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Checkpoints Take Toll on Palestinians, Israeli Army

At a sandbagged military checkpoint on a bleak patch of asphalt in the West Bank, an Israeli soldier yanked 29-year-old Mohammad Yousef out of a Palestinian ambulance. When Yousef’s medical papers were produced, the soldier waved them off and bellowed, “I wouldn’t let you in even if you brought God here with you!” In long lines nearby, hundreds of Palestinians on foot jammed against a narrow turnstile, each waiting to be allowed to proceed — one by one — through concrete lanes resembling cattle chutes. All males under the age of 30 were turned away. So were all students, male and female. “Open! Open!” a chorus of angry men shouted at the armed Israeli soldiers who controlled the gates holding back the Palestinians. As a thin man with a swath of black stubble across his face squeezed through the turnstile, his 18-month-old toddler became wedged between the bars. “Open it! Open it!” he screamed, cursing at the soldiers and gripping the whimpering child by one arm. Full Story

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