chapter  5
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Porosity, Fragmentation, and Ignorance: Insights from a Study of Freight Traffic

In 2008, I was commissioned to conduct a study of all freight trucks between the southern West Bank and Israel, with a special emphasis on the newly constructed Tarqumiya crossing, which was intended to centralize all of this flow. In this chapter, I reflect on that study, and what it tells us about the functioning of borders under Israel’s separation policy, and borders more generally.