Photo: Waiting for the gate to be open. Farmers make fire to keep warm.
Photo: Soldiers open the gate with a delay
Photo: Gate is open. Now the permits will be carefully checked.
Photo: Permits that need to be shown. This time only few farmers are allowed to pass due to West Bank closure imposed because of Gaza war.
Some explanations (source UNOCHA):
- SEAM ZONE - the area that lies between the Barrier and the Green Line in the northern
West Bank, which was declared closed by Israeli military order in 2003.
Palestinians now require permits to either live in or access this area and
passage is permitted only through designated gates in the Barrier.
- GREEN LINE - the 1949 Armistice Line, which serves as the internationally recognized
boundary between Israel and the West Bank.
- SEPARATION BARRIER - a complex series of concrete walls, electronic fences, observation towers, trenches, patrol roads and razor wire constructed by Israel around and in the West Bank. Upon completion, the Barrier will isolate some 9.5% of the West
Bank, including East Jerusalem, while physically connecting it to Israel. In
July 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the route of the Barrier
that lies in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem—some 90% of
the route—is illegal