Inhuman conditions for Palestinian workers entering Israel: Checkpoint 300, June 2016

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July 2016
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Musa Abu Hashash

Of some 100,000 Palestinians who work in Israel daily, 63,000 have permits and can enter Israel via one of 11 checkpoints. This past June, during the fast of Ramadan, B’Tselem again documented the rough conditions at two of the checkpoints: 300 and Qalandia. Even during Ramadan, when workers fast all day, conditions at the checkpoints mean they are forced to leave for work in the dead of night, wait in long lines, and often sleep where they work, seeing their families only on weekends. This is not a necessary evil but a deliberate choice by the Israeli authorities. Whatever the reasoning for the choice, it is an unconscionable and unacceptable one.