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Restricted Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinians meet for Prayer during a protest against the building of the Wall

Palestinians hold a Catholic mass as a weekly nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, September 7, 2012. If completed as planned, the wall would cut off the Cremisan monastery from the Beit Jala community, blocking access to one of the Bethlehem area's last remaining green spaces, and a source of employment for area residents.

Photo: www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com
The Wall around Jerusalem

The Separation Wall snaking around occupied East Jerusalem and separating it from the rest of the West Bank. 

Photo: Skip Schiel
Two women talk with entering the checkpoint between Bethelehm and Jerusalem.

Two women stop to talk while walking through a long encaged walkway at the entrance to the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. 

Photo: Skip Schiel

Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967.  However, over the last 14 years the draconian system of movement controls used by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory has become increasingly institutionalized and restrictive.  The permit system put in place in the early 1990s which requires that all Palestinians obtain military issued permits to move between the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem or to travel abroad is now complemented by a permanent system of roadblocks, gates, checkpoints, the Wa

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