VIDEO: A slice of life at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank

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Video: Machson Watch

As you watch this video keep in mind that the Qalandia checkpoint is not a border crossing between Israel and the West Bank. Like most Israeli checkpoints in the occupied territories, Qalandia is located squarely in Palestinian territory and prevents Palestinians from traveling freely between one Palestinian area to another.

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  1. Bumblebye
    December 24, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Human beings being totally dehumanized and herded like animals at market.
    Fucking disgusting. Completely unnecessary.

  2. DICKERSON3870
    December 24, 2011, 4:45 pm

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  3. DICKERSON3870
    December 24, 2011, 7:06 pm

    RE: “A slice of life at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank” ~ A. Horowitz

    ALSO SEE: Israel has 101 different types of permits governing Palestinian movement, by Chaim Levinson, Haaretz, 12/23/11

    Israel’s Civil Administration issues 101 different types of permits to govern the movement of Palestinians, whether within the West Bank, between the West Bank and Israel or beyond the borders of the state, according to an agency document of which Haaretz obtained a copy.
    The most common permits are those allowing Palestinians to work in Israel, or in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Over the decades, however, the permit regimen has grown into a vast, triple-digit bureaucracy.
    There are separate permits for worshipers who attend Friday prayers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and for clerics working at the site; for unspecified clergy and for church employees. Medical permits differentiate between physicians and ambulance drivers, and between “medical emergency staff” and “medical staff in the seam zone,” meaning the border between Israel and the West Bank. There is a permit for escorting a patient in an ambulance and one for simply escorting a patient.
    There are separate permits for traveling to a wedding in the West Bank or traveling to a wedding in Israel, and also for going to Israel for a funeral, a work meeting, or a court hearing. . .


  4. Annie Robbins
    December 24, 2011, 9:20 pm

    israel, treating people like cattle everyday.

  5. Elisabeth
    December 25, 2011, 7:36 am

    I thought I knew about the checkpoints, what they were like in a general sort of way. It turns out that I didn’t.

    I can’t tell you how much these images shocked me. I have been following the treatment of the Palestinians quite closely for some years now (at least I thought I had) and I am still shocked by this. How would the general public react if they saw these images on their TV screens?

    And what a wry humor all these men waiting in line have… Amazing.

    • Philip Weiss
      December 25, 2011, 10:16 am

      I agree. This video must be seen by every Zionist in America and every Zionist supporter. How can any American watch this and say that democracy is not a better answer than apartheid?

    • RobertB
      December 25, 2011, 12:14 pm


      Just think of the daily deliberate humiliations that Palestinian grandmothers, mothers, grandfathers, fathers, children…have to endure from Israel’s IDF. How can Palestinians take it when their grandmothers/mothers/fathers etc… have to go through such horrific treatment.

      Most of these Palestinians are mainly trying to go to another Palestinian town to see relatives & buy food to put on the table.

      Just think if its Jewish settlers,they do not have to go through any of these Apartheid treatments. Jewish settlers are waved through to their own “for Jews only” paved roads.

      It takes Palestinians a long time to get through if they are lucky, but for Jewish settlers…its no time at all.

      Israel’s IDF do not like video cameras pointed at them & filming at checkpoints & other peaceful protests. They don’t want the world to see their barbaric ways & their triggers fingers are ready to go on unarmed Palestinians!

  6. eljay
    December 25, 2011, 9:21 am

    I look forward to RW’s condemnation of Israeli checkpoints on occupied Palestinian land, and of Israel’s failure to “humanize ‘the Other'” and to “make ‘better wheels'”!

  7. tidings
    December 25, 2011, 10:44 am

    You can watch as many videos as you have the stomach for at (under the “films” section).
    Tamar and Aya have been filming at checkpoints for many years and their work deserve far more attention than it gets. Here is one called The Women’s Line, one from Ramadan this year and another one about trying to sell lettuce at the checkpoint
    I have no reason to believe that one or other of these situations is not repeating itself *at this very moment* at one or other WB checkpoint.

    • Philip Weiss
      December 25, 2011, 10:48 am

      thanks tidings, very important

    • eljay
      December 25, 2011, 12:08 pm

      Comes and attacks us …
      Big burly bully cowardly aggressor-victim piece of sh*t Israeli solider. Disgusting. Utterly f*cking disgusting. >:-(

      I see that RW hasn’t yet found time to chime in with his condemnations. He must be very busy holding his nose…

    • Annie Robbins
      December 25, 2011, 1:05 pm

      agreed tidings. we’ve highlighted some of their amazing/devastating work here… but have to get permission before we can repost whole articles (contact can be challenging) and it’s hard grabbing only 3 paragraphs..but the work they do is mindblowing.

  8. Elliot
    December 25, 2011, 10:49 am

    I thought the observation of one of the men (towards the end of the clip) was significant. He complains that the soldiers are acting without guidance. “The officers are not here!” I think his faith in the grown-ups is misplaced but his reading of the disrespect shown to him is accurate.

    We see the Israeli system played out again and again.
    1. Indoctrinate schoolchildren that all Palestinians are a mortal threat.
    2. Protect the children from ever meeting a Palestinian face to face (separation barrier, security guards etc.)
    3. When they reach 18, give them guns and the license to kill.
    4. Put these kids in charge of thousands of Palestinians.
    5. Wander off and wait to see what happens.

    Putting the kids in charge is just another form of abuse of the Palestinians. This exercise teaches these boys that a Palestinian’s time is worthless. Making yet of another generation of Israeli youth complicit in these crimes is an essential component of this system.

  9. dumvitaestspesest
    December 25, 2011, 11:42 am

    a good song.
    “Bethlehem Christmas cancelled: The Wall must fall ”

  10. Annie Robbins
    December 25, 2011, 1:09 pm

    i am sending out this video w/a christmas greeting to friends and family today. there’s really nothing that speaks to the everyday madness of apartheid as much as this video today, nothing i can think of.

    thank you for posting it. hope everyone has a day full of joy and reflection..

    merry christmas

  11. Ramzi Jaber
    December 25, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Let’s also not forget, not only the criminal Zionist state treats us as animals, they give us different ID cards to identify us as Palestinians, our cars have different license plates, and we cannot do anything without their approval. When one says we live in an open-air prison, it truly is. Then add the wall and you feel totally suffocated. No wonder some of us resort to armed resistance to liberate ourselves, to gain our freedom and dignity.

  12. dumvitaestspesest
    December 25, 2011, 2:16 pm

    BBC Choir Bus Got Hit by a Rock from Israeli Settlers
    “BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Settlers attacked a Palestinian choir bus returning from a carol concert in Nablus on Saturday evening, choristers told Ma’an.

    The singers, from Bethlehem Bible college, said five men attacked them on a quiet road outside of the northern West Bank city.

    “A rock smashed through the window, and glass shattered everywhere inside,” chorister Saleem Anfous told Ma’an, adding that none of the 25 carol singers was injured.

    “We kept driving and starting singing to cheer ourselves up and encourage the choir members,” he said.

    “Tomorrow we will continue our carol tour of the West Bank in Jenin, using the same road, and we are afraid. But we are trying to convince the families that God will protect us.”………………….

  13. Mndwss
    December 25, 2011, 6:36 pm

    “The humanitarian gate opens only at 06:15”

    Humanitarian Queue:

    A difficult Friday, with long lines, elderly men and women and sick people crowded between the bars. The “humanitarian lane” is closed.

    Why isn’t the humanitarian lane open on Fridays?
    8:40 Unlike ordinary Fridays, today we found three long lines of people who had been waiting under the canopy for a long time – an hour and a half, we were told (even before they reach the revolving gates). Three lanes are open.
    An old man is jammed into the line between the bars, bent over, leaning on his cane, weak, sick. He turns to us angrily, insulted. He’s crying. He gets stuck inside the revolving gate when the next clump of people tries to go through. Hangs on the bars. A heartbreaking sight.
    Old and ill people continued to arrive the entire time we were there; they were forced to wait on line for a long time. Others waiting allow them to move to the head of the line; the coffee-seller offers them his chair. Some bring folding chairs with them – they’ve been here before.

    The Jewish Humanitarian State of Israel at it’s best !!!!!!!!

    Why not send doctors to the “humanitarian” gate?

    Turn the “humanitarian” gate in to a hospital?

    And send ambulances out to help the new indians/jews/un-people they occupy?

    They could at least send veterinarians to help the “un-people” they treat like dogs…

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