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Jerusalem is known as an open, international, “city of peace.” For millions of Palestinians, however, it is a closed city, virtually unreachable, as unknown and unknowable as the sea. Here we explore closure, Israel’s system that controls movement based on identity and thereby profoundly alters the fabric of the city and its hinterland.

The Story in Numbers

30 Years

Since the first closure of the West Bank and Gaza, and the introduction of the permit regime [1]

14

Checkpoints controlling all access for Palestinians with Palestinian Authority IDs to Jerusalem [2]

26,000

Estimated number of Palestinians who pass through Qalandiya checkpoint, the major access point between Ramallah and Jerusalem, each day [3]

15,000

Estimated number of Palestinians who pass through Checkpoint 300, the major checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, each day [4]

4.6 million

Palestinians living within the occupied West Bank and Gaza who cannot enter Jerusalem without a permit [5]

100+

Types of permits required for Palestinians with Palestinian Authority IDs to move from place to place for every possible life circumstance [6]

0

Types of permits required for Jews with Israeli IDs to move from place to place

500,000+

Palestinians banned permanently from Jerusalem for 1–99 years [7]

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