ruth Eglash
Photo Editor: Chloe Coleman
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. Read the story online