|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|The well organized occupation||Nina M - Machsomwatch - reporting from Beit Furiq checkpoint in the Nabus area - "If your mother lives in Beit Furiq and your address is somewhere else, you will not be allowed to visit her. If your daughter wants to marry a guy, who lives in Beit Dagan and you want to see his parents and the house where your daughter is supposed to live all her life, forget it, if you have a wrong address. Soldiers will tell you to get a permit from the DCO, but DCO will issue a permit only for a wedding or a funeral; visits of family and friends are not considered by the occupier as a justified concession. The checkpoint is open between 5:30 am till 9 p.m. If your wife has to deliver a baby after these hours, this is a rather bad idea..."||28/5/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 20.5.07--26.5.07||MachsomWatch -- Huwwara, Sunday, 20.5.07, PM: “After the inspection, holders of luggage are required to hop over the concrete ledges and hurry off to the x-ray truck standing across the road from the checkpoint area. Their ID remains in the trouser-pocket of the securing soldier, while they wander off to the other side, un-supervised, place their bags on the moving belt, rush around to the other side to grab them before they fall to the dusty ground, and then return to the soldier through the turnstile against the pedestrian current. […] We have monitored this walk over to the x-ray truck and back. This `check` is really not watched over and looks like just another hassle in the endless saga of crossing the checkpoint”||28/5/2007|
|Innocent victims caught up in a war of endless revenge||Robert Fisk - The Independent/Commondreams - All day, the ambulances ran a ferry service of wounded from Nahr el-Bared, sirens shrieking through the wards, spilling out the wounded and the sick and the ancient men and women who could bear no more. They were given small sacks of bread - like animals newly arrived at market, I couldn’t help thinking - and led away.||27/5/2007|
|"Another Waco in the making: inside Nahr el-Bared"||Franklin Lamb - Counterpunch - Several hours ago I met a woman arriving from al-Bared who had walked the whole 7 miles with an 18 month old baby and a daughter of 5 who just stares into the press cameras with her mouth open and eyes glazed over. The Palestinian mother told us neither she nor her children have eaten or taken water for four days. ||27/5/2007|
|Greek human rights worker arrested at demonstration against land destruction in Artas, Bethlehem||ISM - Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals held a soccer game on the path of the Wall. From there, they made their way to the village of Artas.||26/5/2007|
|Separation fence guards shoot at journalists ||Ali Waked - Ynet - Five reporters covering anti-fence demonstration near West Bank settlement fired at with live ammunition by Defense Ministry security guards||23/5/2007|
|Farmers near Bethlehem call upon Israelis, internationals: help save our fruit trees||Trees threatened to make place for settler sewage system (in addition to Wall confiscations). If you can come, contact Adar 0525-444866||19/5/2007|
|Highway to hell||B. Michael - Ynet - (...) a checkpoint has been set up on the "Fabric of Life" road. A long row of cars are lined up. There`s a long line beyond the checkpoint as well. This is the unique military interpretation of the judge`s words on "free and uninterrupted movement." And as is customary on the "Fabric of Life" road, people are also "detained for questioning". It’s a type of local punishment, the fate of Palestinians who soldiers take a disliking to. ||19/5/2007|
|A Statement from Marwan Barghouti - 17th May 2007||Marwan Barghouti -The Campaign to Free Marwan Barghouti & All Prisoners- "I therefore condemn this bloody struggle for control over a besieged
authority that is bereft of any jurisdiction that it initially may have
had, following 7 years of Israeli obstruction and interference. A united
effort to enhance and protect the Palestinian National Authority and its
institutions, through a respect of the Prisoners` Document, the Mecca
Agreement, the basic laws and the regulations is at present paramount. "||18/5/2007|
|But the little hatchlings, why did they have to bury them alive?||Yeela Raanan-CWP/Hakampus Lo Shotek-"I was at work, I didn`t know that my home was demolished until I came `home`", one related. "They buried alive the doves` hatchlings", said Yunis sadly.! "Many of the village people are in Jordan for a wedding, they must of known that, they have informers everywhere, even at the border crossing", thought another. The bulldozer driver took his time, he worked slowly and thoroughly, he left nothing standing, nothing."||18/5/2007|
|Hamas raid ratchets up hostility with Fatah||Isabel Kershner -
"... the intensity of the violence Tuesday in Gaza raised serious questions about the viability of the Palestinian unity government..."||16/5/2007|
|IDF to stay out of Gaza despite Qassams||Hanan Greenberg -
"Over twenty rockets landed in Israel Tuesday night. One rocket directly hit a home, injuring a 45-year-old woman and her son."
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 6.5.07--12.5.07||MachsomWatch -- Wednesday, 9.5.07, PM, Ezyon DCL: “The usual heartbreaking scene of desperate people standing and waiting, for days or hours, to be allowed to visit a dying son in hospital, to be allowed to keep an appointment at the American consulate, to be allowed to go for medical tests following suspicion of a throat tumor. The man who wants to go to the consulate was sent away, because it was not a humanitarian request. But the man who wanted to visit his dying son was also sent away. "GSS refused" (though he had received a permit in April; come again on Sunday. He won`t be GSS refused then???). And the sick woman was still waiting for a reply when we left, having been already rejected”||14/5/2007|
|Strong support for torture among US military in Iraq||Stephen Soldz - Psyche, Science and Society - A new survey of US military personnel in Iraq finds high rates of support for torture. Forty-one percent of soldiers in Iraq and 44% of marines agree that "Torture should be allowed if it will save the life of a Soldier/Marine" and 36% of soldiers and 39% of marines agree that "Torture should be allowed in order to gather important info about insurgents."||13/5/2007|
|World Bank: Israel preventing Palestinian economic recovery||Ma`an - "It is often difficult to reconcile the use of closure for security purposes from its use to expand and protect settlement activity and the relatively unhindered movement of settlers in and out of the West Bank," the report states. The report points out that there is currently double the number of Israeli settlers residing in the occupied West Bank, excluding east Jerusalem, than at the time of the Oslo Accords. "
|Israeli military police to investigate soldiers attacks against leftist protestors||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The Criminal Investigation Division at the Israeli Military Police is slated to probe the Israeli military violence on Wednesday against left-wing Israeli activists who were protesters against the Israeli military roadblocks in the occupied Palestinian territories"
|Gunboat Diplomacy? Not This Time||Tony Karon -
Rootless Cosmopolitan - "So, despite the firepower being in position, my bet is still that the U.S. refrains from attacking Iran. Indeed, already now, the hawkish position on Iran is has been substantially weakened in Washington, and is almost entirely isolated abroad. " ||8/5/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 29.4.07–5.5.07||MachsomWatch -- Qalandiya CP, Sunday, 29.04.07, PM: “A young mother pushing a baby carriage and accompanied by two small boys waited patiently at the gate to pass through with the carriage. We intervened only after she had waited for quite a while and the soldier in the northern shed opened the gate for her. We subsequently held it open for a man carrying a crying new-born infant. The soldier angrily demanded that the man go back out. When we explained that he was holding a crying baby and that it would be difficult for him to go through the carousel, she "bitchily" replied that she was crying too (the whole conversation was broadcast over the PA system)”||7/5/2007|
|Defense Ministry cancels prohibition on entry into Jordan Valley||B`Tselem - "In February 2006, B`Tselem revealed that, in recent years, Israel has been restricting Palestinian entry into the eastern part of the West Bank , except for Palestinians who are registered as residents of the Valley, and for Palestinians holding special permits. B`Tselem`s findings showed that severing the area from the rest of the West Bank gravely infringed the human rights of many Palestinians. The cabinet did not authorize the restrictions, nor was the public informed that such a policy existed."
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