|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Destruction of holiest Shia shrine brings Iraq to the brink of civil war ||Patrick Cockburn - The Independent -"Iraq took a lethal step closer to disintegration and civil war yesterday after a devastating attack on one of the country`s holiest sites. The destruction of the golden-domed Shia shrine in Samarra sparked a round of bloody sectarian retaliation in which up to 60 Sunni mosques were attacked and scores of people were killed or injured."||23/2/2006|
|Shiite shrine blast sets off attacks on 90 Sunni mosques||Daily Star staff - "A dawn bomb attack devastated the dome of one of the world`s holiest Shiite shrines, sparking reprisal attacks against 90 Sunni mosques that left at least eight dead and sending thousands of Shiites to the streets in protests"||23/2/2006|
|International Conference Against the Wall begins in Bil`in ||IMEMC -
"A two-day conference in the village of Bil`in, known throughout the world as a focal point of the non-violent struggle against the Israeli Wall construction in Palestine, began today with the participation of hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and international supporters."
|MachsomWatch Summary – January 2006 ||Checkpoints in January - MachsomWatch observations of the restriction of free movement by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories - ‘Just wait – once the wall is ready, they’ll rot behind it’ (Border Police soldier, Abu Dis)
|Anatomy of the Cartoon Protest Movement||Anthony Shadid and Kevin Sullivan - Washington Post Foreign Service -
Opposing Certainties Widen Gap Between West and Muslim World||16/2/2006|
| `Fingers` will cut up the northern part of the West Bank||From B`Tselem Email Update - Feb. 7, 2006||14/2/2006|
|Extended Family isolated behind the Wall appeals for rights ||Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) appealed to the Israeli High Court of Justice on behalf of a Palestinian family against the Separation Wall which has isolated them from both the Palestinian West Bank and Israel.||13/2/2006|
|Architects threaten to boycott Israel over `apartheid` barrier||Oliver Duff, Rob Sharp and Eric Silver - The Independent - A group including some of Britain`s most prominentarchitects is considering calling for an economic boycott of Israel`s construction industry in protest at the building of Israeli settlements and the separation barrier in the Occupied Territories.
|New checkpoints aim to `minimize degradation` [sic.]||Rafael D. Frenkel - The Jerusalem Post - From over the loudspeaker, a woman`s voice echoes its way through the lines of people. "Women go to aisle number four," she says in Arabic. With that directive, the men and women split up, forming lines to pass through the security check.
|Democracy isn`t for our friends only||Robert Fisk - The Independent - Oh no, not more democracy again! Didn`t we award this to those Algerians in 1990? And didn`t they reward us with that nice gift of an Islamist government -- and then they so benevolently canceled the second round of elections? Thank goodness for that!
|Cartoons, Anti-Semitism and the “Aestheticisation of Politics”||Pratyush Chandra - IndiaBlog - The way the European press and politicians behaved on the issue of the publication of “anti-Islamic cartoons” can really be interpreted as, a Haaretz journalist puts, "a new breed of anti-Semitism. But the Semites, in this case, are not Jews.” ||7/2/2006|
|The double standards over free speech||Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - The Independent - Flemming Rose, the culture editor of Denmark`s Jyllands-Posten, sought out controversial cartoonists to create caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed, not because they had something bold and compelling to say, but simply to enrage, like bullfighters goading a bull.||6/2/2006|
|The Fury: Now Lebanon is Burning||Robert Fisk - The Independent/CounterPunch - After Syria, the fires fanned by Denmark`s anti-Prophet cartoons spread to Lebanon yesterday with sectarian intensity.
|Palestinian workers facing daily hardships at Erez Crossing ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The Palestinian Workers Union in the Gaza Strip denounced the continuous Israeli violations practiced against the Palestinian workers while trying to cross the military checkpoints that are installed on the entrances of the Palestinian areas, and the crossings separating the Palestinian territories form Israel.
|Israeli High Court demands state to explain why it did not move Wall route in Bil`in ||Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - The Israeli High Court of Justice ordered, on Thursday, the state prosecutor to explain why is the state rejecting to change the rout of the Separation Wall in Bil`in village, near Ramallah, since the current planned rout passes over lands which belong to the residents. ||3/2/2006|
|Police, IDF coordinate checkpoint bluffs||Orly Popper - YnetNews - Ynet reporter accompanies MachsomWatch women to Hawara checkpoint near Nablus, unravels police, IDF harmonize bluffs to hinder work of organization; Witness testimony by Zalmam Amit: "The checkpoint where this incident took place is not a
security checkpoint. It does not block any traffic to Israel and from Israel. It is there merely to add to the misery of Palestinian life."
|Bethlehem and surroundings||Chana Arnon -
"Even before we get to the control booths, we notice the grim looks on the faces of those who exit. Asking one of them we hear that the wait has been hours! What awaits us in terms of building the whole picture in the coming hour is a story of incompetence and cruelty whose proportions we, who know how difficult it is to get a work permit in the first place, are well aware of."
|Gaza `faces crisis` over closure of crossing into Israel ||Donald Macintyre in Gaza City - The Independent - The UN has warned international donor countries that Gaza is threatened with mounting and serious economic and humanitarian problems because of the fortnight-long closure of the key Karni crossing into Israel.
|Checkpoint closure costs Gaza farms $500,000 a day, says UN||Stephen Farrell - The Times - IN greenhouse after greenhouse, Gaza’s tomatoes are rotting on the vine, the first harvest since last year’s Gaza pullout dying inside a locked Israeli border crossing.
|`Tooning out humanity||Hani Shukrallah - Triggered by cartoons, the latest round in the bogus "clash of civilizations" reduces complex cultures to empty caricatures.
|Questions without an answer||Klara Perahya - Salom Gezetesi - a Turkish-Jewish perspective on the cartoons controversy||15/2/2006|
|All cartoon politics are local||Juan Cole - Salon - The "global crisis" of which Rasmussen spoke has been exacerbated by the decision of the Bush administration to invade Iraq and throw the region into turmoil. It isn`t just about some cartoons
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