When I leave the house in the early morning I don't know what awaits me, but I know for sure that I have to adjust my life to suit the checkpoint.
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Trying to achieve peace in Israel without addressing the past is akin to trying to find a cure for cancer by treating the symptoms without ever considering why the cancer developed in the first place.
The checkpoints inside the West Bank are not stopping those Palestinians who are determined to enter Israel.
Traveling through Israel and the West Bank is an especially unpredictable experience for me. The Israeli soldiers who patrol the checkpoints can choose to treat me as either an American or as a Palestinian.
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