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Reference : V-F-CR-F-00945-D
Date : 05/2007
Country/Region : PALESTINE; WEST BANK
Title : The school day starts at a military checkpoint for Palestinian youngsters in Azzun'Atma
Duration : 00:06:36
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
LOUIS, Virginie
Cameraman : PENTUCCI, Alain
Description : 16 year old Abdel Rahim Na-Thmi Sheik lives in the village of Azzun’Atma. The village is close to the West Bank Barrier which divides the village from the Israeli Settlement of Sha’are Tiqva. To get to school each day, Abdel and over 150 other secondary school students and teachers from Beit Amin High School have to cross the barrier, passing through a heavily armed military checkpoint. It is sometimes a slow and painful process. The students have their identity papers and bags checked every time they cross. Sometimes they are held up and questioned. Things got worse when the Israeli authorities set up a new building with an X -ray machine. The queue of people got far longer as the school students had to wait
each morning alongside people going to work, traders and farmers. The students staged
a sit-in and managed to get the procedure relaxed with a system of student cards. The staff confirm that once at school, it is difficult for the students to settle down to class: “students have to queue for a long time, and arrive frustrated and sometimes they get angry against the situation.” says Mohammed Omar Marabe.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : The school day starts at a military checkpoint for Palestinian youngsters in Azzun'Atma
Colour/B&W : colour
Original material/format : DVCam
Best material/format available : DVCam

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