|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Machsomwatch Report Sheikh Saed, 27.06.06||Machsomwatch - "As we approached Sheikh Saed, we saw people running away from what was clearly a shooting of tear gas. At the checkpoint, we saw two young boys detained (kneeling on the ground, one in handcuffs), and an older man kneeling on the ground a little away from them." ||29/6/2006|
|Education in Jerusalem under Attack from Apartheid Wall ||WAFA -
"The Apartheid Wall cuts through Beit Hanina runs only 150 meters in front of the building of the Lutheran World Federation vocational training center in Dahyat Al-Baread resulting in most of the students being barred access to the center and education."
|Missed opportunity||A. B. Yehoshua -
"Separation fence would benefit Israelis and Palestinians – if it were built on the 1967 border."||28/6/2006|
|Machsom Watch Report Nablus 20.06.2006 ||Machsom Watch -
At this checkpoint, the military policewomen, for months, perhaps for over a year, have been placed to check – physically -- all the young men. Not just their IDs. No, their legs – all have to roll up their pants, and most ignominiously, to lift up not only their shirts, but also their undershirts and so bare their torsos. To do so, they must undo their belts, and it is almost as humiliating for a MachsomWatcher to observe this as it is disgusting in the extreme to see very young women force young men, whose religion forbids any such contact with women, to undergo such a dishonor.
|War`s Iraqi Death Toll Tops 50,000||Louise Roug and Doug Smith -
Los Angeles Times -
Higher than the U.S. estimate, the tally likely is undercounted. Proportionately, it is as if 570,000 Americans were slain in three years.
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 18.6.06--24.6.06||Tuesday PM, 20.06.06, Sheikh Saed. “We were driven to the potholed donkey path through which all deliveries must come. Our driver explained that the road is too treacherous for cars so the goods are dropped off at the bottom and carried up the steep incline into the village. We noticed two men dragging 1 x 3 meter sheets of wood, in the searing heat, up the hill. On our way back, we saw a Downs Syndrome boy in his teens who was denied access to his school bus today because, according to the BP, ‘he may be faking his infirmity’" ||26/6/2006|
|The solution of the demographic problems of Israel: Saturday morning at Sheih Saed||Nina Mayorek - MachsomWatch -"The state of Israel acts now under the slogan “we need to solve the demographic problem” or in simpler words “we do not want to see Arabs in our streets”. The implementation of this idea can be seen in many places. We went to see it in Sheih Saed."
|Licence to lie||Gary Kamiya - Salon - Perhaps we can ask how it happened that the government of the United States was hijacked by a bullying, fact-averse religious fanatic and his puppetmaster, an evil courtier out of Shakespeare. How we were plunged into a disastrous war simply because a cabal of ideologues and right-wing zealots, operating in autocratic secrecy, decided they wanted war. And how all of the normal workings of a democratic government -- objective analysis, checks and balances, transparency -- were simply trashed by an administration waving the bloody shirt of "terror." ||24/6/2006|
|Israeli officials to discuss the costs and real reasons of the separation wall||Maan -- Member of Knesset Dov Khenin: "the path of the wall is now 680 km long, double the length of the Green Line, and it will cost some US $1.55 billion. The wall is damaging 12.4 percent of the Palestinian lands in the West Bank [...] and affects the life of 490,000 Palestinians in 92 Palestinian towns and cities and villages"||23/6/2006|
|Palestinian views on travel curbs ||UN Sources -
BBC News -
On the road from Jenin to Ramallah I often get trouble from the soldiers. It should take an hour if everything`s okay, but it can take up to five or six hours."
|Machsom Watch Report : Nablus , Shave Shomron, Beit Iba , 11.05.06 PM||Machsom Watch -
Lord of the Flies, written over fifty years ago by William Golding...The novel depicts a slow and inescapable descent into anarchy and evil... Today, we saw that panic as well as decay are in the soul and mind of the soldiers in the Occupied Territories (boys on the island), leading them to the natural chaos or near anarchy of a society without reasoning adults.
|Israel to review WB barrier route ||BBC NEWS -
The Israeli Defence Minister, Amir Peretz, has ordered a review of the route of the controversial barrier Israel is building in the West Bank.
His office said the aim of the review was to reflect Palestinian concerns.
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 11.6.06–17.6.06||MachsomWatch -- “Last week I was called at home by a man, who […] in a very pained, insulted and angry voice […] said he had just left Huwwara CP and went back to Nablus after refusing to go through the humiliating body search by loud, callous gum-chewing women-soldiers who make insulting snide comments […] Why, he asked, do women-soldiers search men and men-soldiers search women? I inquired at the army hotline, and their response was as follows: ‘There is no such thing.’ […]The DCL too said this complaint had nothing to do with reality at the CP. And today: the checking posts at the men`s lines are womanned by MP women […] At times women-soldiers touch their bodies with the manual magnetometer. […] Needless to mention that when the ‘humanitarian’ gate is opened, women are checked by male soldiers”||19/6/2006|
|Israel court backs wall route||AP -- Aljazeera -- "Daniela Yanai, a lawyer at Ir Amim, an Israeli advocacy group that deals with Jerusalem issues, said the decisions reflect Israel`s goal of strengthening its hold on occupied east Jerusalem.`On the one hand you have Israel expanding its land, but on the other hand pushing Jerusalem residents away toward the West Bank,` she said"||19/6/2006|
|Machsom Watch Report : Sheikh Sa`aad and the Petition to the Supreme Court||"
Tirza – the wall`s architect, explained to the...judges Barak, Beinish and Rivlin, why Sheikh Sa`ad... belongs to the West Bank and not to Jerusalem. Why the inhabitants of Sheikh Sa`ad, which is a suburb of Jabel Mukaber were transformed overnight to "security threats". Why half the population... who bear Palestinian IDs should not be allowed into Jerusalem, while the other half, holding blue IDs are allowed into the city... through a gate that will be constructed and will be open 24 hours.
|Machsom Watch Report : Abu-Dis, Sheikh Sa’ad, Zeitim CP||Machsom Watch -
A soldier running towards a group of 30 – 40 people, mostly elderly women balancing large bundles on their heads, behind a coil of barbed wire. He cocks his gun, and kneels, pointing his gun towards them…
|For the Women of Iraq, the War is Just Beginning ||Terri Judd -
the Independent -
In the British-occupied south, where Muqtada al-Sadr`s Mehdi
Army retains a stranglehold, women insist the situation is at
its worst. Here they are forced to live behind closed doors
only to emerge, concealed behind scarves, hidden behind
husbands and fathers. Even wearing a pair of trousers is
considered an act of defiance, punishable by death.
|Don`t Forget Those Other 27,000 Nukes ||Hans Blix -
Herald Tribune -
The stagnation in global disarmament is only part of the
picture. In the United States, military authorities want new
types of nuclear weapons; in Britain, the government is
considering the replacement, at tremendous cost, of one
generation of nuclear weapons by another - as defense against
|Machsom Watch Report - Bethlehem area, 31.5.06||Machsom Watch -
Again the familiar litany of misery -- people who just want to go to hospital for their own treatment, or visit a dying loved one in a hospital, a Palestinian mother who wants to see her children in Nazareth, a pregnant woman pressing and being pressed against the turnstiles, having stood thus for two hours. Again the indifference of the soldiers...
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 4.6.06--10.6.06||MachsomWatch -- “Friday AM, 9.6.06, Sheikh Sa’ed: A sniper is standing behind the large rocks that block the road, with his gun pointed at a group of people gathered near the houses, holding them back, at a distance of some 20, 30 meters from the roadblock. So there were no elderly women and men crowded near the roadblock. Compared to last week, the soldiers were ‘well in control’. Two BP soldiers are up the hill, holding people back and checking IDs, allowing only Palestinians with Blue IDs to even approach the roadblock – one by one – just as the soldiers ordered. The barbed wire on the ground plays only a secondary role in keeping people from entering into the ‘Israeli’ side of Jebel Mukaber – it is the pointed gun. The BP did not even have to threaten to use the tear gas or stun grenades – though we heard reports that at six this morning, they did use gas and stun grenades, for some fifteen minutes”||12/6/2006|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 28.5.06-–3.6.06||SL -- MachsomWatch -- "Sunday, 28.5.06, 16:15, Shavei Shomron. A young man from Sebastia tells us, at Beit Iba, that he can’t get home, can’t go through the checkpoint at Shavei Shomron. Hasn’t been able to for days. The lone soldier at the top of the tower says that nobody, but nobody, can go through this checkpoint. It’s now a closed military area. There’s now a new checkpoint, he waves his hands towards the hills, he has no idea of its name. As for somebody from Sebastia, the village just beyond the concrete boulders, plastic barricades and filthy razor wire in the roadway, there’s no way anybody can now pass there. `They have to go through Nablus.`”||5/6/2006|
|At the checkpoint, waiting for Palestine||Fareed Taamallah - International Herald Tribune - "At 9 a.m., it was my turn. The soldier waved me forward with his finger. As I do every day, I stepped out of my car to hand him my ID. On the side of the road, a soldier whose face was partially hidden beneath his helmet pointed an automatic rifle at me, his finger on the trigger. I opened the trunk and he returned my ID to me without a word.
|First Officer Announces Refusal to Deploy to Iraq||Sarah Olson - t r u t h o u t - Lieutenant Ehren Watada held a press conference today to announce that he will refuse to obey orders to go to Iraq.||8/6/2006|
|Good and bad "collateral damage"||Cartoon by Matson||7/6/2006|
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