|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|West Bank under lockdown|| IRIN - EI - "The number of roadblocks and checkpoints in the West Bank has risen by 40 per cent since the start of 2006, with 528 permanent and temporary checkpoints and physical roadblocks disrupting all aspects of Palestinian life, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jerusalem.
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints||MachsomWatch -- Etzion DCL (Bethlehem vicinity), Wednesday, 25.10.06, 15:45: “About 15-20 people waiting, none with numbers. All number holders had apparently been serviced already, or were inside. The people outside were hoping against hope to be accepted today. One […] man just wanted to pick up the permit for a hospital visit that has been awaiting him, he said, since yesterday. And so on and so forth -- the familiar array of human affairs. But the soldier on the roof said that there would be no more numbers today, and nobody without a number would be let in. […] Most people gave up and left. But then came the officer, and said: We`ll let them all in. ‘All’ had dwindled to 3, by then”||30/10/2006|
|Israeli barrier and settlement to leave West Bank village with nowhere to go||Rory McCarthy -- The Guardian -- Land confiscation and pollution threaten future of ancient farming community||30/10/2006|
|Annan pushing for register of damage from West Bank fence||Avi Issacharoff -- Haaretz -- "In a report released Saturday, Annan said that on the basis of the decisions of the General Assembly, accepting the [International] court`s recommendations, a `Register of Damage` would be set up in Vienna, and would be responsible to register damages to Palestinian homes, businesses and agricultural holdings caused by the `wall.` The documentation will serve for possible future international adjudication"||30/10/2006|
|Mass Demo against the Wall in Bil`in next Friday ||WAFA -
"No to the wall! No to separation! No to land grab! No to the colonies! No to the occupation!"
|Israeli diamond traders find favor in Arab Dubai||Anjan Sundaram -
The Boston Globe -
""People don`t mix conflict with business. The war will not affect the diamond trade in any lasting way," said Abboud."
|Israeli policy splits Palestinian families||Charles Levinson -
Agence France-Presse- Jordan Times - “I knew the Israeli occupation could steal my property, but I never thought it would steal my wife,” ||24/10/2006|
|A checkpoint, in the eyes of its commander||Edna Canetti - MachsomWatch - translated by Judith Green - " I returned from Lebanon, and now I am a checkpoint commander at the Beit Furik roadblock. I am already sick and tired of them, people coming from every direction, from Beit Furik, from Beit Dag`an, from Salem, from Nablus, and from other villages that I haven`t figured out yet where they are... Scary. They are all terrorists. All of them want to kill me." ||24/10/2006|
|UN: UNIFIL won’t shoot IAF planes||Yitzhak Benhorin-YNet News-"(UNIFIL head French Major General) Pellegrini, who was quoted by French news agencies, noted the possibility the UN might amend soldiers’ guidelines in order to deal with the IAF’s aerial sorties. The UN spokesperson, however, clarified that the quote was taken out of context....Israel’s sorties into Lebanese air space was a matter that “will be first and foremost dealt with through diplomatic channels.”
|Imperial designs vs reality in Lebanon||Gilbert Achcar - "Resolution 1559 calls for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and the disarming of Hezbollah. From the U.S. perspective, the idea was to break up what Washington and its Arab allies call the `Shiite crescent` — an expression made famous by the king of Jordan—that is, the regional axis whose epicenter is Tehran and that includes the Shiites in Iraq, the Syrian regime (which is not Shiite) and Hezbollah, along with Palestinian Hamas, a Sunni organization."||15/10/2006|
|Saudi Arabia and oil: one eye on the polls||Dilip Hiro - Commondreams - Saudi Arabia appears to be using the "oil weapon" to help George W. Bush in the upcoming US midterm Congressional election||15/10/2006|
|A New Fence Is Added to a Border Town Already Split ||HASSAN M. FATTAH -
The New York Times -
"“Like Shabaa Farms, this proves there is an ongoing Israeli occupation and it must leave,” said the representative, Hussein Haj Hassan. “We will be patient with the negotiations, but will not wait very long.”"
|Israel Arrests Bil’in Journalist||Adv. Gabi Laski, Mohammed Khatibe, Shai Polack - ISM - Emad, who was filming at the time, was arrested by an Israeli Border policeman. When Emad arrived at the police station in Givat Zeev, he was wounded. The Border Police soldiers claimed a radio “fell” on him in the jeep, on the way to the station. He was taken to the Hadassah – Har Hatzofim hospital and was then taken back to the police station in Givat Zeev. After he was interrogated, the police refused to view the tapes that Emad filmed. Emad is accused of “assault on an officer” and of stone throwing and was sent to the Etzion prison. Israeli Border Police have in the past been rebuked by military judges on false testimonies towards arrested Palestinian demonstrators and their Israeli supporters.||10/10/2006|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 1.10.06--7.10.06||MachsomWatch -- Bir Naballah, Thursday, 5.10.06, 16:00: “A young man was kneeling between concrete blocks, handcuffed. ‘He has attacked the CO of the earlier shift.’ Has the police been informed? ‘I do not know.’ How long is he kneeling like this? ‘I do not know.’ What will happen with him? No answer. We asked to loosen the handcuffs, which was done 10 minutes later. The man said he had been kneeling there since 13:00, and denied attacking anybody. […] An hour later, some young friends of the handcuffed man, who happen to pass by, promised solemnly ‘that he will never do it again’ (do what??), and the man was released. 4 hours of kneeling handcuffed for what?”||9/10/2006|
|Bomblets continue to kill in Lebanon||Agencies via Aljazeera.Net -- Unexploded Israeli bombs and devices dropped during Israel`s war on Hezbollah have killed 21 and injured more than 100 Lebanese civilians.||9/10/2006|
|Exporting death as democracy: US foreign policy in Lebanon||Irene L. Gendzier - ZNet - Since 1948, "Washington`s prime objective in Beirut [has been] identifying the segment of the Lebanese elite that could be reliably counted on in an environment increasingly open to the challenge of nationalist and radical forces."||8/10/2006|
|Jordan`s King Risks Shah`s Fate, Critics Warn||Borzou Daragahi -
Los Angeles Times -
""Until now in Amman we don`t have a Khomeini," said one
mid-ranking official serving the Jordanian Cabinet. "If
there was a Khomeini, then this family would be in
|Marwahin, 15 July 2006: The anatomy of a massacre ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"But the pilot must have seen what he was doing. He could see we were mostly children. The pick-up didn`t have a roof. All the children were crammed in the back and clearly visible."||4/10/2006|
|UN: Israel, Hizbullah violated human rights ||Associated Press -
"With regard to Israel`s use of cluster bombs in Lebanon, the report requests that the Lebanese authorities be provided with accurate maps to help remove hundreds of thousands of bomblets believed still to be laying spread across the south of the country. It also suggests that this type of weapon be banned under international law."||4/10/2006|
| Four Palestinian refugees killed in Iraq, eight injured ||Saed Bannoura -- IMEMC & Agencies -- "Palestinian media sources reported that the Palestinian refugees in Iraq were attacked at least 655 times, and 164 refugees were killed, these numbers do not include the recent attacks. Palestinian refugees in Iraq are facing very difficult living conditions, and subjected to repeated attacks by unknown armed groups that demanded them to leave Iraq or face death"||21/10/2006|
|Israel eases restrictions, expands checkpoints||Ali Waked - Ynet - "New UN data shows that despite easing of restrictions, the number of checkpoints rose by 40 percent over the past year. "It`s not just the number, it`s mostly the abusive treatment towards Palestinians" says Machsom Watch"
|Judge orders probe over Palestinian cameraman hurt in Bil`in ||Meron Rapoport - Haaretz - "An Israel Defense Forces judge on Tuesday ordered the army to open an inquiry into the affair of a Palestinian cameraman wounded over the weekend after soldiers arrested him during a demonstration against the separation fence in the West Bank village of Bil`in."
|Would they have it so bad in Rahat?||Aryeh Dayan -
"Last May government representatives suddenly informed them
that they intended to destroy seven of the village homes;
early in September they announced that they planned to
destroy all 45 remaining houses."
|Israeli / US Cluster Bombs Litter Lebanon Desirable Duds||JAMES BROOKS -
"Two hundred thousand people cannot return to their homes due to the severity of destruction and the massive quantities of unexploded ordnance and cluster bomblets covering their communities."||18/10/2006|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 24.9.06--30.9.06||MachsomWatch – Huwwara, Sunday, 24.9.06, 15:45: “CP commander 2nd lieutenant Dudi points his rifle at a youngster and orders him to take off his pants, right there in the view of all present. The man refuses, Dudi insists: ‘Take-off-your-pants- I said!!’ repeating these words again and again […] Dudi pushes the young man under threat of his weapon beyond the dirt pile nearby and repeats, ‘take off your pants I said’. The youngster lifts his shirt and handles his pants, jeans so tight even a handkerchief would show. Dudi gets closer and closer with his gun and finally the young man surrenders, kneels and takes off his pants. After this public humiliation act, he is led at gunpoint to the concrete lockup cell. Until the end of our shift, we could not figure out what his crime had been, especially considering he was released without further ado after a two hour detention”||2/10/2006|
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