Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank are a mean to prevent, control and filter Palestinians’ movement on their lands. They also constitute a good reaction to the political situation: when the conflict is particularly tensed, they are used as much as a “risk control” as a way to oppress Palestinians and limit or dissuade their movements.
Several types of checkpoints exist. Those that are set on the line of the Wall imply a control of every vehicle and every pedestrian (buses’ customers are requested to go off and walk), their goods, their passports, permits etc. Some other checkpoints are spread all over the West Bank (mostly at every entrance of cities) and control a more or less important amount of vehicles depending on the soldiers’ mood and orders.