|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Israel Denies Obligation to Allow Commercial Passage Through Karni Crossing||Gisha - The petitioners argue that under international law, because Israel controls the passage of goods to and from Gaza and refuses to allow Gaza to operate a seaport or airport, it owes a duty to keep Karni crossing open, in order to prevent an economic and humanitarian crisis. ||29/4/2006|
|Israel resumes construction of the wall near Hebron||George Rishmawi-
IMEMC & Agencies - "Scores of farmers and land owners in addition to a number of residents gathered at their land to the east of Hebron in the West Bank where Israeli bulldozers started to prepare for the construction of the annexation wall on Tuesday. "||26/4/2006|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 9.4.06--15.4.06 ||11.4.06, Ar-Ram, 07:00. "A teacher who teaches at a school for the visually impaired, 2 meters from the CP, was sent to Qalandiya, to go through the terminal there and return to the same spot, but on the other side of the wall!... An older woman who lives on one side of the wall was not allowed to cross to the other side - she had to `learn` that soon, going to Qalandiya, passing through the terminal, and getting another bus, will be the way to cross the street"||21/4/2006|
|Israel`s concrete barrier splits W. Bank families||Luke Baker - Reuters - "Raed Khatib lives
less than a hundred metres from his sister Nihad, but in
the past two weeks he has not seen her once. Their houses
are now separated by a high concrete barrier."||20/4/2006|
|A reliable prophet of doom||Joshua Hergesheimer - Al Jazeera - If the US continues its campaign of bombing with impunity, abrogating human rights and threatening to attack anyone, anywhere, any time, then the war on terror will be very long indeed. God help us.
|Car bombs with wings: a history of the car bomb (part 2)||Mike Davis - TomDispatch - If one of the virtues of an air force is the ability to reach halfway around the world to surprise enemies in their beds, the car bomb truly grew wings during 1993 as Middle Eastern groups struck at targets in the Western Hemisphere for the first time
|MachsomWatch Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 2.4.06--8.4.06||Qalandiya, 4.4.06 -- "It has happened: East Jerusalem in the North is now separated from the West Bank. The often announced and much feared `upgrading` of Qalandiya CP to a border CP (meaning total prohibition on West Bank Palestinians to enter Israel without a special permit) has come into effect today. The gap between the blocks of the wall has been closed with a fence, and thus the separation between south (Ar-Ram) and north (the so called `terminal`) was completed. The population is totally under shock"||14/4/2006|
|The Iran Plans ||Seymour M. Hersh - The New Yorker - One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that "a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government." He added, "I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, `What are they smoking?` "
|It really has happend - East Jerusalem in the North is separated from the West Bank ||Roni Hammermann - Machsomwatch report - "The often announced and much feared "upgrading" of Qalandiya c.p. to a border or closure checkpoint (meaning total prohibition on West Bank Palestinians to enter Israel unless they have a special permit) has come into effect today"||6/4/2006|
|They`d do better sticking Saddam`s head on a pole ||Sadakat Kadri - The Guardian - The trial of the Iraqi dictator, promising justice while presuming guilt, is a parody of Nuremberg and legally irredeemable
|If one side in a conflict goes nuclear, the other is bound to follow suit ||David Hirst - The Guardian - The Iranian crisis can only be understood as the inevitable result of Israel`s US-backed WMD monopoly in the region
|Chomsky on war crimes in Iraq||Tom Engelhardt, Noam Chomsky - Domdispatch - In the Vietnam era, the subject of war crimes was the last to arrive and the first to depart.
Evidently there is no place in the [US] American imagination for the thought that the planning and prosecution of the war were potential crimes committed by our leaders, which is why it`s important to follow Noam Chomsky back into the Iraq of recent years to consider the US occupation of that country in the context of war crimes||5/4/2006|
|Wall cases are still pending at Israeli Court ||Applid Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ)-"The Wall length, according to the latest revised Wall map published on the IDF website on February 2005 and to the military orders that were issued, is 683 kilometers; where only 183 kilometers Wall out of the total length run on the 1949 Armistice Line (Green Line)."||4/4/2006|
|WEEKLY DIGEST: REPORTS FROM CHECKPOINTS ||MachsomWatch -
Although announced for 27.3, the transition of Qalandiya CP to a "border terminal" has not taken place yet. This is a big concern for hundreds of Palestinians, who could still pass today without any ID check but who are anxious of what will be their "verdict" when passage will be closed for those who have neither a Jerusalem ID nor an entry permit to Israel. This is the topic of all conversations.
|Been there, done that||Zbigniew Brzezinski - LA Times - "Talk of a U.S. strike on Iran is eerily reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq war."||24/4/2006|
|US plans strike to topple Iran regime - report||Julian Borger in Washington and Bob Tait in Tehran
- the Guardian - "In the New Yorker magazine, Seymour Hersh, America`s best
known investigative journalist, concluded that the Bush
administration is even considering the use of a tactical
nuclear weapon against deep Iranian bunkers, but that top
generals in the Pentagon are attempting to take that
option off the table.
|Review of "Overthrow: America`s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq"||Anatol Lieven - New York Times - if you are going to use the argument that making a successful geopolitical omelet requires breaking eggs, you`d better have something edible to show for all the shattered shells lying around||18/4/2006|
|Poor man`s air force: history of the car bomb (part 1)||Mike Davis - TomDispatch/Znet - on January 12, 1947, the Stern Gang drove a truckload of explosives into a British police station in Haifa, Palestine, killing 4 and injuring 140. The Stern Gang would soon use truck and car bombs to kill Palestinians as well||12/4/2006|
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