This is the shocking video footage Machssomim - Israel-Gaza Strip Checkpoint (2003) which simply provides a "fly on the wall" account of various checkpoints on the Palestine-Israel border. Miles from anywhere, people travel frequently, walking long distances, to go to hospitals or to work. The Israeli guards like to 'show them' and routinely harass them by making them stand in the blazing sun, driving rain, or deep snow for many hours (eg up to ten hours) before returning their papers and often sending them home. They are polite, but admit to the cameras that this is how they deal with people - force them to stand in the rain. It could almost be a laid back Palestinian expose of what is happening at the checkpoints except - and here is the double-whammy - it is made by an Israeli, with Israeli funding - and it has been snapped up and promoted by the Israelis in cinemas but also the Palestinians - what is perhaps even more shocking it is now being used by the Israeli forces as training material for their guards. See for yourself the level of harrasment ordinary Palestinians have to endur to simply get from one part to the other of a country which used to belong to them but is still under Israeli occupation. 1h long. long. A must see for everyone.
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