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The large numbers of Palestinians passing through and the occasional long delays mean that many checkpoints and roadblocks have developed their own economies.

It is not unusual to see market stalls and fast food sellers clustered around the Palestinian side of the checkpoint where the economic situation is weaker and the wait is longer.

For example, at the main checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, Kalandia, there are stalls selling shoes and toys, and an old lady who sells caged songbirds, as well as the more common fruit and vegetable stalls.

In summer the most important purveyors of goods are the drinks sellers, carrying ice-cold soft drinks and water to sustain customers who may have had to walk some distance in the blazing sun.


Ahmed Musa makes about 15 shekels ($3) a day selling bottles of chilled water for two shekels each at the Surda checkpoint on the north side of Ramallah.

It is not regular work. Few people seem interested in purchasing his wares. He told BBC News Online that the crossing is often closed and if there is trouble he and the other hawkers are the first to be moved on by the Israeli soldiers.

He says the tension usually starts when young Palestinian boys throw stones at Israeli jeeps and that the soldiers frequently use CS gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

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