A Palestinian man died inside of an Israeli checkpoint in the northern region of West Bank while he was on his way to work on Sunday.
59-year-old Adel Muhammad Yakoub, a resident of the Palestinian village of Bala, died as a result of extreme overcrowding inside the Ephraim, Taybeh checkpoint, according to non-profit Ma’an News Agency (MNA).
Since the 1990s, the Israeli military has erected hundreds of roadblocks or checkpoints with the stated aim of security and protection of its settlements.
However, these so-called checkpoints are nothing short of cages in which thousands of Palestinians – who wish to travel to Israel for work purposes – are forced to stand everyday for inspection and relevant procedures.
Yousef Maunayyer – Executive Director of The Palestine Center in Washington DC – posted a picture of one of these checkpoint cages on Twitter.
Around 10,000 Palestinian workers cross through these barriers manned by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) every single day, according to MNA. Extremely sluggish inspection procedures and compact spaces cause dangerous levels of overcrowding inside these checkpoints which can even – as seen in Yakoub’s case – lead to death.
The victim is survived by a wife and seven children, aged 11-16.
These complex checkpoint systems and various other physical obstructions on Palestinians are used by the Israeli forces to maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank, MNA noted.
Should anyone have to stand in one of these dehumanizing cages?