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Settlers irked by 'tight security' at roadblocks

12:00 Nov 29 2011 Hizma checkpoint

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Settlers say 'strict security checks' at Hizma roadblock causing major delays. Police officials dismiss claims, say delays caused by heavy traffic

Yair Altman for Ynet News



Settlers irked by 'tight security' at roadblocks

Settlers say 'strict security checks' at Hizma roadblock causing major delays. Police officials dismiss claims, say delays caused by heavy traffic

Not just a Palestinian issue: Many settlers have been complaining recently of major delays at West Bank roadblocks.

The complaints prompted National Union Knesset members to look into the matter by visiting the Hizma checkpoint on Tuesday. While the settlers claim they were delayed for no reason, police say the delays were merely the result of heavy traffic.

Settlers from Binyamin are claiming that recent weeks have seen repeated delays at the checkpoints, specifically in the morning hours. Heavy traffic was felt "due to strit security checks which do not spare Israeli citizens," one settler official said.

According to the settlers, Border Guard officers stationed at the checkpoint north of Jerusalem take a long time checking the trunks of their cars while ordering passengers to step out of their vehicles.


MKs Yaakov Katz, Arieh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari visited the Hizma checkpoint Tuesday morning. Settlers claimed that heavy traffic was felt in the area prior to the lawmakers' arrival and having spotted them, Border Guard forces made sure to man all stations and consequently relieved the congestion.
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