The Common Good

'Ramadan Kareem' at Jerusalem Checkpoints?

by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

Palestinian men use a ladder to cross the separation wall at the Palestinian town of  Ar-Ram, North of Jerusalem near Qalandiya checkpoint, in order to enter Jerusalem on the last Friday of Ramadan, August 17, 2012. (photo: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)Palestinian men and children wait in line to pass through Bethlehem checkpoint in order to pray in Jerusalem at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan, August 17, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)A Palestinian woman shows her ID to an Israeli border policeman, with Palestinian security forces in the background, as she crosses to Jerusalem from the Qalandiya checkpoint outside Ramallah, West Bank, July 20, 2012, on the first Friday of Ramadan. (photo: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)Israeli border police detain Palestinian men and boys at the Bethlehem checkpoint on the last Friday of Ramadan, August 17, 2012. (photo: RRB/Activestills.org)An Israeli private security guard watches as Palestinians make their way through the Bethlehem checkpoint to Jerusalem on the fourth Friday of Ramadan, August 10, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)Flanked by Palestinian Authority police in blue camouflage, an Israeli border policeman standing on a shaded platform drinks from a water bottle as Palestinian men—fasting for Ramadan—walk by in the sun at the Bethlehem checkpoint, August 17, 2012. (photo: RRB/Activestills.org)A Palestinian girl passes through Bethlehem checkpoint, accompanied by her father, while another man waits with his ID, on the last Friday of Ramadan, August 17, 2012. (photo: RRB/Activestills.org)Israeli border policemen violently restrain a Palestinian, one of thousands of Palestinians hoping to cross Bethlehem checkpoint to Jerusalem on the fourth Friday of Ramadan, August 10, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)The hands of Palestinian men grip the steel bars that form the pedestrian terminal at the Bethlehem checkpoint on the last Friday of Ramadan, August 17, 2012. (photo: RRB/Activestills.org)A Palestinian woman shows her ID to an Israeli border policeman, while Palestinian security forces stand in the background, as she crosses from the Qalandiya checkpoint on the first Friday of Ramadan, July 20, 2012. (photo: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)