‘On Wednesday, September 19th, the Israeli authorities closed down the Ras Khamis checkpoint, which serves 65,000 Palestinians and is one of the only two entrances to the Shuafat refugee camp.
The Shuafat refugee camp is already enclosed on three sides by the Apartheid Wall, even though it is actually a part of the Jerusalem Municipality. The closure will force people to walk the extra two kilometers to exit the other remaining crossing leading to Shuafat.
Established on December 11, 20011, the Ras Khamis checkpoint cut off the Shuafat refugee camp, Ras Khamis, and al-Salam suburbs from Jerusalem. The Ras Khamis neighborhood will be isolated from the city with the closure of the Ras Khamis checkpoint and force it residents, around 10,000, to cross the main Shuafat checkpoint instead.’