|Title||Inside Checkpoint 300: Checkpoint Regimes as Spatial Political Technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories|
|Author(s)||Rijke, A.M.; Minca, C.|
|Source||Antipode 51 (2019)3. - ISSN 0066-4812 - p. 968 - 988.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Abstract||As a part of the architecture of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Ter-
ritories, the Israeli government introduced in 2005 a series of so-called terminal check-points as “neutral border crossings”, to minimise the impact of these barriers on Palestinian lives through a different design and the use of several machines, such as turnstiles and metal detectors. In this article, we analyse terminal Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, framing it as a spatial political technology aimed at controlling the movement of Palestinians. More speciﬁcally, we investigate the interactions between Palestinian commuters, Israeli oldiers/security guards and the machines operating inside Checkpoint 300. We conclude by suggesting that Checkpoint 300 is a porous barrier whose regime is produced, reproduced but also challenged by such interactions, and that, despite the new “neutral design”, Checkpoint 300 is a place still ﬁlled with tension and violence, often exercised by the machines and their “decisions”.