A daily commute

Bethlehem, occupied Palestinian territories
August 2016

In 2002, Israel started to build a 708-km-long wall separating the country from the occupied Palestinian territories. The Israelis argue that the wall has decreased the number of suicide attacks on their soil. Many Palestinians, however, view the barrier as an obstacle to their dream of establishing a viable state of their own. 

About 70,000 Palestinians are allowed to work legally in Israel, most of them working in construction. The have to enter Israel in the early morning and must leave by day’s end.

For thousands of them their entrance point is checkpoint 300 in the wall in Bethlehem. A daily commute for which they have to start queuing up at 4 AM.

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