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Checkpoints and closures near Ramallah after Israeli officer stabbed
Published Monday 23/12/2013 (updated) 25/12/2013 12:58
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces tightened security procedures in the central West Bank on Monday evening after an Israeli security officer was stabbed by an unidentified attacker in a nearby settlement.

Israeli forces closed a checkpoint near the Palestinian village of Jaba southeast of Ramallah to Palestinian cars after reports of a stabbing in Geva Binyamin settlement.

The closure caused major delays for Palestinian commuters on one of the West Bank's busiest north-south roads, although Jewish settlers traveling on the roads were free to pass through the checkpoints.

The Palestinian liaison department told Ma'an that Israeli troops closed the checkpoint between Jaba and Ramallah to Palestinian vehicles for more than two hours. As a result, hundreds of Palestinian vehicles were lined up in both directions unable to travel to Ramallah or to Bethlehem.

Liaison officers added that Israeli forces also erected a flying checkpoint in a mountainous area north of Jericho, inspecting all Palestinian vehicles traveling in the area.

A Ma'an reporter, who was caught traveling from Ramallah to Bethlehem, confirmed that the three-way intersection near the village of Jaba was closed to Palestinian vehicles creating a heavy traffic jam.

Israeli forces maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open exclusively to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Paul / Kenya
23/12/2013 21:43
You forgot to mention that he was stabbed in the back by this very brave palestinian.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
23/12/2013 21:50
Hey - I believe in the legitimate resistance to 2000 years of Arab occupation (ok, I admit the Arabs were preceded by the Brits, Ottomans, Byzantines, Mamalukes, Crusaders, Romans, Greeks, etc). By definition of "resistance", this means I can go stick a big sharp knife into a Palestinian cop who is occupying my homeland. I can blow up busloads of Palestinian settlers, and I can blow up a restaurant full of Palestinians. Legitimate acts of resistance, right? Wrong. Not even I believe that crap.

3 ) Marie / Palestine
23/12/2013 23:33
Hey Brian, with the money your are getting paid to sit and repeat the same scurvy, unstantiated and recycled remarks, you should buy a respectable history book and educated yourself and be free, once and for all, from Israel-Zionist indoctrination and propaganda.

4 ) matt / usa
23/12/2013 23:40
false flag.

5 ) ani ma'amin / UK
23/12/2013 23:44
Can we have an update after Christmas, if their cars are still in that traffic jam at the checkpoint?

6 ) Eyeroll / Samaria
24/12/2013 00:23
Go tell it to the settlers, Brian.

7 ) Hetty / The Netherlands
24/12/2013 00:51
You must be joking nr.2. The number of innocent people murdered by the occupying power is immense. No need to compare, it's clear. And nr. 1: remember the bombs dropped on innocent people by these "brave" F-16 pilots who go sleep afterwards, without any punity? There is an endless weekly list of all atrocities done by the IOF. Terrorising people day in day out. I admire the restraint the Palestinian people have. But justice will be done, soon.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:16
To Brian Cohen #2: 'Hey - I believe in the legitimate resistance to 2000 years of Arab occupation...' Now you're just retreating into drivel even you must realize is false. The land has had many rulers. The inhabitants have always been the same Palestinians that are there today.

9 ) Blake / UK
24/12/2013 07:05
Occupiers are never welcome anywhere. Ignore the obvious. Am surprised you let these propagandists pass moderation. Their websites never let the truth get through.

10 ) Sean / jerusalem
24/12/2013 09:37
well, whoever "occupies" must give all people equal rights and justice. Unfortunately, neither the Arabs nor the Israelis historically gave equal treatment to their subjects... The Romans, on the other hand, were much more open in governance and believed in equality among all, kinda like the USA today "all men (i.e. men and women) were created EQUAL. Arabs look at other ethnicities and religions as non-equal and jews perceive others as non-equals..... A Civil State is 4 ALL its residents

11 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
24/12/2013 10:02
Hey Hetty - when's the last time an F16 dropped a bomb on "innocent people". Please send a link. You seem to be on the Pallywood payroll and not reading the newspapers. And Colin, thanks for the justification of my statement - the same Palestinian Jews are here today. Actually, your comment is so factually wrong as to be laughable. And Blake, how can I be occupying a place if my people come from here like Colin confirmed? Bottom line. Pal stuck a knife into an Israeli and you all applaud.

12 ) Amanda / Usa
24/12/2013 10:40
Last I remember he's really living in Israel existed in history till today it, it is impossible to erase the past history, Israel has every right to be where it's at and the resistance can be used from both sides!!

13 ) Hetty / the Netherlands
24/12/2013 10:40
At least 3,608 Palestinians in the West Bank were injured in confrontations with Israeli forces this year, according to the findings of a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). At least 145 Palestinians were injured in 91 attacks by Jewish settlers from January to November in 2013, according to the figures of the UN agency. According to the OCHA, there were also 300 attacks that targeted Palestinian-owned property and land. Injuries, not the numbers killed.

14 ) spb / us
24/12/2013 21:48
Nothing but the best for my pals

15 ) spb / us
25/12/2013 16:16
This is good. This is how people mingle
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