Last updated June 05, 2002   

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Report on the action to protest the checkpoint and closure of Deir Ibzi'a

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What are Checkpoints? 

A checkpoint is a roadblock which is guarded by soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) - the Israeli army in the Palestinian territories.  The purpose of Israeli checkpoints is to control and restrict the movement of Palestinians within the Palestinian Territories, as well as into and out of Israel across the Green Line. There are currently at least 144 Israeli-imposed checkpoints across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with that figure changing often as new checkpoints arise (see maps).

How do Checkpoints violate Human Rights?


  • Constitute a Form of Collective Punishment
  • Deny Freedom of Movement
  • Indiscriminately Inflict Physical Abuse, Harassment, and Humiliation on Palestinian Civilians

Impact of Checkpoints on Palestinian civilians


A roadblock of earth and concrete near Hebron 

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