Saturday February 15, Old City, Al Khalil
Israeli soldiers and police today entered a residential Palestinian neighborhood in the Old City of Hebron, established a “flying checkpoint,” and began randomly stopping Palestinian drivers. The soldiers slowed traffic on the narrow closed streets of the neighborhood, forced drivers to allow their cars, trunks and engines to be searched, and checked the ID’s of drivers and passengers.
Since the early l990’s Israel has restricted movement of Palestinians in the West Bank. Methods of restriction include permanent and “flying” checkpoints, turnstiles, restricted roads and road closures.
Under International human rights law Israel, as an occupying power, is required to respect the of civilians to freedom of movement. This right is recognized in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The loss of freedom of movement also results in the loss of other internationally recognized human rights, specified thy the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. These include the right to work, the right to health, the right to education and the right to protection of family life.