RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – A new locally developed app that’s good for the Palestinian drivers in the occupied West Bank, to negotiate the traffic at an Israeli military checkpoint and the discovery of the routes to the cities of mainstream service providers lack.
Muhammad Abdel-Haleem, Chief Executive Officer of the Doroob bad, Doroob Navigator, as he was driving his car at an Israeli checkpoint in Ramallah, in the israeli-occupied West Bank-July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
Which was launched in June and is produced by the Palestinians, Doroob Navigator, crowd-sources of road closures and traffic data from the user. It will supplant any apps, such as Google Maps and Waze, which is rarely to account for the Israeli restrictions, and the struggle to navigate between the Palestinian cities and towns.
Israel captured the West Bank and gaza in the 1967 Middle East war, and cites concerns about the safety and security of the maintenance of the checkpoint. However, the obstacles to restrict Palestinian mobility and are damaging to the economy, according to the World Bank.
Some of the checkpoints established at the entrances of the villages, towns and cities, but others will pop-up when the tensions are rising.
Muhammad Abdel Haleem, CEO at Doroob, Technologies, and said that he was convinced that the Palestinians need a new way to get around after a trip to Google Maps, between the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Ramallah, and let him get lost in a remote valley.
“We had to have our cards in full, but who knows. The wall, checkpoints, settlements, and … with existing mapping software is not the complexity of it here,” Abdel-Haleem, 39, is said to be for the use of the app is to drive through a checkpoint separating Ramallah from Beit El to a nearby Israeli settlement.
The app, which has amassed 22,000 users in two months, and is funded by the is Ideal, a Ramallah-based transport, and software for the automation of the business conducted by Abdel-Haleem. He says that he is hoping to earn money with the app in the future, in part, through the delivery air.
“THE OTHER APPS DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT”
The West Bank is scattered with Israeli settlements and military bases, and the Israeli barrier snakes through the region. Israel says the barrier prevents Palestinian attacks but the Palestinians call it a land grab.
About 3 million Palestinians live in the region, along with around 450,000 settlers who are generally able to drive into the area without the restriction of the use of the so-called “bypass roads”, built to prevent Palestinian cities and towns.
Doroob Navigator, the algorithm combines the messages of the user with the manual input of the technical staff, to board members, to help eliminate numbing and checkpoint traffic, and the work of the settlements, which the majority of Palestinian vehicles from entering.
“Other applications would be able to say that it is the only way to move between different Palestinian cities and towns has been cut by means of a settlement agreement,” Abdel-Haleem said. “We’re trying to change that.”
The app is also available in the Palestinian coastal enclave of Gaza, even though the majority of active users are in the West Bank, and Abdeel Haleem said.
The palestinians have in the past relied on Facebook groups and word-of-mouth anticipation, the West Bank, movement and disposal. Waze is very popular in israel, but many Palestinians say, is that it will lead them to the routes, they are limited in the room.
“We need to find the application like this to help us move into Palestine,” said Nicholas Harami, 31, who is using the app while driving from his home in East Jerusalem to Ramallah and other West Bank towns and cities.
“As other applications do not have an understanding of the situation we were in.”
Additional reporting by Lara Afghani in Ramallah; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne