07.05.18 | South Hebron Hills, Yatta | Soldier searching car at Zif junction flying checkpoint

Flying Checkpoints

As well as permanent checkpoints, sometimes given the misnomer of ‘terminals’ by Israel, Palestinians must pass undeclared Flying Checkpoints on a daily basis. These can happen anywhere, at any time. Drivers are waved to a stop and asked for their identity papers and the documentation for the vehicle. Their personal details are radioed to a commanding officer who decides whether the person must be detained or not. If the car is found to be improperly registered it is common for the car to be confiscated, or sometimes dismantled, on the spot. At the flying checkpoint shown in the photo, there is an alternative road which may be used by Palestinians if they wish to avoid being stopped: It exits about 30 metres away from the soldiers.