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Machsom: mornings at Checkpoint 300

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Checkpoint 300, or the Gilo Checkpoint, blocks the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem for Palestinians. Since the 1990s, the checkpoint has evolved from a couple of soldiers at a roadblock to a terminal complete with full body turnstiles and biometric data checking. Another node in Israel’s ‘matrix of control’ in the West Bank, many western tourists pass through the vehicle gate of the checkpoint on day trips to visit the holy sites in Bethlehem. However, very few see the experiences of Palestinian workers there in the early hours of the morning. In early 2016, I spent many mornings at this checkpoint observing and recording the treatment of Palestinian workers. Here is what I saw.

Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan is a freelance photographer from Sydney, Australia.

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  1. DavidDaoud on November 2, 2017, 9:31 am

    My thanks to Peter Morgan for all the work he put into making this video and to you for posting it on YouTube.

  2. gamal on November 4, 2017, 7:34 pm

    This is really for Annie but also let the ghetto speak, let me tell you seriously if you have good equipment, listen to the wisdom of the ghetto,

    alpha and omega with the steppa

    Unrelenting force

    let me tell you, i have massive and sophisticated equipment, but let me tell you if have a stiff drink, marijuana is kind of mandatory, sorry, and listen to this wisdom, it may be base heavy, but at least listen up to “9 years of war”, to “set animals free”, to the voice of the despised, if you listen to the whole album you will be black, bretheren and sisteren, to the masters of ghetto music, the base will heal you.

  3. MHughes976 on November 5, 2017, 12:57 pm

    Even the number 300 is mildly terrifying. Are there 300 and more of these horrible places?

    • oldgeezer on November 5, 2017, 2:49 pm


      Way more than 300 actually. Last number I saw was >600. Closer to 700 iirc

    • Mooser on November 5, 2017, 3:02 pm

      ” Are there 300 and more of these horrible places?”

      And all conveniently located at popular crossing-points.

  4. jd65 on November 6, 2017, 11:33 am

    Excellent work, Peter.

  5. hellsbells on January 27, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Nice work. Great example of when B&W beats color in getting a point across.

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