West Bank Roadblocks
In December 2006, Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert agreed to remove dozens of military
roadblocks and ease security screening of
Palestinian pedestrians and vehicles at 16 main
checkpoints throughout the West Bank in order to
bolster the standing of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
- The travel restrictions were
first imposed after the Palestinian uprising in
- There are currently more than
400 permanent barriers in the West Bank.
- The roadblocks in some areas
can turn a 24-mile journey (Nablus to Ramallah)
from a 30-minute ride into a 4-hour journey.
- Israelis say that the
roadblocks have prevented dozens of attacks on
Jewish targets in the West Bank settlements and
Israel by disrupting the movement of potential
- Palestinians charge that the
travel restrictions are collective punishment
for the crimes of a few.
- They say the roadblocks have
contributed to the West Bank's economic troubles
- And that they have fueled
fears that Israel is carving up the area to
prevent them from gaining independence.