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Daily hardship of hundreds of Palestinian workers at Checkpoint 300

March 18, 2019 4:14 P.M. (Updated: March 18, 2019 4:18 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- On a daily basis, dozens of Palestinian workers suffer from tear-gas inhalation while at Checkpoint 300, north of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, as Israeli forces fire tear-gas canisters at hundreds of workers waiting at the checkpoint.

Under Israel’s permit regime, Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access occupied East Jerusalem or Israel without an Israeli-issued permit, and many risk being shot and injured while trying to cross into Israel to work.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.

Workers who hold Israeli entry permits, however, must endure long waits at the Checkpoint 300, one of the only access points Palestinians from the southern West Bank have to Jerusalem and Israel.

High numbers of Palestinians, especially construction laborers, cross through the checkpoint every day, facing frequent overcrowding and often waiting for hours in line due to Israeli security measures.

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