|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Orly Azoulay reporting from Riyadh ||Orly Azoulay - Yediot Aharonot/Y-Net - The representative of the Saudi Information Ministry, who picked us up in his car, asked one of the journalists if he knew anything about an Israeli journalist that was due to arrive. "She very much wanted to but was not granted a visa," the representative said. The journalist burst into laughter: "She received a visa and an invitation from the Saudi foreign minister." The official opened his eyes widely and went on to ask when the journalist would arrive and where she was. "Here she is, sitting in your car," the journalist pointed to me. Had his seat not had a backrest he would have fallen over. He looked at me, remained silent for a moment and then said: "Welcome to Riyadh. Welcome, you have nothing to worry about; we shall all look after you. You are our guest".
|Arab leaders revive peace plan at Saudi summit ||Khalid Neimat - The Jordan Times - "The blueprint offers Israel full normalisation of relations if it withdraws from all land occupied in the 1967 war and allows the creation of a Palestinian state and the return of Palestinian refugees"||29/3/2007|
|Israel to grab 80 Dunams to construct a Wall section in Qalqilia||Saed Bannoura -
"Jayyous is one of the villages which are most affected by the construction of the Annexation Wall. It lost more than 9000 Dunams during the first stage."||28/3/2007|
|Summit to revive peace plan ||Agencies -
Al Jazeera -
"The final draft avoids any mention of the phrase "right of return" for Palestinian refugees."
|Three Anti-Wall Demonstrations||"This Friday is the anniversary of Land Day, a symbol for the Palestinian struggle against land theft. This year, the symbolic date is going to have a concrete meaning: the struggle against the Separation Barrier, which, under the guise of security, has been from its very start a major tool for massive land theft and the expansion of Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank."
|The problem with building an embassy fit for an empire||Adil Shamoo - Baltimore Sun/Commondreams - The headline reads: "Thousands of angry Iraqis pillage billion-dollar U.S. Embassy in Baghdad." The article details the ransacking of the grandiose American Embassy by Iraqi mobs. This is the story I expect to read one day within the next decade.||23/3/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 18.3.07--24.3.07||MachsomWatch -- Sunday, 18.3.07, 16:45, Huwwara: “A taxi arrives from Nablus, in it an aged couple – a very ill woman, about 80 years old, and her husband. She cannot stand on her feet, let alone walk, and the husband tries to explain this to our troops. NO good. Neither he, nor the driver, nor the DCO rep. succeeds. The trainer lady insists on a full sniffer-drooler check inside the taxi while the old sick lady is forced to sit on the ground at the side, leaning on the concrete ledge in the freezing wind. 15 minutes later she is still there, the dog is nearly through. As we well know by now, this is a top-secret security procedure and its canine agents must not be photographed – as we have been told strictly every time we tried to take a snapshot in the past – for fear that the `details` will reach enemy hands. This is what checkpoint commanders have said to us time and time again, so this time we did not even try”||26/3/2007|
|The crushing fear that stalks USA: the country is not at war; the military is||Robert Fisk - The Independent/Commondreams - USA is not at war. There are no electricity cuts on Valdosta’s warm green campus, with its Spanish style department blocks and its narrow, beautiful church. There is no food rationing. There are no air-raid shelters or bombs or “jihadists” stalking these God-fearing folk. It is the US military that is at war, engaged in an Iraqi conflict that is doing damage of a far more subtle kind to America’s social fabric.||25/3/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 11.3.07--17.3.07||MachsomWatch -- Sunday, 11.3.07, PM, Huwwara (Nablus area): “Checkpoint commander – Who knows? At least three different individuals claimed they were in charge, obviously and snidely pulling our leg. In actual fact, the person who very `effectively` managed the waiting lines and checking posts was a sergeant who stood out for – on the one hand – his quickness and assertiveness, and on the other hand – running a literal entertainment show for his mates. […] The waiting lines were very full and crowded. […] A `meticulous` checking procedure was the order of the day, thus giving a `security` green light to a scornful, hostile, cynical attitude on the part of the soldiers and using every millimeter of armed authority to entertain themselves and each other through this pliable material called `managing` the Palestinians at the checkpoint"||22/3/2007|
|US power games in the Middle East ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"Indeed there is a danger that - confronted by its disastrous "democratic" experiment in Iraq - the US government is now turning to Lebanon to prove its ability to spread democracy in the Middle East."||21/3/2007|
|The Syrian secret Sharon did not reveal to Olmert ||Akiva Eldar -
"Farkash warmly recommends that Israel not be indifferent to the challenge the Syrians are throwing at its feet and stop hiding behind crumbling excuses."
|Operation Deepening Nightmare||Patrick Cockburn - Counterpunch - "Almost Every Aspect of Iraqi Life has Gotten Worse in the Last Four Years"||20/3/2007|
|Israeli troop shoots Palestinian civilian at military checkpoint in northern W.B||Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agenices - "Palestinian sources stated that Qasem Hamdan, aged 59, from Kufer Kadom village near Tulkarem in the northern Part of the West Bank was injured in his leg when the Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint stopped a young Palestinian man carrying a bag and detained him. As the man was being detained, one of the soldiers opened fire randomly at the people standing at the checkpoint injuring Hamdan."
|Olmert gets full support for boycott ||Eric Silver - The Independent - "The Israeli cabinet has overwhelmingly endorsed Ehud Olmert`s decision to boycott the Palestinian national unity government, which took office on Saturday. The Prime Minister appealed to the international community to continue imposing sanctions until the Palestinians accepted their conditions and recognised Israel, renounced violence and honoured previously negotiated agreements. "
|The confession backfired||Paul Craig Roberts - the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed teaches us yet again that people will confess to anything and everything under torture. Will Bush`s totalitarian Military Tribunal now execute Mohammed on the basis of his confession extracted by torture?||18/3/2007|
|Israel seeks name for Lebanon war ||Agencies -
Al Jazeera -
"The Israeli army initially called its 34-day campaign in Lebanon Operation Just Reward, before renaming it Operation Change of Direction."
|Robert Fisk on Bin Laden at 50 ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"But now he is 50 years old. I don`t think he`ll be celebrating in his cave."||14/3/2007|
|Saudis: Israel must accept peace initiative unconditionally||Roee Nahmias -
"``They accept the resolution and then they talk about putting preconditions that should be accepted before negotiations or discussions or even the acceptance of the proposal. This is not a good way to do business.``"
|Part and parcel of the settlements||Ghassan Khatib
- bitterlemons.org - "In the Palestinian perception the separation wall is, at least where it veers into occupied territory, a part of the overall settlement project. If there were no settlements, the wall could have been built on the green line and cause no Palestinian objections. But Israel is building part of the wall inside the occupied territories because of the existence of settlements. Thus, the wall is part of the settlement project."||13/3/2007|
|Bush twins to Iraq||Ralph Nader - Commondreams - On many occasions, President George W. Bush has lectured the American people that "amidst all this violence and bloodshed" in Iraq, "is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it, and it is vital to the security of our country. Well then, why don`t his daughters, 25 year olds Barbara and Jenna join the armed services and share in the sacrifice?||11/3/2007|
|3rd UPDATE on the three Iraqi women facing imminent execution||David Swanson - The theme of this year`s International Women`s Day -- "Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls" -- allows us to recall what is happening without censure every day in occupied Iraq: sexual abuse, humiliation, rape and torture, as well as murder. Our mobilization stands to expose the abyss between the occupation and its puppet government and the directive of the United Nations, which reads: "States have an obligation to protect women and girls from violence, to hold perpetrators accountable and to provide justice and remedies to victims. The failure to meet these obligations is unacceptable."
|Al-Nueman Siege||Yahav Zohar - "Please help on this one. Al-Nueman is small village in the south-eastern corner of Jerusalem. The people don`t have Jerusalem
residency and the fence cuts them off from the west bank. Their life
has become impossible, and the solution is simple- either move the
fence a few hundred meters or give these people residency."||8/3/2007|
|A crack in the US door ||George S. Hishmeh-Arabic Media Internet Network -Although this may be dismissed as wishful-thinking, the diplomatic opening with these two regional powers (Syria and Iran) provides some much-needed fresh air in the region, especially on the Palestinian-Israeli front, the mother of all problems in the region.||2/3/2007|
|ADALAH`S NEWSLETTER Volume 33, February 2007||Adalah-"..the state’s attempt to demolish the entire Arab Bedouin village, while planning for the development of Jewish towns in the area, constitutes blatant discrimination on the basis of national belonging."||2/3/2007|
|MachsomWatch Monthly Report, January 2007||MachsomWatch - "The checkpoint does not stand there alone. On all sides, behind, in front of, and in particular, supporting it from below, there is a giant bureaucratic network, an unseen web that ensures its tight grip on a daily basis." ||1/3/2007|
|Negev desert nomads on the move again to make way for Israel`s barrier||Rory McCarthy - The Guardian - " "In the past people envied our lifestyle. The land was open and free. There were sheep and we were rich," said his brother Saeed Hassan Salim, 50. "The occupation put us out of business. The Bedouin life is slipping away." He now lives in a small shack that stands directly in the path of the barrier and is almost certain to be demolished soon."
|Israel Responsible for Over One Billion Dollars in Damages to East Jerusalem Palestinians||Alternative Information Center - Press Conference - "Compared to areas affected by the Separation Wall outside of the Jerusalem area, the Jerusalem Wall is particularly damaging as it cuts through a major urban area, directly and adversely affecting over 200,000 people on a daily basis – especially workers, school children and families. Among other negative effects, the Separation Wall has caused household income for Palestinian families in East Jerusalem to fall (in real terms) by about 17.5% since construction began."||8/3/2007|
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