Israeli army seal off major northern West Bank checkpoint

JENIN– Israeli army today sealed off the major Jalameh checkpoint, northeast of Jenin city, according to local and security sources.

They said that the soldiers closed the permanently-staffed Jalameh checkpoint, preventing Palestinian citizens of Israel from entering the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The checkpoint is usually closed to Palestinians, except for East Jerusalem residents and Palestinians with entry permits into Israel. They are permitted to cross only on foot. It is also closed to Israelis, with the exception of Palestinians who are Israeli citizens. It is also used for transporting goods between the occupied West Bank and Israel using the “back-to-back” method.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening, Israeli settlers, under army protection, closed the main entrance of Nilin town, west of Ramallah.

Israeli severely restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 100 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads and various other physical obstructions.

Closures besides to other measures, taken under the guise of security, are intended to entrench Israel’s 51-year-old military occupation of the West Bank and its settler colonial project which it enforces with routine and frequently deadly violence against Palestinians.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency