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Qalandia checkpoint a bottleneck for West Bank traffic
Published Thursday 28/02/2013 (updated) 02/03/2013 11:05
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Thousands of Palestinians who travel back and forth from the southern West Bank to the central city of Ramallah spend hours every day in traffic in a space only two kilometers wide - the Qalandiya checkpoint.

The Israeli terminal, to the south of Ramallah, stands between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

It happens to be on the main road linking Ramallah with the southern West Bank districts of Bethlehem and Hebron. As a result, employees who work in Ramallah, students at Birzeit University, and others who need to visit family members and friends have to go through a very heavy traffic jam as they arrive at the Qalandiya checkpoint area.

Ma’an TV documented a typical scene at the West Bank bottleneck.



“The main reason of the traffic jam is the lack of road traffic control,” says one resident.

“Secondly, the road is too narrow to take all this traffic, and so the Palestinian Authority should find an alternative. However, the PA doesn’t care at all, simply because ministers do not use this route as they use the DCO (District Coordination Office) route.

“If a minister travels on this route and gets stranded for two or three hours, he will eventually consider looking for an alternative. But, since they don’t use this route, the don’t worry about the people.”
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1 ) Dividing Up / Palestine
01/03/2013 15:35
The British gave 80% of the Palestine Mandate to TransJordan in 1921, and
later traded the water-rich Golan for oil-rich Mosul to the French in 1923.
Then the Arab initiated war of 1948 resulted in what remained of the British Mandate of Palestine being divided among three states, with:
- Gaza to Egypt, - West Bank to Jordan, & - the rest to Israel.
Then East Jerusalem, Jordan valley, etc. became (temporarily) Israel's,
with the 1993 Oslo Accords, and this is just the latest division!

2 ) Traffic / Jam
01/03/2013 16:31
They should consider camel-pool.

3 ) Rami / Palestine
03/03/2013 08:53
#2 You're not racist at all. Go breed with a camel, I'm sure its all you could attract. Moving on, even if the PA Ministry of Transportation decided to do something about the bottleneck at Qalandia, they wouldn't be able to because any infrastructure work to the road needs to be done in front of Qalandia checkpoint and that needs Israeli approval which will never happen. Additionally, the road would be wider if the Israelis removed the stone barricades the put up along the road.
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