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Checkpoint 300 - Between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Archive Nov. 6, 2007

As part of the program to better integrate Chareidi (ultra-Orthodox) soldiers into the IDF, a new unit will be created called “Shomrei HaChomot” – Guardians of the Walls, according to a report in Yisrael Hayom.

The Chareidi soldiers in the unit will oversee the Rachel’s Tomb Checkpoint Passage (Checkpoint 300), which is the passageway between Palestinian Authority controlled Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

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Their course will begin in February, and the IDF hopes to initially enlist 15-20 Chareidim for the unit.

The ultra-Orthodox soldiers will be part of the “Shachar” track, which is designed for Chariedim with families, who are looking for a build a post-army career, and aren’t designated for combat units.

After completing their army service, members of this unit will be certified to work at border crossings and passport control in civilian life.

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