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Gochia gate, Jordan valley 02.10.12
Photographer:
Oct-2-2012
No representative of the IDF has arrived to open the gate, even though it's the opening hour and despite the promises given by the IDF.
Jordan valley 02.10.12
Photographer:
Oct-2-2012
A Palestinian from one of the villages, farms and markets hot peppers but since there’s not enough of a market for their peppers on the West Bank, they tried their luck here in the Jiftlik. He lives west of the road but tried nevertheless to cross the earth mound erected by the IDF. He was caught by a security patrol of the Beqa’ot settlement, which summoned the army.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 30.10.12
Photographer:
Oct-30-2012
The portable baggage checking vehicle is operating for those traveling east.
Route 5799, Jordan valley 12.07.12
Photographer:
Jul-12-2012
A Toyota pickup truck blocks the road. Palestinians are detained. A soldier proudly informs us of a “battalion run". At the water station dozens of plastic cups scattered on the road. The commander is in a very good mood, promises that everyone is drinking and when it’s over they’ll remove the discarded cups.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 23.07.12
Photographer:
Aug-4-2012
Above the checking posts there is new netting, shading the soldiers and cars crossing east.
Alon road/route 578 06.08.12
Photographer:
Aug-6-2012
On the northern slope of Rotem settlement a new large open sided shelter had been constructed and along the Alon road/route 578 signs were posted, invitations to T’u B’Av in Rotem.
Ma'ale Efrayim checkpoint 08.08.12
Photographer:
Aug-8-2012
18 cars on the roadside are waiting to cross to the West Bank, the soldiers collecting IDs from the passengers. People had already gotten out of the burning hot cars when we arrived, it’s 37 degrees Celsius in the shade but there isn’t any shade. They’ve been waiting more than half an hour. Most of the cars are crowded with laborers returning from working in the settlements’ fields; they began at 5 in the morning, in the sun, and because of the Ramadan fast they didn’t eat or drink. Now they’re stuck here, at the checkpoint. People are very angry, also at us standing helplessly before them. In desperation they’re seeking help, not sympathy…
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 04.09.12
Photographer:
Sep-4-2012
A Palestinian youth was hand cuffed behind his back is put in a military jeep. Chana B. learned that he’s wanted by the blue police.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 04.0912
Photographer:
Sep-4-2012
It is very hot but pupils returning on foot from school in Farush Beit Dajan, to the tents north of the checkpoint tried to take a shortcut through the CP. road but were made to take the road bypassing the checkpoint which is used particularly by pedestrians going west.
Tayasir checkpoint 29.05.12
Photographer:
May-29-2012
The checkpoint is almost empty. It's noon time and in the Jordan valley the temperatures are very high.
Jordan valley 22.05.12
Photographer:
May-22-2012
An excavation west of the embankment, five kilometers north of the Hamra/Beqaot Junction.
Gochia gate 29.05.12
Photographer:
May-29-2012
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 29.05.12
Photographer:
May-29-2012
View of the CP and route 57 from Alon rd/route 578.
Tayasir chekpoint 20.03.12
Photographer:
Mar-20-2012
The banner on the gate hints that the unit which is posted here is the Kfir Brigade. It says: "Welcome Operation 97" and the ultimate slogan follows: "Tomorrow war".
Maskiyot settlement 27.03.12
Photographer:
Mar-27-2012
Above the Alon Road/route 578, the settlement of Maskiyyot is surrounded by a new fence and it looks as if the construction is done.
Al Hamma 29.03.12
Photographer:
Mar-29-2012
On Monday, darkness fell on Khabis Sawaftah’s family. While they were busy with their morning tasks, two bulldozers, 12 vehicles from the Civil Administration, Border Police and about 40 soldiers descended on them, ordering them out of their home. Khabis, his wife and their five children stood 20 meters away, the soldiers standing between them and the house, watching Civil Administration personnel dumping their belongings, sacks of lentils and rice tearing and spilling everywhere. Blankets and mattresses, schoolbooks and clothing. Then in a few minutes the home had been turned into a pile of stones, boards and plastic sheeting.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 10.04.12
Photographer:
Apr-10-2012
A line of eight cars forms from the east, as if it were impossible for nine soldiers simultaneously to inspect a taxi carrying three pieces of luggage and cars crossing in the opposite direction.
Jordan valley 01.05.12
Photographer:
May-1-2012
A fire zone and nature reseve signs. How absurd it is to prohibit grazing in the area is evident, for example, in the Umm Zuka nature reserve, adjoining the Peles army base in the northern Jordan Valley. It encompasses a huge area, with two signs welcoming visitors: “Umm Zuka Nature Reserve” and “Firing Range” Shepherds are not allowed entry to graze their flocks and herds on the neglected vegetation in winter, and in the summer while the army fires there, igniting huge fires among those dry vegetation. There’s not one bird, not one living thing in the nature reserve – it’s all burnt. A visitor to this “nature reserve” is shocked by the neglect and the danger in the combination of a “Nature Reserve” and a military training area. And that’s what’s known, in occupied Palestine - as a Nature Reserve!!!
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 01.05.12
Photographer:
May-1-2012
A soldier takes a post behind the eastern position, resting his weapon on the bags, ready for anything. Y. is sent to the northern corner of the junction (on the right in the “The orders are to protect you because you are Israeli citizens. And for that the checkpoint has been closed!" By now 7-8 cars are waiting to cross.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 01.05.12
Photographer:
May-1-2012
A soldier takes a post behind the eastern position, resting his weapon on the bags, ready for anything. Y. is sent to the northern corner of the junction (on the right in the photo), and the commander, stands next to us and explains “The orders are to protect you because you are Israeli citizens. And for that the checkpoint has been closed!" By now 7-8 cars are waiting to cross.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 10.01.12
Photographer:
Feb-16-2012
Barbed wires were placed at the exit from the checkpoint?!
Ein al Hilwa 22.02.12
Photographer:
Feb-22-2012
We went to see the kindergarten located next to the spring at the Tayasir junction. The kindergarten was established by Jordan Valley Solidarity in a tent surrounded by colorful tires. A., the kindergarten teacher, tells us that going through the Tayasir checkpoint is unpleasant.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 22.02.12
Photographer:
Feb-22-2012
A container has been placed at the site as a waiting room. One of the walls of the container has been removed. It’s remarkably ugly. We assume that this structure, made completely of metal, will be like an oven when the hot summer arrives. The place is filthy and disgusting; the Palestinians aren’t using it even now, although the weather isn’t hot.
Route 90/Gandi road 06.03.12
Photographer:
Mar-6-2012
After the rainy season the land flowers in many colors everywhere. But the tanks and soldiers on maneuvers along the roads ensure that the peaceful landscape, the glorious flowers and the grazing flocks don’t mislead us. This photo was taken next to Bisan CP and Route 90/Gandi Rd.
Route 90/Gandi road 06.03.12
Photographer:
Mar-6-2012
After the rainy season the land flowers in many colors everywhere. But the tanks and soldiers on maneuvers along the roads ensure that the peaceful landscape, the glorious flowers and the grazing flocks don’t mislead us. This photo was taken next to Bisan CP and Route 90/Gandi Rd.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 06.03.12
Photographer:
Mar-6-2012
A vehicle for scanning bags was parking in the checkpoint site, we saw it working when we arrived, a few minutes later its conveyor belt was packed up.
Al Auja 11.09.98
Photographer:
Jan-29-2012
Al Auja the spring which until ten years ago flowed abundantly and provided water via channels to the town of Al Auja, the surrounding localities and the Dead Sea (1/3 to each destination. Rusted dams, blocked channels, and the famous water slide are all ruined, because Israel erected three giant pumping stations nearby and another one higher up the hill, and diverted all the water to the settlements.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 10.01.12
Photographer:
Feb-15-2012
There are usually very few people here at this hour. Today at 06.00 the checkpoint was filled with some 200-250 people waiting on a very long line, many of whom had been there since 4:30 AM. There were always 7-8 people in the building where detainees are held, waiting a for their names to be called and replaced by others. Some went on to their jobs; others were turned back. During the time we were there we counted 11 people who weren’t allowed through the checkpoint and went back.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 10.01.12
Photographer:
Feb-15-2012
Detainees at the checkpoint.
Hamra/Beqaot checkpoint 10.01.12
Photographer:
Feb-15-2012
Palestinian is being detained outside the checkpoint.
Alon road/Route 578 06.12.11
Photographer:
Dec-6-2011
Two teams working west of the section of the road between the settlements of Ro’i and Beqa’ot has two D9 bulldozers and soldiers protecting them. The process: a bulldozer digs and deepens the trench west of the earth mound, a second bulldozer puts the excavated earth on the earth mound, to make it higher.
Alon road/Route 578 06.12.11
Photographer:
Dec-6-2011
Gochia gate 06.12.11
Photographer:
Dec-6-2011
The gate, the earth mound and the trench.
Maskiyot settlement 06.12.11
Photographer:
Dec-6-2011
The fence of Maskiyot settlement, with its light poles, is now below a huge sign reading “Maskiyot". The suspicion that they’re preparing for a new stage of construction seems to be coming true.
Tayasir checkpoint 06.12.11
Photographer:
Dec-6-2011
Detainees at the checkpoint.
Al Auja 13.12.11
Photographer:
Dec-13-2011
Al Auja the spring which until ten years ago flowed abundantly and provided water via channels to the town of Al Auja, the surrounding localities and the Dead Sea (1/3 to each destination). Rusted dams, blocked channels, and the famous water slide are all ruined, because Israel erected three giant pumping stations nearby and another one higher up the hill, and diverted all the water to the settlements.