How many checkpoints do you have to pass through to go to your place of
worship? How many would you be happy/willing to go through? Or, would
you give up going to that particular place of worship and go somewhere
Here in Hebron, Muslim worshippers going to the Ibrahimi Mosque have to
pass through at least two, often three or more, Israeli military
checkpoints. Palestinians coming from the south or southwest areas of
Hebron must first pass through a checkpoint that includes a metal
detector. Then, 250 yards further along the road, they must pass
through another checkpoint, where soldiers may stop them and ask for
their ID. Sometimes the Israeli military will allow them to pass,
sometimes not, and sometimes they will have to undergo a body search.
Then, 100 yards further along, at the entrance to the mosque, they will
have to pass through another checkpoint and metal detector, again
staffed by Israeli military. At this checkpoint, worshippers may again
face demands for their ID and have to wait for a time.