The occupation continues on closing Al-Ram checkpoint in Occupied Jerusalem

The occupation continues on closing Al-Ram checkpoint in Occupied Jerusalem


  • Violation: closing AL-Ram Checkpoint for the third day in row
  • Location:  east Al-Ram town- Jerusalem
  • Date: February 18, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces


 For the third day in row, Al-Ram checkpoint is still closed where neither entry nor exist from and to the town is allowed by the occupation army. Not only, humanitarian cases like ambulances moving sick and injured people are banned to head to Ramallah to receive medical care. Same case applies on university students and employees.

Photos 1-2:  a traffic jam due to the closure of Al-Ram checkpoint

It should be marked that Al-Ram checkpoint was set up in the after night of second Intifada of 2000. It is considered one of 572 checkpoints set up all over the areas of the West bank.

The checkpoint is reported to link Al-Ram to the southern part of the West Bank through the bypass road number 60, not mentioning its importance as an entrance to Ramallah city. The closure is believed to create a massive and daily traffic jam and to hinder employees and students from reaching their destinations. This will cause residents to take substitute and more lengthy and tiring roads to their daily affairs.

Land Research Center sees closures as a restriction to the right to movement and that it contradicts with all international conventions of related  such like :

The Universal Declaration of Human rights1948:

  • Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
  • Article 13:
  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  • (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:

  • Article 7 prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.
  •  Article 9 recognizes the rights to liberty and security of the person. It prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention, requires any deprivation of liberty to be according to law, and obliges parties to allow those deprived of their liberty to challenge their imprisonment through the courts



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Closure