Inside Checkpoint 300

Published on
June 4, 2019

For her PhD research, Alexandra Rijke spent hours and days on end at one of Israel's main terminal checkpoints inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which have been designed to control the daily movements of Palestinians.

Her open access paper - Inside Checkpoint 300: Checkpoint Regimes as Spatial Political Technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is now online.

She used a combination of participant observation and interviews to explore the everyday experiences of Palestinians who are coping with the Israeli state's 'architecture of occupation'.

Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem is one of the busiest checkpoints in Occupied Palestinian Territories, with some 15,000 Palestinians passing through it every morning.

In this video, she talks about how Palestinian commuters engage with checkpoint managers and non-human control devices such as turnstiles, metal detectors and x-ray machines.