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IDF removes many roadblocks and checkpoints

I don't like the wall. Walls and fences are barriers to people interacting. I would like to see people interacting peacefully. But the suicide bombers of the West Bank have made that impossible. So Israel has built a wall/fence. It is there to stop the violence and stop the killing. Apparently it is working. This has reduced the need for many of the roadblocks and checkpoints that have been so vigorously opposed by lots of local activists.
Here is the IDF report on the removal of those checkpoints. It doesn't mention the role played by Israel's security barrier and anti-sniper wall, but statistics show the barrier and the IDF policy of targeting terrorist leaders has brought about a steep decline in the number of attacks on Israelis civilians. Less attacks mean less death. That's a good thing, right?
Tuesday 15/06/2004 10:06 from: the IDF website

As part of IDF efforts to differentiate between Palestinian terrorists and the civilian Palestinian population, the IDF, in joint cooperation with the Civil Administration of Government Activities in the territories, is implementing various measures in order to ease daily life of the civilian population.

Recent steps include the removal of dozens of barriers in the West Bank, facilitating open vehicle passage along the main routes between West Bank towns and villages, as well as easing the encirclement around Nablus and facilitating more bus lines through the West Bank.

These measures are part and parcel of the ongoing measures taken by the IDF throughout the year in an attempt to make a clear distinction between the terrorists who hide among civilians and those not involved in terror.

The IDF efforts to improve the daily life of the Palestinian population will continue in accordance with security assessments providing they do not harbor terrorism and are not involved in attacking Israeli citizens.

The removal of these barriers enables open movement for both vehicles and pedestrians, thus creating easier conditions for many villages around the West Bank, including:

The opening of the Eiyn Bidan barrier which prevented the movement of vehicles on the Nablus-Jordan Valley road.
Amtin, Atzira A-Qabliya, Orif, Beita A-Tachta, Majdel Bani Fadel, Juirsh and Kablan in the Nablus area.

The opening of a barrier which blocked vehicle movement along the Nablus- Tulkarm road.
The village of Ramin in the Tulkarm area.
The villages of Laqef, Azun and Dir Balut in the Qalqiliya area.
The adjoining of the villages of Turmus-Iya and Sanjil in the Ramllah area, creating a single entity.
The movement of vehicles from Bethlehem to Route 60 (the "X" junction).
The villages of Beit Umar, Idna and Yata in the area of Hebron.

In addition, starting this morning, June 14 2004, easements regarding the encirclement imposed on Nablus will be implemented, preventing only the passage of men between the ages of 16 and 30, compared to 16-35 until today. In addition, the traffic route between Nablus and Ein Bidan will be opened for vehicle and pedestrian passage.

Additional easements along the encirclement imposed on Nablus are considered, in conjunction with the security status in the city.

The number of buses used for the benefit of the Palestinian population transporting between different cities in the West Bank was expanded over the past two weeks. Permanent bus lines operate in this framework, with two additional lines to begin operating in the coming days, compared with 26 permanent lines last month. Approximately 800,000 Palestinians have used these bus lines since the beginning of this year.

These easements are a part of an ongoing process during which the imposition of curfews on Palestinian cities has stopped, most of the permanent encirclements around Palestinian cities were removed and checkpoints were removed as well.

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