SURKHI QUNBAR | EAST JERUSALEM
Surkhi Qunbar is a small nabourhood, located on the ‘Jerusalem’ side of the West Bank Barrier.
It takes its name from two families that were cut off by the Barrier from the remainder of the neighbourhood of As Sawahira Ash Sharqiya.
Community members cannot freely access the rest of East Jerusalem, and are also severely restricted from accessing the rest of the West Bank.
Recorded in 2014, this video was part of OCHA's interactive map project, which marked the tenth anniversary to the West Bank Barrier by illustrating its impact on Palestinian communities in and around East Jerusalem.
In mid-2015, about a year after this case study was prepared, As Surkhi and Qunbar checkpoint was removed, but a sign on the road was installed indicating that the use of the road is restricted.
The removal of this checkpoint, which led to As Surkhi and Qunbar dislocated community, has significantly improved their movement from and to the community and East Jerusalem.
Around the same time, the Barrier was completed in the area to permanently separate Cliff Hotel from the larger Abu Dis area.