|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Palestinians protest the Annapolis summit ||Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - ""We do not recognize those who hold talks in Annapolis; they do not represent the Palestinian people," said Ismail Haniyeh, the dismissed Palestinian Prime Minister, in response to the Washington-sponsored Palestinian-Israeli summit in Annapolis."
|Exclusive: Russia to host post-Annapolis summit||JERUSALEM POST -
"Indeed, it had been suggested that Syria decided to come to Annapolis only with the explicit guarantee of a subsequent restart of substantive negotiations with Israel."
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 18.11.07--24.11.07||MachsomWatch – Huwwara (Nablus area), Sunday, 18.11.07, 15:15: “The men`s lines are impeccable single files. As though they had just been drilled. A securing soldier yells ‘Whoa whoa whoa whoa!!!’ at such volume that even we jump. A major row takes place inside the lines and the soldiers stress out and roar even more than usual. This scene goes on and on, the Palestinians can no longer get through, checking is stopped”
|Beirut`s black Friday: conCENSUS needed? ||Rannie Amiri - Counterpunch - Can any Lebanese have confidence in a Prime Minister who hugged and kissed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in spite of her refusal to call for a ceasefire?||25/11/2007|
|you are not some arab or something. i am talking to you ||by Aya Kaniuk - MachsomWatch - link to mahsanmilim.com - Reports from the West Bank - "Huwara CP. One of the checkpoints which blocks Nablus. Saturday afternoon 10.11.07.
From afar we notice a soldier pushing A., one of the men who have been working as a porter at the checkpoint for several years now – pushing him with his hand and ramming him with his chest..."||20/11/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 11.11.07--17.11.07||MachsomWatch – Huwwara, Wednesday, 15.11.07, 7.50: “About 40 pedestrians wait in line. There are 2 active CPs and a ‘Humanitarian’. The checking of outgoing vehicles is very slow. In the 1 hour and 15 minutes we were there, 2 buses and 1 van crossed. The passengers alight, each has to pass their personal bags through the screening machine, then they are made to stand in line as if they were taking part in a drill exercise, some are resent to the screening car while the dog goes through the bus and after 20-25 minutes they may go back to the bus and continue on their way”||19/11/2007|
|Treacherous Alliance||Jim Miles - ZNet - Review of "Treacherous Alliance: the secret dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States", by Trita Parsi. Yale University Press, New Haven. 2007||18/11/2007|
|UN: W. Bank fence severs Palestinans from fields ||Associated Press - Only 18 percent of some 30,000 West Bank farmers who used to work the lands cut off by Israel`s separation barrier now have Israeli permits to reach their fields, the U.N. said in a report on the lives of some 230,000 Palestinians in 67 communities close to the barrier.
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 4.11.07–10.11.07||MachsomWatch -- Sansana-Meitar CP (Hebron area), Sunday, 4.11.07, 07:00: “Over 200 people crowded in queue and no progress. Workers say they are there since 03:30. We`re told the computers are offline, and all 4 queues are manned. The workers claim only 2 are operating. Moments later the line begins to move quickly. Apparently, they switched to manual checking. By 07.32 the CP is empty. Alas, too late for some who’s employers did not wait. Two workers are informed that the next time they are ‘late’, they will be replaced”
|Tarqumia terminal brings hardship to local Palestinians||Ameen Abu Wardeh -- IMEMC -- "Tarqumia illegal border crossing is located between the Hebron towns of Adhna and Tarqumia. It`s 20 km away from Hebron city and it links the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The border lies on fertile lands which belong to civilians in the towns of al-Kahel and Tafouh towns. A new border crossing is soon to be built in this region. The construction area has annexed a huge area [...] estimated to be more than 500 Dunums"||12/11/2007|
|Abbas and Peres call for peace ||Agencies -
Al Jazeera -
"Abbas expressed gratitude to the people of Turkey for its longstanding support of the Palestinian cause, and Peres thanked Turkey for welcoming Jews into the country after being expelled from Spain in the 1450s."
|Wire cage installed at Huwwara checkpoint||Saed Bannoura -
"Palestinian civilians were on Saturday made to wait for some three hours or more to pass through the checkpoint."||14/11/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 28.10.07–3.11.07||MachsomWatch -- Beit Iba (Nablus Area), Tuesday, 30.10.07, AM: “At the pedestrian checkpoint, a commotion such as we haven`t seen for a long time. Hundreds of people crowd the small space, the (new) soldiers are busy conducting power-wars with the Palestinians, and most of time simply stop passing people, men women and even `humanitarians.` Waiting time: two hours. […] Due to the condition of the checkpoint lines could not be formed. The commander and the soldiers kept yelling ‘Irjah Lawara’ (move back) - the men tried to do so, moved a meter at a time, but the commander wasn`t satisfied. One of the stops lasted 20 minutes”
|Israel`s Settlement Blocs Carve Up the West Bank|| Mohammed Khatib - Znet - "We take strength from our faith that no situation of injustice can continue forever. In the end we will all have to live on this land as equals. When that time finally comes we will discover that we are more similar than different. Until then, we will not accept shiny trinkets made of words like "state" and "sovereignty" when we know that within our "state" we will not be able to access our water, exit and enter freely, or move from one place to another without Israeli permission."||6/11/2007|
|Beit Ibba and Huwara Checkpoints, Saturday 20.10.07 PM||Aya Kaniuk - MachsomWatch - link to mahsanmilim.com - Reports from the West Bank - "All checkpoints always – differing mostly in their external appearance – resemble a never-changing essence: this essence of a checkpoint to abuse and blocks and deny Palestinians life on their land, as a purpose.
|OCHA Closure Update, Occupied Palestinian Territory||OCHA -- "The number of physical obstacles fluctuates from month to month; some are removed by Palestinians, others are avoided by the development of rough roads around them and new ones are created by the Israeli Defence Forces [...] Since April 2007 the changes reported by OCHA include the removal of 80 closures and the creation of 115 additional closures including earth mounds, concrete road bocks and the installation of three new fully-staffed checkpoints. In October 2007 OCHA reported a total of 561 closures , a slight decrease compared to the September figure of 563"||5/11/2007|
|The Problem in Pakistan||Tony Karon - Rootless Cosmopolitan - "The bottom line in Pakistan, where all opinion polls find Osama bin Laden an overwhelmingly more popular figure than President Bush, is that even the urban middle class opposes Pakistan’s frontline role in fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda. It is a war that most Pakistanis see as benefiting a hostile U.S. agenda — even those Pakistanis who want no truck with Shariah law themselves. Indeed, savvy middle class Pakistanis know all too well that the whole jihadist infrastructure of madrassas and paramilitary organizations was first created in the northwest as part of a U.S.-Saudi program to create the infrastructure for an insurgency against the Soviets in Afghanistan. They’ll know, also, that the Pakistani military nurtured this element as a proxy force against India in Kashmir, just as it nurtured the Taliban in Afghanistan. "||23/11/2007|
|The Middle East has had a secretive nuclear power in its midst for years||George Monbiot -
The Guardian -
"While the International Atomic Energy Agency`s inspectors crawl round Iran`s factories, put seals on its uranium tanks and blow the whistle when it fails to cooperate, they have no legal authority to inspect facilities in Israel." ||21/11/2007|
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