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Checkpoint - every day life in Israel - Documentary

Checkpoint (original title: Machssomim) is a 2003 documentary film by
Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir, showing the everyday interaction between
Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians at several of the regions
Israel Defence Forces checkpoints. The film won five awards at various
film festivals, including Best International Documentary at the Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Dozens of checkpoints
lie scattered throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, manned by the
Israeli Defence Forces. Thousands of Palestinians pass through them
every day, making them one of the major meeting points between both
sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many different encounters
occur at these checkpoints each and every day, revealing a reality with
its own rules and regulations, a reality that has a destructive impact
on both societies.

Filmed over two years, 'Checkpoint' depicts
the harsh and banal routine of these crossing points and documents the
day-to-day situations that form a microcosm of the situation. The
cameras film in a pure and non-manipulative manner so that the viewer
feels part of the experience of 'checkpoint culture'. The film is an
attempt to show the more human side of the situation, and, as with any
such depiction, will show all aspects of the human condition - from the
'jobsworth' IDF recruits refusing to allow any variation from their
'orders', from the most obnoxious of members of the border security
police at the Bethlehem checkpoint through to the very humane IDF
soldier at the Nablus South checkpoint, we are presented with young men
who are ultimately responsible for the overseeing of their country's
security. Balanced by this is the terrible plight of how the situation
affects 'ordinary' Palestinians. An ambulance stopped and searched,
ditto a school bus - both will ensure a lot of anger at such depictions -
until it is understood that both modes of transport have been used in
the past for the carrying of explosives. It does not alter the impact on
the Palestinians themselves - the checkpoints are mostly unacceptable.
BUt the film at least humanises the process and delves behind some of
the headline news.


Added: Sep-4-2012 Occurred On: Sep-4-2012
By: CptSpaulding
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Other Middle East
Tags: Israel, war, idf
Location: Israel (load item map)
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  • If you Palestinians made an attempt to end the Intifada and dismantle / arrest terrorists organizations you wouldn't have to live like this. As long as you all chant death to Jews and Israel be thankful you're even given this much freedom.

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  • if you treat everyone, even children, as terrorists it's little wonder that most will begin to resent and then become hostile towards those who treat them this way. does the security of a few really justify the indignity of a whole people?

    wasnt this the way the jews were treated in europe not so long ago? will these people be forced to wear a crescent moon on their sleeves soon? this insane situation is modern humanity's great shame and it's a problem that needs a permanent solution

    cue the More..

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    • @nooneathome

      You ignore (or simply not familier) with the context:

      During the 90's Israel left most of the Palestinian areas in order to settle the conflict, like you did in Ireland.

      The result was the outbreak of long wave of suicide and terror attacks for long years all over Israel, and Israel had no choice but to return to the areas it left and start with the checkpoints policy.

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    • @aydeo
      Israel had no choice but to return to the areas it left and start with the checkpoints policy.
      sounds like problem, reaction, solution tactics again. why not checkpoint perimeter areas around your area and theirs. why check point within their area.

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    • @thoth1

      I agree. Thats how it should be now, but back then (2001-2006) it was an actual war, with shooting and terror attacks each and every day (Not just in the WB, but all across Israel), so as part of the security offensive dozens of checkpoints were established all across the West bank.

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  • Id imagine the majority of soldiers are fed up with it... (after watching abit more of the footage, some of those soldiers did seem wankers for no apparent reason.

    Would rather just get along with folk no matter what their creed.

    It's a bit like it was here in Northern Ireland, but we realised religion wasn't worth fighting for, now a few years later we all get on as best of friends N,S,E or W. Brit or Irish no one cares, As a result the economic and social enhances are a 1000 fold. (Not to More..

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    • @Patrick Hodgins

      During the 90's Israel left most of the Palestinian areas in order to settle the conflict, like you did in Ireland.

      The result was the outbreak of long wave of suicide and terror attacks for long years all over Israel, and Israel had no choice but to return to the areas it left and start with the checkpoints policy.

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  • It's important to see the human element to religious/cultural conflicts. It's about time this gets settled.

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  • In 2003 suicide and other terror attacks were a routine, there were much more checkpoints than today and many restrictions.

    I myself witnessed a suicide attack in 2003, back then it was almost like Iraq (Or Syria today)..

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  • Nazis

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  • This is thorougly sickening. These soilders are making life difficult for these people on purpose because they are filled with hatred. Pigs.

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  • what this has created for the children on both sides , hatered beyond all

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  • and they cried when that was being done to them. Pure evil because they have no excuse, they felt the pain and now they are inflicting it without any remorse.

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  • I thought the DMV sucked

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  • Boohoo!

    It wouldnt be so difficult for them if they didnt support terrorism and try to send suicide bombers every chance they got. This is like hearing muslims complain about airport security. They are a bunch of whiny cry babies who can only kill the defenseless then cry when the defenseless fight back.

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  • meanwhile in the reality "Palestinian throws bag of bombs at checkpoint"
    http://www.i4u.com/2012/09/bombs-through-palestinian-transfer-checkpoint-pipe-attempted

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  • i've never had a problem

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