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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

TitleDescriptionDate
Nasrallah regrets war in hindsightDaily Star staff - Daily Star - "If I knew that the capture of the soldiers would have led to this result, had Hizbullah known even 1 percent, we definitely would have not carried it out." 28/8/2006
World sat byDahr Jamail - Znet - The Israeli military is not capable of protecting their own civilians; they are not successful at waging an invasion against another country; and now at the end of all of it, Israeli citizens feel that less secure now then they did before this ever occurred.27/8/2006
"We`re being set up again" - just like IraqJuan Cole - Informed Comment - Here is what the professionals are saying about the Republican-dominated Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy report on Iran that slams US intelligence professionals for poor intelligence on Iran: The report demonstrates that these Republicans have poor intelligence . . . on Iran.27/8/2006
Inquiry Opened Into Israeli Use of U.S. BombsDAVID S. CLOUD-The New York Times-"reports that three types of American cluster munitions, anti-personnel weapons that spray bomblets over a wide area, have been found in many areas of southern Lebanon and were responsible for civilian casualties."25/8/2006
Israeli bombs keep on killingaljazeera.net-"people assume that because of their small size that they are harmless".25/8/2006
Huwara checkpoint, Sunday 20.8.06 PMNaomi Lalo - Machsomwatch - "We did not time anything today. In view of the goings-on time had no meaning whatsoever. From the moment we arrived until we left, the checkpoint was run with amazing ineffectiveness and arbitrariness, let alone sheer idiocy. Unlike the men who are used to the extended wait of hours, and the humiliating invasive inspections, emphasis today was shifted to the women – of all ages­, little girls, elderly ladies, pregnant women, students and mothers with suckling babies in their arms." 24/8/2006
More lands annexed near Jerusalem to install “fortified checkpoint” Saed Bannoura -IMEMC & Agencies - "Israeli soldiers confiscated nine Dunams of Palestinian land from Shu`fat village, north of Jerusalem, in order to expand a military checkpoint located on the western entrance to Shu`fat refugee camp. The forces also intend to annex more lands around this checkpoint in order to fortify it and create what Israel describes as a “security zone”." 24/8/2006
Hizbollah`s reconstruction of Lebanon is winning the loyalty of disaffected Shia Robert Fisk - The Independent - "Most householders in the south have received - or are receiving - a minimum initial compensation payment of $12,000 (£6,300), either for new furniture or to cover their family`s rent while Hizbollah construction gangs rebuild their homes" 24/8/2006
So what if the High Court said ...Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "Attorney Giat Nasser of Jerusalem maintains that Tirza not only continues to appear before the High Court but says in a letter to the state prosecutor that the senior clerk continues to deceive the High Court."24/8/2006
Beatings and abuse in the shadow of warB`Tselem -- "The increase in incidents has been particularly evident since the outbreak of the war in Lebanon, on 12 July [...] Most of the violent incidents took place at checkpoints that are staffed permanently or intermittently, or at one of the flying checkpoints that the army sets up daily on West Bank roads"21/8/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 13.8.06--19.8.06MachsomWatch – Huwwara, Sunday, 13.8.06, PM: “Children and mothers tell us they have been standing for over two hours in the special `humanitarian` line. Also from the `humanitarian` line: the securing soldier points his rifle at the passers chests 30 cm. away […] Women tell us of [...] hours of waiting, hysterical girl sobbing incessantly, a very pregnant woman (perhaps beginning labor) who could be extricated from there only with great difficulty […] anyone not standing still like a mummy is considered a troublemaker and is restrained and thrown to the detainees` concrete cell. During our vigil at least three different men were treated that way, hands restrained behind their back”21/8/2006
Fears over cluster bomb clean-upBBC -- Clearing unexploded Israeli cluster bombs from southern Lebanon could take 12 months, the head of the UN weapons clearance team there has told the BBC 21/8/2006
After Lebanon war, unexploded bombs continue to sow deathAnne Chaon-Agence France Presse/Daily Star-"Some of the villages are completely contaminated from one end to the other ... people are moving in and living among UXOs (unexploded ordnance)," 18/8/2006
The army is back, but don`t expect it to disarm HizbollahRobert Fisk-The Independent - "..they had told the Lebanese army not to search for weapons. So much for the disarmament of the Hizbollah south of the Litani river. And so much for President Bush`s "war on terror" which the Israelis claim to be fighting on America`s behalf."18/8/2006
Paul Larudee update on the sights and sounds of Lebanon todayPaul Larudee -Report by Email - "I asked her a few questions while the camera was running, but the references to details of life before the invasion brought tears to her eyes where there had only been surprise. Why hit the schools?"18/8/2006
Ceasefire must holdAmnesty International - "Civilians have borne the brunt of this conflict for too long." 16/8/2006
Hezbollah Leads Work to Rebuild, Gaining Stature JOHN KIFNER - NY Times - "the beneficiary of the destruction was most likely to be Hezbollah." 15/8/2006
Israeli raid damages Temple of BacchusAfshin Molavi - The Daily Star - "Israeli air raids in Baalbek killed one child and caused damage to the ancient Roman Temple of Bacchus on Saturday."15/8/2006
Ceasefire Progress! Mission Accomplished?Ricken Patel - Ceasefire Campaign - "On Friday the Council finally responded to global public pressure and passed a resolution demanding a "cessation of hostilities" in the conflict in Lebanon." 15/8/2006
IOF Closes only Entrance in Qusin Village, Nablus WAFA - "the destruction of Palestinian lands is in preparation for fencing beginning from the Beit Iba checkpoint" 15/8/2006
Desert of trapped corpses testifies to Israel`s failure Robert Fisk - The Independent - "Far from driving the Hizbollah north across the Litani river, Israel has entrenched them in their Lebanese villages as never before."15/8/2006
Cautious relief greets ceasefire Christian Henderson - Aljazeera - "A foul smell hung over the area but Hezbollah fighters in the area denied there were dead bodies still lying in the ruins. " 15/8/2006
The Israeli Master Plan: Jerusalem 2000 Amal Nashashibi - IMEMC - "Jerusalem 2000 will phase out the Palestinian communal entity totally as it alienates Palestinian areas from each other"14/8/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 6.8.06--12.8.06 MachsomWatch -- Military Court Ofer, Monday, 7.8.06: “One of the fringe benefits of observing in the military court is to witness the bursts of joy of the prisoners when they can see their family members for the short time of their hearing. It is the only opportunity they have to exchange some words, some news, some smiles and to receive encouragement […] Sometimes it seems that the prisoners are less interested in their trial than in the conversations with their family […] Given the complete lack of influence the prisoners have on the outcome of their case, this is not surprising”14/8/2006
Lebanon truce takes holdAljazeera + Agencies -- Guns fell silent across southern Lebanon on Monday morning as a United Nations ceasefire halting Israel`s month-long war against Hezbollah came into effect, Lebanese security forces say14/8/2006
Israel`s attack on convoy a `mistake`Agencies -- Aljazeera -- Israel has admitted that it was "mistaken" in attacking a convoy of hundreds of cars carrying people fleeing the fighting in southern Lebanon12/8/2006
Israel wages broader Lebanon offensiveAgencies --Aljazeera -- At least 15 people have been killed or injured as Israel launches a wider offensive against Hezbollah just hours after the UN passed a resolution to stop the fighting12/8/2006
Shrugs for the Dead NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF - NY Times - "Arabs have often argued that Americans have a double standard in the Middle East: We are more solicitous of casualties in Israel than in Gaza or Lebanon."9/8/2006
Israeli strike `kills 40 people`BBC News -- An Israeli air strike has killed more than 40 people in the southern Lebanese border village of Houla, Lebanon`s prime minister has said7/8/2006
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 30.7.06–5.8.06 MachsomWatch -- Etzion DCL, Tuesday AM, 1.8.06: “A man told us that yesterday people got through before the closure was declared. On their way back they were stopped at the Tunnels CP and 70 of them had their work permits torn up, so they had come to the DCL this morning to renew them”7/8/2006
Israel bombs eastern LebanonAgencies -- Aljazeera -- Israeli warplanes have carried out more than a dozen bombing raids on eastern Lebanon, targeting roads linking the region with Syria. More air strikes hit southern Lebanon and the suburbs of Beirut7/8/2006
Former Lebanese PM to Bush: `You are a terrorist`Salim al-Hoss - Daily Star - "Mr. President: You are not fooling anybody with your alleged war against terrorism. In our perspective, you and Israel are the most unscrupulous terrorists on earth. If you want to fight terrorism, we suggest that you start with your administration and your hideous ally, Israel."6/8/2006
Three Palestinian women killed by Hizbullah rocketHaaretz - A woman and her two daughters were killed when their home suffered a direct hit in a Katyusha rocket strike on the Bedouin village of Arab al-Aramshe, in the Western Galilee near the northern border, on Saturday.6/8/2006
Weeks of bombing leave Lebanon in ruinsThanassis Cambanis, Rana Fil - Boston Globe/Commondreams - The hourlong trip down the coast from Beirut to Tyre now takes three hours through winding mountain roads, since the coastal road has been bombed so heavily it`s impossible to drive. Bombing has destroyed 70 bridges, about one-fifth of the country`s bridges and highway overpasses, according to the Ministry of Public Works. 6/8/2006
A terrible thought occurs to me - that there will be another 9/11Robert Fisk - The Independent/Commondreams - Once a people have lost their terror, they cannot be re-injected with fear. Thus Israel`s consistent policy of smashing Arabs into submission no longer works. It is a policy whose bankruptcy the Americans are now discovering in Iraq.6/8/2006
Beirut dismisses UN draft resolutionAl-Jazeera - Lebanon has rejected a draft UN resolution which calls for ceasefire, but not the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops.6/8/2006
Venezuela pulls out Israel ambassadoraljazeera.net-"It`s also fascism what Israel is doing to the Palestinian people ... terrorism and fascism."5/8/2006
Aid lifeline broken after Israelis hit highwayRory McCarthy in Metula, Faisal al-Yafai in Damascus, Will Woodward, Duncan Campbell -The Guardian-"Tens of thousands of people remain trapped in the region without any outside assistance. They are in urgent need of food, clean water, medical supplies, fuel and shelter," 5/8/2006
Hezbollah warned not to violate truceAFP – Aljazeera -- The Lebanese government, in an unprecedented move, has warned Hezbollah against violating the UN-brokered truce21/8/2006
Refugees overwhelm LebanonScott Peterson - The Christian Science Monitor - ""God help us, we did not even take our shoes," cries Halima Doughan, who brought her eight children here"2/8/2006
Lebanon: We will sue Israel in Hague Roee Nahmias - YNET - " Lebanese minister of justice states that Israel`s attacks constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and wonders how pictures of Qana did not bring about ceasefire. Red Cross publishes that 28 corpses evacuated from Qana, contrary to Lebanese reports that 57 people were killed. " 1/8/2006
Israel to expand ground war in LebanonYana Dlugy - The Daily Star - " "There is no ceasefire and there will be no ceasefire in the coming days," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared.Israel`s security cabinet gave the green light Tuesday to widen its ground offensive in the three-week old war on the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah that has killed well over 500 people and left much of Lebanon`s infrastructure in ruins. "1/8/2006
White flags, not a legitimate target Peter Bouckaert - Guardian - " Israel must take responsibility for the dreadful human toll in Lebanon...the Israeli Justice Minister, Haim Ramon, reportedly said, "All those now in south Lebanon are terrorists who are related in some way to Hizbullah." So if you take to the roads to flee, you are a terrorist - who else would travel the southern roads now? And, if you stay at home because the danger is so great, you are also a terrorist... " 1/8/2006
Eyewitness: Mass burial in LebanonCal Perry - CNN - " TYRE, Lebanon -- Eight days ago, the Lebanese Army buried 87 bodies in a mass grave in the city of Tyre. Today, they are laying another 34 in the ground. " 1/8/2006
Lebanon/Israel conflict: attacks on civilians need immediate investigationAmnesty International - " Call for an immediate investigation into violations of international law by Israeli and Hizbullah, including violations which may amount to war crimes." 23/8/2006
Israeli soldiers attacking Palestinians with Nasrallah screen savers on their mobile phones Ali Samoudi - Palestine News Network - "They said the screen saver incited riots and after beating people for an hour, they destroyed the cell and threatened everyone with arrest.” 23/8/2006
A European-American, not a Palestinian-American, can visit PalestineBen Sharpton -- The Electronic Intifada -- "The best reason for people to be admitted entry to the West Bank - being Palestinian - has become the reason why they are being denied entry"5/8/2006
Dozens killed in Israeli air raidsAgencies -- Aljazeera -- "In the deadliest attack on Friday, 33 people were killed and 20 injured when an Israeli strike hit a farm near Qaa, close to the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley where workers, mostly Syrian Kurds, were loading plums and peaches onto trucks"5/8/2006
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