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Catch Me, 2007

Israel imposes a tight siege on the West Bank . Palestinians are forbidden to enter Israel without a permit, but permits are rarely given. Many Palestinians are forced to sneak into Israe...
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Palestinians with work permits must arrive at checkpoints before dawn, undergo humiliating inspection

More than 30,000 Palestinians have permits to work in Israel, and may enter the country by crossing any one of eleven checkpoints. Three checkpoints are located in the southern West Bank,...
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Night vigils at Tarqumya checkpoint, 2007

In late 2007, Israel closed the Jaba' and Husan crossings to Palestinian workers, leaving only three crossings for their use: Tarqumya Checkpoint, Checkpoint 300, located north of Bethleh...
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Following B'Tselem's intervention, army opens investigation into vandalism in southern Hebron hills and suspends suspected officers

On 12 and 13 October, B'Tselem documented eight vehicles owned by Palestinians that had been vandalized, apparently by soldiers, near Jenbah in the southern Hebron hills. The vehicles, wh...

Najah al-Katnani, 55, a mother of nine from Gaza City, describes being cut off from her family in the West Bank

Najah al-Qatnani in her home in Gaza City. Photo: Olfat al-Kurd, B'Tselem, 2 Aug. 2017 I was born and raised in al-Jalazun refugee camp in the West Bank. My sister introduced me to my husband, and we

J.'A. works in Israel without a permit and lives in fear of the police; he prays to get through unscathed every time he undertakes the perilous journey from home to work,

Palestinian workers run through gap in Separation Barrier, southern West Bank. Photo: ‘Ammar ‘Awad, Reuters, 6 July 2013. Click on photo to enlarge I live in Beit Ula in the Hebron District of the Wes

M.D., a certified nurse who works as a plasterer, sleeps on a mattress at the construction site, with no heat or facilities

Tarqumya Checkpoint, 9 June 2013. Photo: Haaretz. I live in the village of Beit Ula, which is in the Hebron District [the West Bank]. I work as a plasterer in the city of Beersheba, Israel. I have a d

Despite having an Israeli work permit, ‘O.Kh. doesn’t return home all week due to tough conditions and long lines at the checkpoint

Photo by Ron Amir, 2012, from a series depicting the lives of Palestinians working in Israel. I live in Hebron with my wife and three children. Our eldest boy is seven years old. I have a permit to wo

Lacking an Israeli work permit, A.H. remains confined for weeks at the construction site where he works

Photo by Ron Amir, 2012, from a series depicting the lives of Palestinians working in Israel. I live in Al-Fawar Refugee Camp in the West Bank, south of the city of Hebron. I work in construction in I

Testimony: Exploitation of Palestinian laborers working in settlements in the Jordan Valley, November 2010

I live in al-Jiftlik. I finished high school last year and began to study at al-Quds Open University in Nablus. To finance my studies, I have been working as a seasonal agricultural laborer. There is