Palestinian sources reported on Tuesday that the Israeli army has decided to remove one of the many Israeli military checkpoints between the southern West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Hebron.
The checkpoint in question is known to the Palestinians as Al Nashash, and was installed south of Bethlehem six years ago to restrict the movement of Palestinian civilians between the two cities.
In the past six years the Israeli forces working in the West Bank have installed more than 300 hundred military checkpoints separating Palestinian communities from each other.
At these checkpoints Palestinian civilians are usually subjected to daily humiliation by the Israeli soldiers’ procedures. For example, soldiers have been known to force people to strip naked, drink their urine or even play music to entertain the soldiers in order to pass the checkpoint.
Many Palestinians have died as they wait at these checkpoints to pass through to get medical help, or sometimes after being shot by a soldiers standing at the checkpoints.