Palestinian women entering Israel to work complain of sexual harassment on the waiting line inside the Checkpoint

Palestinian women who arrive at the Sha’ar Ephraim checkpoint, south of  Tulkarm  on the way to work inside Israel, report frequent sexual harassment within the area of the checkpoint designated for women only.

Some of the the women who spoke to MAAN and complained about the unbearable situation (they spoke to Wafa Tayara from MAAN on condition of anonymity), dubbed the checkpoint “ma’ata”, a device for plucking the feathers of chickens before slaughter.

According to testimonies we gathered, there are 4 gates in the Checkpoint – three gates are designated for men and one for women. Nevertheless, some men – workers on their way to work in Israel also – join the crowded women’s line in the pre-dawn hours. They take advantage of the darkness and lack of supervision to approach the women, photograph them, touch them against their will, and abuse them verbally. This behavior goes on unchecked within a facility staffed by the Crossing Points Authority of Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

On Tuesday Sep. 6th MAAN sent a letter to the Crossing Points Authority, signed by Wafa Tiara, Women’s Coordinator at MAAN, and Assaf Adiv, the union’s Executive Director. In the letter MAAN demanded that the Manager of the Sha’ar Ephraim Checkpoint take the following steps:

• Place prominent signage that the passage is For Women Only and prohibit men from entering there.

• Place signs prohibiting sexual harassment and making explicit the rights of women.

• Post guards and install cameras.

• Refuse to admit men entering Israel through the women’s gate.

MAAN publicized its appeal to the Israeli Authorities on its Facebook page and also in the local press. In an interview with Radio Nas in Arabic on Sept. 7, Assaf Adiv indicated that women who arrive at the checkpoint in the pre-dawn hours are our sisters and should be respected by co-workers. (a link to the interview in Arabic language is here)

Picture: Muhannad Anati / MAAN


The East Jerusalem Project

Solidarity across borders: residents of East and West Jerusalem work together in crisis and build the foundations of a common future

Jerusalem after October 7 is a city marked by suspicion and fear. The city economy has been hit hard, and many in both the Jewish and Palestinian communities prefer to avoid public spaces. In the immediate days after the war began, checkpoints around the city have been shut, cutting off the Palestinians living in the outskirts of the city. That would be around one third of the city’s residents who are left in a dire economic situation. Amidst this, dozens of organizations – both Jewish and Palestinian – begun working to provide relief. MAAN Workers Association (MAAN) joined the Jerusalem’s civilian Emergency Center, especially the branch set up for the East Jerusalem residents. Together, these organizations in both sides of the city create an enclave of sanity, bringing hope in solidarity.


אנא כתבו את שמכם המלא, טלפון ותיאור קצר של נושא הפנייה, ונציג\ה של מען יחזרו אליכם בהקדם האפשרי.

رجاءً اكتبوا اسمكم الكامل، الهاتف، ووصف قصير حول موضوع توجهكم، ومندوب عن نقابة معًا سيعاود الاتصال بكم لاحقًا

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