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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 23.12.07--9.12.07MachsomWatch -- Ezyon District Coordination Office (Bethlehem area), Wednesday , 26.12.07: "A 77 year old lady from Beit Sahur is there, distraught. She is Greek Orthodox, and wants to pray in Jerusalem on their holiday, Jan. 6. She also simply wants to visit Jerusalem, and can`t for the life of her understand why anyone would want to prevent her from doing so, but prevent her they do. All but one of the immediate family have been given permits, and in the past, so has she, and now for reasons mysterious to her she is General Security Service denied" 31/12/2007
Pregnant Palestinian women forced to give birth at home because of fenceAli Waked - Ynet - "In village surrounded by separation fence on outskirts of Qalqiliya, pregnant women prefer to stay elsewhere in later months of pregnancy for fear they will not be able to pass through gate in fence in order to give birth in hospital" 27/12/2007
Closures throttling Palestinian economyMEL FRYKBERG - Middle East Times - "Despite an aid package of $7.4 billion pledged by donor states and organizations at last week`s international donor`s conference in Paris, the World Bank has warned that unless Israel eases its draconian policy of closures and restrictions on movement and trade, the battered Palestinian economy could deteriorate even further." 27/12/2007
Refusing to accept apartheid in Beit Jala Adri Nieuwhof and Amer Madi - "Last night the rains finally arrived in Beit Jala, a small town in the West Bank, one kilometer west of Bethlehem and about eight kilometers south of Jerusalem. Its alluring hills are covered with olive trees, vineyards and apricots. In 1967 Israel confiscated 22 percent of Beit Jala`s land. Now, the construction of Israel`s separation wall is in full swing and will cut off another 45 per cent of Beit Jala`s land."25/12/2007
Graffiti Artists Decorate Bethlehem Barrierby Eric Westervelt - NPR - link to article, including picture gallery 25/12/2007
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Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 16-22.12.2007 / Machsomwatch Summary - November 2007 MachsomWatch -- Qalandiya CP, Wednesday, 19.12.07: `The crowds here build up every afternoon 16:30-17:30, when many Palestinians want to cross back home to Jerusalem. And it is precisely at 16:30 that soldiers get their `break`, and only 1 checking station remains open. On this holiday [Eid el Adha], entire families with their festively dressed children (all Jerusalemites or with special permits to go to Israel) must wait outside the CP area until the only checking station is free [?] Why not at 15:30, when there are few people crossing? After so much daily experience, sending the soldiers to eat at peak crossing time seems to be done on purpose. Only at 17:20 is a second station opened. Many people have already missed the holiday dinner`24/12/2007
Six wounded in nonviolent Anti-wall protest in Bil`nGhassan Bannoura - IMEMC - The Israeli army installed a barbed-wire roadblock to try and prevent the protesters reaching the construction site. As soon as the demonstration reached the roadblock troops showered the protesters with tear gas and metal rubber coated bullets injuring six people. [NB: There is also a video!. ed] 22/12/2007
Palestinian laborers in South have little choice but to brave Israeli cluster bombsRebecca Murray - Daily Star - "Abu Ali Ahmad is a Rashidiyeh legend, having reportedly detonated thousands of cluster bombs single-handedly after the conflict ended in August 2006."19/12/2007
All in all, it`s another wallBruce Lerner - Collegian - "The speakers stressed the importance of international outcry in ending the occupation and urged people to become active." 19/12/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 9.12.07--15.12.07MachsomWatch -- Tarqumiya (Hebron area), Thursday, 13.12.07, 05:45: “Things already looked bad from the road. Many transports blocking the road, and waiting for workers to cross. We estimate 500+ workers in the queue […]. Some said they had been waiting over 2 hours. A soldier said the crowding was the result of the closure of two other CPs. Papers were being checked quickly and efficiently by 6 MPs. […] The workers claim that when MW is not there, the line is held up for hours, and ‘after 7:00 the contractors don`t want us anymore.’ By 06:40, the line consisted of no more than 200 workers” 17/12/2007
The Turbulent Winds of the Annapolis Conference Dan Lieberman - Palestine Chronicle - Discussing the Annapolis Conference, in face-to-face talks with the prime ministers, foreign ministers and non-government officials (NGOs) of Israel, Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, revealed how far we are from achieving peace in the Middle East and how far Annapolis is from the Earth that others walk upon. 15/12/2007
The only optionKhaled Amayreh-Al Ahram-"In reality, the Palestinian leader didn`t have to wait long to find out that Annapolis was yet another deception. This week, the Israeli government announced plans to build more than 300 Jewish settler units in the Har-Homa settlement, adjacent to the predominantly Christian-Arab town of Beit Sahur. On Wednesday 12 December, Israeli media reported that hundreds of additional settler units were to be built in the West Bank." 14/12/2007
Huwwara, Sunday 25.11.07 PMMachsomwatch - Report - "The issue of soldiers punishing Palestinians at the Checkpoint came up at a meeting with the legal adviser of the West Bank command of the army, and lawyers Gabi Lasky and Smadar Ben Nathan who attended the meeting were told explicity that detention/delay may NOT be used as a punitive measure for any reason whatsoever. Detention is allowed only for conducting security checks of the detainee`s data, and as soon as this check is completed, the detainee is to be released. Following procedures used by Huwara-Beit Furiq battalion commander at these two checkpoints, we filed a complaint with the legal adviser through the above named lawyers." 13/12/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 2.12.07--8.12.07 / Machsomwatch Alerts - October 2007MachsomWatch Alerts, October 2007 – “The Minister of Defence declared that 24 CPs would be dismantled in the West Bank, and that further dismantling would be considered. The military gave OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) a list of 33 barriers that had been dismantled. We went on the 12th November to see for ourselves. Here are our findings: 9 of the barriers that the military claimed that had been dismantled, are still there; 10 barriers on the list have never existed; 8 barriers had been dismantled months ago; 2 of the list we were not able to check; 4 have been actually dismantled lately and 3 new ones have been added”10/12/2007
Two-thirds of Israelis oppose attack on Iran: pollAFP - Two-thirds of Israelis oppose their country launching on its own a military attack against nuclear installations in arch-foe Iran, said a poll published on Thursday.9/12/2007
Checkpoints in OctoberMachsomWatch Summary – October 2007 - "The car crossing permit he showed did not convince the soldier: “Here it does not hold”. 4 more cars arrived and the passengers of the cars were also not allowed to pass. Two of the drivers tried to argue with the soldiers only to be pushed back to a nearby parking lot and hit with the butts of the rifles. They called the DCO for help and the CP commander responded: “It won’t help you. You will not pass”. “As far as I am concerned they can die” the soldier added, when we showed him that a pregnant woman and her baby are in the car."4/12/2007
Banksy at the West Bank barrier 3/12/2007
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Guerrilla artist Banksy in Holy LandAidan Jones -- The Guardian -- "The Bristol-born artist has struck again with a series of stencilled works on and around the highly controversial security barrier ringing Bethlehem - with six ironic images, including a dove wearing a flak jacket and a soldier being frisked by a young girl"3/12/2007
25 Nov. 2007: Army demolishes village housing over 200 Palestinians, west of the BarrierB`Tselem -- "On 25 October, the army left demolition orders under stones at the entrances to homes in the village. On 29 October, soldiers in jeeps and bulldozers began to demolish the tents and caves without giving the residents leave to remove their possessions"3/12/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 25.11.07– 1.12.07MachsomWatch -- Pharmacy CP, Hebron, Tuesday, 27.11.07: “The international volunteers tell us about incidents that occurred at the Cordoba school yesterday and the day before. The Principal told us that on Sunday, when the regular school guard was absent, settlers entered and smashed the decorative fence and littered the entrance path with rocks. They destroyed the new garden and rooted up the fresh plants. […] The next day settler kids and adolescents, with encouragement of their elders climbed on the original staircase (with the barbed wire) and with axes broke the water pipe to the school. They yelled and cursed and made obscene slaughtering gestures”3/12/2007
Bush Set to Visit Israel And Palestinians: Israeli Media REUTERS - NYT - "A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he could not officially confirm Bush`s visit. The White House had no immediate comment. Palestinian officials could not say when the trip was planned to take place, although they said he was planning to visit the region." 5/12/2007
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