Israeli troops and Palestinians at the Tarqumiya checkpoint. Amira Hass

Why These Palestinians Are Desperate to Be Declared 'Clean' by Israel

A day spent with Palestinians, as they waited for hours in the wind and rain in the hope that the Shin Bet security service would clear them for the privilege of applying for Israeli work permits

On February 13, a rainy, foggy Tuesday, it was the turn of the Hebron-area village of Beit Awwa to take part in the clean-up operation declared by the Israeli authorities. Starting at 6 A.M., hundreds of men...

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