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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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National Post: Our MistakeDouglas Kelly - National Post (Toronto) - The National Post`s apology for running a fake story about Iran by Amir Taheri: "We apologize for the mistake and for the consternation it has caused not just National Post readers, but the broader public who read the story. We take this incident very seriously, and we are examining our procedures to try to ensure such an error does not happen again."31/5/2006
Beit Ummar Plans De-fence Action on its LandsPalestine News Agency -Wafa - "People of Beit Ummar village with international and Israeli activists plan to remove tomorrow a fence put by Israeli colonisers around 20 dunums of land in the village."30/5/2006
Judeh says Arab mediators trying to defuse Jordan-Hamas tensionKhaled Nuaimat - Jordan Times - “Several Arab sides carried messages to the government that there was a desire by the Palestinian government and Hamas to end the so-called crisis,” 30/5/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 21.5.06--27.5.06NL -- MachsomWatch – “We could say today that everyone crossed the checkpoint – for anyone who cannot, for some reason, no longer tries. The preventions increase day by day and do their part, so the thousands who we used to see arriving at CP Huwwara Sunday afternoons no longer do. Still the proceedings at the checkpoint are maddeningly slow and the soldiers are consistent in their disdainful manner” 29/5/2006
Machsom Watch Report - Nablus , 21.05.06 Machsom Watch - " we visit Jamal at the Deir Sharaf minimarket. The shelves, except for Cadbury`s, Quality Street and Kit Kat chocolates, are almost empty. One man tells us of his work with Sylvia in trying to get his magnetic card. Eventually, Jamal tells us that there is no bread anywhere in Nablus, something we heard over and over later. No bread, as there is no cooking gas . "26/5/2006
Who started the Iranian badge story? — updated Taylor Marsh - firedoglake.com - welcome to the latest Iranian intrigue misinformation push meant to move us closer to a strike against Iran24/5/2006
The black psy-ops campaign against IranJuan Cole - Informed Comment - If the Iranians were smart, they would dump that buffoon Ahmadinejad and get themselves a less inflammatory president. Ahmadinejad`s antics are giving the warmongers in the West all kinds of pretexts to talk war on Tehran. They should take a lesson from what has been done to the Iraqis.24/5/2006
Israeli High Court approves Wall route near Qalqilia Saed Bannoura- IMEMC & Agencies - "Also, the court ordered the uproot of 1100 olive trees that belong to the villagers who depend of their orchards as their main source of livelihood."23/5/2006
Inside Iraq`s hidden warGhaith Abdul-Ahad -The Guardian - "As a new `national unity` government prepares to take power in Baghdad, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports from behind the lines of a vicious sectarian conflict rapidly spiralling towards civil war "22/5/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 7.5.06--13.5.06MachsomWatch – “Sunday, 7.5.06, 8:20, Etzion DCL. HELL! Again more than a hundred people… Every day more than a hundred people come and only a few dozen ever make it to the window... We hear some very distressing stories. One example of the irrationality of it all: M.works at the Redeemer`s Church. He has a permit waiting for him, but when he gets to the window (he has a low number, you see, he came at 2 or 3 AM), the permit is not there. Not all the calls in the world were able to get him out of this quandary. ‘Let him come back tomorrow,’ was the answer”15/5/2006
MachsomWatch Summary – April 2006 Checkpoints in January - MachsomWatch observations of the restriction of free movement by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories "You`ve killed us with your holidays…you don`t let us live!" 13/5/2006
Palestinian Laborers on the Israeli Separation WallDania H. Yousef - The Electronic Intifada - "The laborer who has children, has a house, has a family is forced to work not only on the Wall--if they told him to come work with their [Israeli] security he would--because he wants to feed his children; there is no one else to take care of them." 11/5/2006
Bil’in Puts The Wall On TrialISM Media Alerts - "The Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements is holding a large demonstration this Friday, May 12th. The demonstration will include Arab Knesset members, Palestinian Legislative Council members and representatives from the Palestinian National and Islamic forces." 11/5/2006
Shavei Shomron, Beit Iba Sunday 7.05.06Susan Lourenco - Machsomwatch Report - "we can say categorically that the IDF is putting the squeeze on the Palestinians, something we saw in today`s shift over and over."10/5/2006
Baghdad morgue struggles to cope with flow of bodiesOliver Poole - The Daily Telegraph - "The month after the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra was the bloodiest in Baghdad`s modern history, with 1,294 bodies arriving at the city`s morgue. " 6/5/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 23.4.06--29.4.06Etzyon DCL, 23.4.06 -- “Dozens of men waiting in two lines for their biometric card. Some people came the night before so as to get a good spot in line… Many people seek our help to enter Israel for medical appointments. A grandfather of a 4-year old, who was run over and is in intensive pediatric care at Hadassah, is the only one in the family with a chance of getting in, but has to wait like everyone else. Other people have appointments for post-operative care or for operations (a 6-year old)… But no one has a chance of getting the permit today” 4/5/2006
Two Days Ago on Beit Iba Check PointAbdul-Latif Khalid - "The way to Nablus is a nightmare to all people who go there. Since the beginning of the Second Intifada I go to Nablus three or four times a week."3/5/2006
Israeli Cabinet revises path of separation barrierSteve Weizman - The Boston Globe - " The Israeli Cabinet voted to reroute an area near the major settlement of Ariel deep in the West Bank and approved putting temporary fencing around areas of Jerusalem abutting the West Bank. The moves will put thousands of Palestinians on the ``Palestinian" side of the enclosure, officials said." 1/5/2006
Southern Hebron hills: Israel reinstates the cancelled barrier route `through the back door`B`Tselem - "When completed, the barricade will further isolate the more than 3,000 Palestinians living in 18 cave-villages southeast of Route 317, who are dependent for basic supplies and services on the town of Yatta , which is located on the other side of the planned barricade.1/5/2006
Olmert alters route of West Bank wall, calls for rapid completionDaily Star - "Israel`s Cabinet on Sunday voted to modify the route of its contentious West Bank separation barrier to put thousands of Palestinians on the "Palestinian" side of the enclosure, officials said."1/5/2006
Bethlehem area, Wednesday PM, 17.5.06Maya Bar-Hillel - "...people were there for so-called humanitarian reasons, primarily hospital visits, for their own treatment or for visiting relatives. They claimed they had given their documents and requests in the early morning, and were just told to wait for them. Now, at 3pm, they were still waiting."17/5/2006
Qalqilia residents reject a wall reroute that would isolate villages IMEMC News - "More than six months after the Israeli Supreme Court issued its decision to change the route of the Wall cutting through Qalqilia in the northwestern West Bank in order to de-isolate several villages, Israeli forces continue to circumvent the ruling."9/5/2006
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