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Machsom Watch

December 1, 2011

The wall, the fence, the barrier. Whatever you call it, the structure built over the past 10 years to separate Israel and the West Bank also separates many Palestinians from their places of work, their land, their family members. And the checkpoints Palestinians must pass through to get from one side to the other have become points of tension. The women of Machsom Watch (machsom is the Hebrew word for barrier) observe these checkpoints to make sure that the Israeli soldiers guarding them treat the Palestinians trying to pass in a humane manner.