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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Israeli checkpoints in West Bank frustrate Palestinians Greg Myre - NY TIMES - " Gabriel Jacoman, 50, was raised in a house on Road 60 as it enters Bethlehem. In 1994, he opened a chicken restaurant that thrived by serving the tourists who came from Jerusalem to visit the tomb of Rachel, the biblical matriarch.Today, his home and neighboring restaurant, now shuttered, are sandwiched between two 25-foot concrete walls built across Road 60. One wall is several hundred yards north of his home and serves as the border between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The second wall is a few paces south of his front door, part of the wall built around Rachel`s Tomb. " 17/11/2006
Journalists` Coverage of Middle East Shallow and DistortedRobert Fisk - Znet - "Even when Norman Finkelstein wrote a damning academic report on the way Israel`s High Court of Justice "proved" the wall – deemed illegal by the Hague - was legal, it was virtually ignored in the West." 15/11/2006
Conflict in the Middle East is Mission Implausible Robert Fisk - The Independent - "Almost a hundred Israeli civilians and well over a thousand Lebanese civilians were killed (10 to one being a normal casualty count around here)." 15/11/2006
Seven days to stop confiscation of Jerusalem land as Israelis continue bid to overtake the city Maisa Abu Ghazaleh -- PNN -- "The notification issued to land owners states that Israeli forces will seize the land for military purposes to `establish a security barrier north of Ma`ale Adumim` on Anata Village lands. As it stands now, the major Ma`ale Adumim Settlement in East Jerusalem blocks much of Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank" 13/11/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints MachsomWatch – Huwwara CP (Nablus Area) Sunday, 5.11.06: “A MP woman officer strikes a Rambo pose standing, legs wide apart, facing the Palestinians being checked in one of the lines. Every young Palestinian male checked in this line goes through the obligatory ritual belly-back-calves bearing and pirouette while on his right a male soldier massages his pockets, on his left a securing soldier holds his rifle centimeters from his chest, and now, facing him, is the heavy Ramboesque lady-officer in her splayed feet position, wide sparkling smile, laughing with her mates as she checks his ID. One man, pale and shaking with fury, said to us quietly: ‘Understand us. This is killing us. Killing’" 13/11/2006
Back to Bil`inEileen Fleming - Opednews.com - "Civilian uprising and non-violent activism is not like the Gandhi movie. It`s not carrying posters and saying we don`t like your wall, go away. We stand in front of Caterpillar`s knowing we will be shot and arrested.11/11/2006
UNIFIL: IDF to pull out of GhajarASSOCIATED PRESS - The Jerusalem Post - "Israel took Ghajar when it captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967. The village was divided between an Israeli-controlled part and a Lebanese section by the United Nations following the withdrawal of Israeli forces from south Lebanon in 2000." 8/11/2006
Several meters away from her orchard, four hours to reach Feature Story by Palestine News Network, www.palestinenet.org, Translated by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - “I am an old woman, my health condition does not allow me to travel for long hours and distances”, she said, “This is unjust, but what can we do, the occupation sealed everything off, closed all roads, and this long travel became the only way to reach my land which is only several meters away from me, but isolated behind a huge Wall”. 7/11/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from CheckpointsMachsomWatch -- Etzion DCL (Bethlehem vicinity), Wednesday, 1.11.06, 16:00: “Grandparents, who are the caretakers of two very sick children treated regularly at Shaarey Zedek hospital, request a 3 month permit so they can take them there in case of emergency, having already lost two other grandchildren suffering from the same ailments. They come out with a permit for a week only. Pleading with the health coordinator bears no results except the phone number of a 24-hour service for emergency cases”6/11/2006
U.S. officials demand IAF cease overflights in Lebanese airspaceAluf Benn - Haaretz - Two Bush administration officials demanded that Israel Air Force overflights of Lebanon be halted, saying that such flights undermine the standing of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. 3/11/2006
The new Middle EastRichard N. Haass - Foreign Affairs - The age of U.S. dominance in the Middle East has ended and a new era in the modern history of the region has begun. It will be shaped by new actors and new forces competing for influence, and to master it, Washington will have to rely more on diplomacy than on military might. 3/11/2006
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