|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Israeli police raid on Druse town turns into riot||Isabel Kershner -
""Would they send in such a large armed force, like an army operation, to arrest someone in Tel Aviv?""||31/10/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 2110.07--27.10.2007||MachsomWatch, Sansana-Meitar CP (Hebron area), Sunday, 21.10.07, 06:00: “Hundreds people lined up, before the carousel, waiting already over 2 hours to pass. For the carousel to open and let 2-3 people in takes over 5 minutes. After some time the pace quickened somewhat. People shouted and complained that we must do something, that it cannot go on like this, that we should bring journalists and photograph them, for ‘the world to see.’ When we left at 07:30, over 100 people were still lining up. Others simply left, having lost a day’s work” ||29/10/2007|
|What happened in Nahr Al Bared?||Michael Birmingham -- ZNet -- "Something terrible has been done to the residents of Nahr al Bared, and the Lebanese people are being spared the details. Over the past two weeks, since the camp was partly reopened to a few of its residents, many of us who have been there have been stunned by a powerful reality. Beyond the massive destruction of the homes from three months of bombing, room after room, house after house have been burned. Burned from the inside. Amongst the ashes on the ground, are the insides of what appear to have been car tyres"||29/10/2007|
|JNF bill challenged by Arab proprietary database ||Sharon Roffe-Ofir -
"Swaid called on any member of the Arab public, who believe land owned by their families was nationalized in favor of the JNF, to come forward and supply the necessary ownership papers."||24/10/2007|
|Yariv Oppenheimer , the secretary-general of Peace Now, ameliorates the checkpoints||Report of Hava H, MachsomWatch from Jordan Valley checkpoints, translated by Mark Marshall - "Our words, to the effect that these people were crossing inside Palestinian territory from one Palestinian village to another, that today was a holiday, that the children were small, that it was terribly hot – they all fell on the ears of soldiers who were following orders “and it wasn’t us who decided on the location of the checkpoint”.
Meanwhile we told Yariv Oppenheimer what we thought of him and what he was doing and he, what a surprise, hastened to drum into our heads the original claim: would it be better to refuse? It is better that I be here where I can ameliorate the situation at the checkpoint."||23/10/2007|
|Blair admits he is shocked by discrimination on the West Bank||Donald Macintyre -- The Independent -- "[Blair] was shocked by what he was told about conditions in Hebron and diplomats say he was genuinely taken aback by his trip to the West Bank sector of the Jordan Valley – where Palestinians are allowed to dig wells only a third as deep as Israelis – at the exploitation of resources by the rich Jewish agricultural settlements at the expense of closed in Palestinian farmers. And he has been privately dismissive – rather more so perhaps than he was as Prime Minister – of the argument by some Israelis that security comes first"
|Report -- Palestinians return to desolate, dangerous camp ||IRIN -- Electronic Intifada Lebanon -- "Security was extremely tight at the narrow, dusty checkpoint at Mahamra, on the eastern flank of Nahr al-Bared, with the army checking papers and searching vehicles one by one as they queued to re-enter the camp between rolls of razor wire. Only the elderly, women and children were allowed back into the camp on 10 October for security reasons, according to military officials at the scene. Journalists were not allowed inside Nahr al-Bared also for security reasons"||15/10/2007|
|Hamas wants negotiations with Fatah ||Maan News - "Deposed Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced Wednesday that serious efforts are underway to resume negotiations between rival Hamas and Fatah factions. He said an unnamed Arab state would host talks between the groups in the coming days."
|On harassment Palestinians living on the `wrong` side of the separation fence||Daphne Banai - MachsomWatch ||9/10/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 30.9.07– 6.10.07||MachsomWatch – Huwwara, Thursday, 4.10.07, 19:30: “A man, his pregnant wife and baby daughter are not allowed in because – as the soldier put it – they were a half hour late. The man explained to the soldiers that he had been kept waiting at the Zaatara (Tapuach) Junction for a long time and that is why he didn`t make it by 19:00. Even his permit to enter Israel did not convince the checkpoint commander. Another 4 cars arrived, and their passengers, too, were prevented entry on the same pretext. […] At 1:10 a.m. the pregnant woman decided to walk home with the baby, hoping some family member would pick them up on the other side of the checkpoint. […] 1:40. The order [to let the men drive on] was given. Now abuse has to be extended just a little bit more: vehicle inspection. The truck driver had to pull apart the cabin, the soldiers rummaged in every compartment and under every car seat. Finally, each driver got his own personal wave-off to the sounds of ‘Fuck you, move already…’"
|Why the Silence?||Rabbi Arthur Waskow-The Nation -"At the Great March for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, I heard Rabbi Joachim Prinz proclaim that silence is a crime. What is breeding silence now? The same old demons: Fear of the wealthy, deference to the powerful, and a desire not to wipe the smiles off "friends" just to prevent thousands of deaths and maimings –- so long as the dead are in someone else`s family.... One and only one organization that began by addressing Israel-related human-rights issues, Rabbis for Human Rights/ North America, has expanded its concerns to include US policy elsewhere – by focusing like a laser beam on US denials of human rights, especially the legitimation of torture. "
|About the little coffee sellers|| Aya Kaniuk - MachsomWatch - Report from Huwara checkpoint
which blocks Nablus - link to www.mahsanmilim.com - GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR ENGLISH TEXT - "Huwara checkpoint checks. Movement. That is what it does. That is its essence. All the rest is variation. Whoever desires security does not impose closure upon Nablus and prevents people from entering and exiting it. These are the objectives of whoever wishes to strangle, starve and harass.
|Annals of National Security: Shifting Targets - The Administration’s plan for Iran.||Seymour M. Hersh - New Yorker - Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national-security adviser, .. said that he had heard discussions of the White House’s more limited bombing plans for Iran. Brzezinski said that Iran would likely react to an American attack “by intensifying the conflict in Iraq and also in Afghanistan, their neighbors, and that could draw in Pakistan. We will be stuck in a regional war for twenty years.”||3/10/2007|
|Checkpoints in August 2007||Observations of Machsom Watch - an organisation of Israeli women against the occupation and for human rights- "The village Hirbat Asla, in the district of Qalqilia, owned 6000 dunams of land before the construction of the fence. Now, 70% of the land is trapped on the western side of the fence. An agricultural gate is installed in the fence a km to the west from the way that leads from the village to the lands. Through this gate the farmers are supposed to reach their plots. The gate is far from the lands and cannot be reached by a tractor or any other vehicle. So they have to make the rocky mountainous path on foot or on donkey, and thus they are practically prevented from cultivating their vineyards."||3/10/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 23.9.07--29.9.07||MachsomWatch -- Qalandiya, Third Friday of the Ramadan, 28.9.07, 11:00: “Outside the checkpoint area, […] a small group of men and children was gathered to conduct the holiday prayer on the pavement, in protest of the fact that they were not allowed to go pray in the Mosques. The prayer was conducted in a quiet and orderly manner, and when it finished and people began to disperse, dozens of special police personnel (swat teams), Border Patrolmen and other types of uniform wearers spread out facing the Palestinians with plastic shields on their faces, helmets on their heads, snipers with their guns pointed at the people, finger on the trigger and eye trained on their sights, alert and ready for battle, and warning us that the children are about to begin throwing stones […] Even before a single stone was thrown, a shot was heard, and then another”||1/10/2007|
| Palestinians in Iraq tortured, ill-treated: Amnesty||AFP -- Yahoo! News -- "Thousands of Palestinian refugees in Iraq have been ill-treated, with many of them abducted, tortured and murdered by armed Shiite Muslim groups, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday"||1/10/2007|
|Bil’in: solidarity from Walaja, particularly severe army violence||ISM report - Members of the Palestinian Cycling Club and villagers of Al Walaja joined the Bil’in villagers and international and Israeli activists for the weekly anti-Wall demonstration. Walaja has its own demonstration against the Wall, which is to surround their village, and its people`s presence in solidarity and camaraderie with Bil’in was greatly welcomed. Army violence against the demonstration was especially severe this week.
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 14.10.07--20.10.07||MachsomWatch – Samoa (Hebron area), Tuesday, 16.10.07, 11:00: “3 taxis, with the passengers standing outside, next to a jeep. The 3 taxis did the “unforgivable” -- they used unpaved roads to get on #6. One of the drivers was detained. His car keys were confiscated at 08:30, and returned at 11:00. In another taxi is an ill woman, with her mother and 2 others, on their way to the Alia Hospital in Hebron. The officer lets them pass. The 3rd taxi with 3 small children, women and men are all waiting for the detained driver. 2 hours on the highway, to teach them a lesson. We […] start making phone calls. That apparently gets the officer to take the driver’s ID to be checked. After 20 minutes, everyone is released” ||22/10/2007|
|Formalizing apartheid packaged as peace initiative ||Neta Golan and Mohammed Khatib -
"The de facto annexation of this strategic 9.5 percent of the West Bank`s land behind Israel`s apartheid wall has already taken place. The "peace" process will simply make it official."
|Barrier to peace ||Samar Assad - Palestine Center (Washington) - Israel claims the new route of the fence will annex “only” 8-7 percent of the West Bank.
However, a study of the maps by the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department concludes that 12 percent of West Bank land stands to be annexed [with a link to the IDF`s map - ed.]||4/10/2007|
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