8 October 2018, Jerusalem, Occupied Palestinian Territories: A man sells bread and eggs on the Palestinian side of the checkpoint – breakfast for some, lunchbox material for others. Qalandiya is the main checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Jerusalem, where thousands upon thousands of Palestinians try to make their way to Jerusalem each day. Ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) from the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI) visit regularly in the early mornings. Their task is to be an international presence and to show solidarity, offer basic support to anyone denied passage, and collect documentation of the situation at the checkpoint. EAs’ reports feed into the UN system, providing ongoing monitoring of the human rights situation in Israel and Palestine.
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- Qalandiya Checkpoint, Jerusalem, October 2018