Inside Checkpoint 300

checkpoint regimes as spatial political technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Alexandra Rijke*, Claudio Minca

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Abstract

As a part of the architecture of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories, the Israeli government introduced in 2005 a series of so-called terminal checkpoints as “neutral border crossings”, to minimise the impact of these barriers on Palestinian lives through a different design and the use of several machines, such as turnstiles and metal detectors. In this article, we analyse terminal Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, framing it as a spatial political technology aimed at controlling the movement of Palestinians. More specifically, we investigate the interactions between Palestinian commuters, Israeli soldiers/security guards and the machines operating inside Checkpoint 300. We conclude by suggesting that Checkpoint 300 is a porous barrier whose regime is produced, reproduced but also challenged by such interactions, and that, despite the new “neutral design”, Checkpoint 300 is a place still filled with tension and violence, often exercised by the machines and their “decisions”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-988
Number of pages21
JournalAntipode
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online date19 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • architecture of occupation
  • checkpoints
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Palestinian mobility
  • spatial political technologies

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