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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Huwara, Sunday 26.8.07 PMNaomi Lalo - MachsomWatch report -"3 active checking posts, crowds of men crushed together in the lines behind the turnstiles in what the DCO rep. describes as "a crowded situation" (when he finally deigns to descend from his jeep, in which he sits most of the time). Some of the men are ordered to undress in front of the women soldiers doing the inspecting. People report waiting over two hours and some express concern about what awaits them during the Ramadan month of fasting which begins soon." 29/8/2007
Walking in Palestinian Shoes Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - "Perhaps all it would take is one day in Herzeliya, west Jerusalem or Tel Aviv - one day where average Israelis would have to cross checkpoints, apply for permits only to be rejected time and again, or wait for hours at a military barricade while their cars, papers and bodies are searched. All it would take is one day for Israelis to live in Palestinian shoes, to experience the demolition of their home, the assassination of their son or the imprisonment of their daughter, for them – and maybe the world along with them – to realize that this is no way to treat another people. 29/8/2007
Maliki’s Fate and America’sTony Karon - Rootless Cosmopolitan - "Maliki may be aware of a corollary to the trend of declining U.S. power most graphically illustrated in the plight of the likes of Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian Territories and Pervez Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan.. Right now, in many different parts of the world where the U.S. has vital interests at stake, being allied with Washington is less of a boon than it is a political kiss of death. "29/8/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 19.8.07--25.8.2007MachsomWatc -- A-Ram, Sunday, 19.8.07: “A large group of detainees. A man came out of one of the neighboring buildings told us that the people operating the CP had, of late, begun beating detainees in the cabin at in the CP. He told of one man who had emerged from the cabin on all fours”27/8/2007
West Bank Barrier route: June 2007United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) - A map showing the route of the Annexation Wall as it exists today, and as it is projected for the future26/8/2007
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Israel prevents Palestinians from going to the Dead SeaB`Tselem - "Almog Checkpoint, which is located at the Beit Ha`arava intersection, controls movement to and from the northern Dead Sea. Palestinians wishing to cross the checkpoint, which has recently become a permanent installation, must have a permit to work in the nearby settlements. The reason for the prevention, apparently, is to enable Israelis to use the recreational sites without Palestinians present" 23/8/2007
Get Out and Stay OutNeta Golan - "I was crying at this point. Some of the female border police began laughing at me." 22/8/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 12.8.07--18.8.07MachsomWatch -- Sansana CP (Hebron area), Monday, 13.8.07, 06:10: “The queue is not very long, but everyone has been jammed into the ‘sleeve’, and something is holding up the checking inside. As we arrive, the line starts to move. Palestinians yell at us: ‘Where were you yesterday? It was terrible yesterday’. Apparently yesterday the army forced them to clean up the area around the CP, or they would not be allowed to pass. Consequently, many people missed a day of work”20/8/2007
Machsomwatch report from Huwarra, 18 August MachsomWATCH - One could feel the great tension among the many drivers waiting for passengers. The soldiers turned up periodically, peeping into the transits to detect the peddlers, who notwithstanding the prohibition sold coffee and cold drinks out from their cars. When they discovered one of those "criminals", they knocked down the ice boxes and the equipments and brought him for an "educational session" to the detention cell. 19/8/2007
Tallying up Lebanon`s war a year laterRami G. Khouri-THE DAILY STAR-"It is intriguing that the Bush administration recently recommitted the US - rhetorically at least - to working actively for a negotiated Arab-Israeli peace agreement via a regional conference in autumn. There is no sign that the US will mediate this issue in a balanced and just manner, pull back from its strong pro-Israel bias, or engage the democratically elected Hamas leadership. Nevertheless, the revived American peace-making rhetoric is fascinating, if it reflects sincere acknowledgment that resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict justly is the most important single step that can be taken toward addressing the many other conflicts that plague the modern Middle East. That includes last summer`s wasteful Lebanon war and the many new problems, deadlocks and tensions it has spawned."18/8/2007
Rescue operation in full force after Iraq truck bombingsMujahed Mohammed - Middle East Times - "Entire families were wiped out after suicide bombers, which the US military said were from Al Qaeda, blew up four lorries packed with explosives late Tuesday in two northeastern villages, inhabited by the ancient Yazidi religious sect." 16/8/2007
Nasrallah vows `colossal surprise` if Israel attacksMirella Hodeib - Daily Star - "Any attempt to attack the country "will be faced with a colossal surprise likely to change the fate of the war and the region.""15/8/2007
Boycott Of Hamas Is Counterproductive: British MPs REUTERS - NY Times - "The committee said Britain had erred in enforcing the embargo against Hamas even after Hamas agreed in February to form a unity government with Fatah." 14/8/2007
Deconstructing the Jordan option Osamah Khalil - EI - "It is questionable how long Amman will be able to support the US` disastrous policies and maintain control over its own population. What is apparent, however, is that should the Hashemite regime attempt to swallow Palestine again, they do so at their own peril." 14/8/2007
Israeli forces abuse Palestinian workers near illegal Wall in JerusalemNisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC - " Eyewitnesses also assured that Israeli soldiers kidnapped several civilians, aggressively attacked them and moved them to a nearby checkpoint where they were detained under the sun." 14/8/2007
Suha Arafat kicked out of TunisiaKHALED ABU TOAMEH - J-lem Post - "Unconfirmed reports said she recently married businessman Bilhassan Tarabulsi, the brother of the Tunisian president`s wife. Suha, however, denied the reports." 14/8/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 5.8.07--11.8.2007MachsomWatch -- Ezyon DCL, 7.8.07, 14:30: “ 8 men in their early 20`s were denied magnetic cards because of their age, although 2 had letters from an Israeli contractor who said they were skilled workers he had employed successfully in the past and needed them immediately. They implored us to help them. One told us how in desperation, he had sneaked into Israel and managed to work for a while, but then was caught and now he has a prison record”13/8/2007
Governor Ta’mari says Israeli checkpoints in Bethlehem increase steadilyRami Almeghari -- IMEMC & Agencies -- "The Palestinian official denied Israeli claims on reduction of checkpoints and roadblocks, noting that the restriction of locals’ movement has been concurrent with continuous Israeli army incursions as well as construction of the Apartheid Wall deep into the city of Bethlehem"13/8/2007
Palestinians, Israelis and internationals demand: keep Atira openOn Sunday August 12th, beginning at 8 am, Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Atira along with Israeli and international activists will protest the Israeli military`s decision to close route 443, which separates the village from Ramallah. 12/8/2007
Lebanese strike a blow at US-backed governmentRobert Fisk - The Indepedent - "Just as the Palestinians voted for Hamas when they were supposed to vote for the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas, so the Christian Maronites of Lebanon appear to have voted for a man opposed to the majority government of Fouad Siniora in Beirut."9/8/2007
Ground to a Halt: Denial of Palestinians` Freedom of Movement in the West Bank B`Tselem- "Based on the results of Israel `s actions and taking into account that most of the restrictions have continued for seven years, the conclusion is inescapable that the restrictions constitute collective punishment, which is absolutely forbidden by international humanitarian law." 8/8/2007
PM, Peres deny `Palestinian state plan`JPOST STAFF- J-lem Post - ""I welcome the acceptance of my idea of population exchanges, because there is no other solution," Lieberman said."8/8/2007
Mofaz: Airport security checks no longer discriminatoryRoee Nahmias - Ynet - "Tibi: Policy is `Israbluff`" "Ynet spoke to airport security personnel about the changes and learned that now instead of the colored stickers, luggage will be differentiated according to numbers displayed on the identical white stickers." "Israeli Jews will receive a sticker labeled 1, Arab families and Israeli Arabs will receive a sticker labeled 2 and Arabs traveling alone a sticker labeled 5." 8/8/2007
Army bars children from flying their kites in Bil’in villageSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Later on, soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at the children which inflicted several injuries and forced them to leave the area."7/8/2007
Walk the green line is for you! -> POTPONED TO 2008What is Walk the Green Line? November 27-29, 2007 -> POTPONED TO 2008 You can make a difference!!!! Join In!!!!! 7/8/2007
B`tselem protests W. Bank checkpointsDAN IZENBERG - J-lem Post - "Among the roads that have been barred to most Palestinian motorists are Highway 90 in the Jordan rift, Highway 443, linking Jerusalem to Modi`in, and Highway 557 leading to the settlements of Elon Moreh and Itamar." 7/8/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 28.7.07– 4.8.2007MachsomWatch -- Huwwara (Nablus area), Saturday, 4.8.07: “At 8:00 we positioned our selves about 4-5m away from the white line within the checkpoint. We were immediately approached by a soldier who asked us to retreat to the white line. We did not retreat so he asked us just not to disturb them, which we promised. At 8:20 another soldier came and asked us again to go back to the white line. Again we refused and again we were left alone after some polite exchanges. At 8:30 the commander of the checkpoint and an officer gave us the honor of their presence and we had a rather long but fruitless conversation about the importance of the line […] At 9:40 another soldier was delegated to try to get us out of the ‘forbidden’ area. Again to no avail”6/8/2007
Width Matters - Displacement and Israel`s WallSusan Miller - Counterpunch - Winding its way down from the northern most point of the West Bank [the Fence/Wall] leaves in its wake a 65 to 87 yard wide swath of bulldozed land on which trenches, barbed wire, footprint tracer paths, a two-lane patrol road and watch towers have been placed. From edge to edge, the structure exceeds the width of six lane segments of Interstate 95 or half the length of a football field. 3/8/2007
Dishonesty hurts us : Attempt to justify political route of fence based on ridiculous security grounds shameful Shaul Arieli - Ynet - "State representatives at court sessions did not shy away from presenting ridiculous "security" arguments that contradict the IDF`s official combat doctrine. Chief Justice Barak`s clear ruling to remove the barrier was not honored. State representatives proposed a solution that on the face of it was blatantly unable to constitute a reasonable interpretation of the court ruling."2/8/2007
US `aims to help` Mid-East allies BBC - "The Jewish state said the package would allow it to maintain its military "qualitative edge" in the region." 1/8/2007
Dishonesty hurts usShaul Arieli - Ynet - "Another dangerous phenomenon was revealed when the High Court ruled in September 2005 that the State must remove the five Palestinian villages confined within the Alfei Menashe enclave out of the fence."1/8/2007
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