NGO: Israeli checkpoints are ‘cruel and inhuman’

Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint searches the school bag of a Palestinian girl

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A human rights NGO has accused Israel of forcing Palestinians to withstand “cruel and inhuman” conditions at its borders.

The Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, also known as B’Tselem, said even those with legitimate work permits were being made to wait for hours in extremely hot weather.

B’Tselem posted an image on Facebook and said in a statement: “The Palestinians photographed waiting in line have permits that allow them to work in Israel. Such permits are issued only after meticulous security screening.”

“Making people wait in line for hours, in unbearable conditions, highlights the cruel and inhuman aspects of military control over a civilian population.

“The occupation has now entered its 50th year. This glaring injustice has gone on for nearly a half century, aided by ignorance and indifference.”

The image purports to show a checkpoint in the West Bank, between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, in the early hours of the morning. It appears to show a crowd of people tightly packed along a fenced pathway, with some finding respite high along the walls.

Text accompanying the photo reads: “This is what the daily grind of the #‎occupation‬ looks like: It doesn’t necessarily mean the use of weapons or brutality. Just callous and cruel humiliation. For no reason, just because it can be done.”

A spokesperson for the Embassy of Israel in London told the Independent newspaper: “People waiting at checkpoints and security screenings are not an Israeli phenomenon.”

(Source / 08.07.2016)

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There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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