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USAID Funds Israeli Occupation Forces
Checkpoint Upgrade in the West Bank
Published today (updated) 13/11/2009 13:08
Bethlehem - Ma'an -
Vehicles will soon be permitted to traverse Israel's northernmost
military checkpoint separating the Jenin area from Palestinian
communities in Nazareth and the agricultural zone to the north, an
Israeli government press release said Wednesday.
The change in
status of the military checkpoint, according to the release, was due to
an upgrade in the military facility funded by USAID.
spends three billion shekels per year on upgrading and maintaining its
military infrastructure in the West Bank, including an expansive
renovation of the Huwwara military checkpoint inside the West Bank,
which was dismantled only months after it was installed. More permanent
infrastructure was also installed at the Container checkpoint between
Bethlehem and Ramallah, while renovations and adjustments were recorded
at Israeli roadblocks across the West Bank.
The opening of the
upgraded crossing was attended by the Israeli occupation government vice
prime minister and minister for Regional Development, Silvan Shalom,
Israeli minister of Minority Affairs, Avishay Braverman, Special Envoy
to the Middle East Quartet, Tony Blair, and several other Israeli
officials and USAID representatives. At least two Palestinian officials,
head of the Gilboa village council and Jenin governor, were present at
Israel is not on the list of countries supported by
The government of Israel press release said
"speakers praised the outstanding cooperation that made the upgrade
possible" and noted Blair stressed the symbolic significance of the
Governor of Jenin Moussa Kadoura said vehicle access
would help the local economy, but expressed his hope that the crossing
would soon be open to free passage of both sides. As it stands,
Palestinians in Jenin without permits from the Israeli government are
prohibited from accessing the crossing, or entering into Israel to visit
Palestinian communities to the north of the West Bank.
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