Israeli and Palestinians
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|Stephen M. Flatow||January 20th 2017|
Remember John Howard Griffin’s 1961 book “Black Like Me,” about a white journalist who posed as an African-American in order to experience what life was like for blacks in the South? An American journalist recently undertook a Palestinian version of that experiment.
Hearing complaints about Israeli checkpoints that supposedly restrict the movement of Arabs in Judea and Samaria, filmmaker Ami Horowitz of Fox News decided to see for himself. He hired a Palestinian driver and, traveling in a car with Palestinian license plates, they drove “throughout the West Bank.” How often did Israeli troops interrupt their journey? “We were never stopped,” Horowitz reported.
Next he decided to see what it’s like for Palestinians crossing at the checkpoints that separate Israel from Palestinian Authority-controlled areas.
One was the Kalandia checkpoint. It’s the last defense line for Jerusalem—the final point at which Israeli soldiers can check to make sure that Palestinians are not smuggling bombs, guns or knives into Israel’s capital. One would expect there to be long lines and complicated searches that would make the lives of Palestinian travelers difficult. But that wasn’t the case at all.