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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Anti-wall Protest: army violence in Bil`in, relative restraint in Walaja Ghassan Bannoura/John Smith - IMEMC - Bil`in villagers, not satisfied with a relatively favorable Supreme Court verdict which so far found no implementation, continue to demonstrate - and continue to be attacked by the army. In contrast, the army did not assault demonstrators at al-Wallaja, just south of Jerusalem. 29/9/2007
When the doors of Gaza are closed: Palestinian Patients are sufferingMahmoud Daher - Letter to Head of Office WHO - "In the hall there was a child with leukemia, at about 3:00 pm an officer came and told his mother to go back with him to Gaza, they were not given a permit to pass. The officer told the mother to come back tomorrow they MAY be able to pass. I don not know if the child will survive until tomorrow. Another old man was lying on the ground, it seems he has cancer. He was pale and cachectic and could not even sit up without help. The man was accompanied by his brother; a man may be in his fifties. The officer came to the sick man and told him that he is granted a permit but not his brother!!"27/9/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 16.9.07--22.9.07MachsomWatch -- Qalandiya, Friday, 21.09.07, 09:00: “2nd Friday of Ramadan. No West Bankers, regardless of age and of permit, were allowed to cross into Jerusalem. Many thousands could not accept this and came in the early morning hours from all over the Occupied Territories, hoping that the orders will change. They came in buses, transits and private cars, crowding the barriers which the police erected at the access roads to the CP. They ignored the presence of a water cannon, of mounted police, and endured the hot sun. Some old people sat in the small shadows of the buses and some slept on the ground - a real encampment. […] In the waiting room we met the ‘humanitarian cases’, that made it to the terminal but were refused here by the Civil Administration. Why? Because, as we learn, under closure even medical permits become invalid. Closure is above any human need, even for surgery or dialysis” 24/9/2007
Hired guns, loose cannonsEric Margolis - Commondreams/The Toronto Sun - Private armies have a very sinister reputation in Europe. Memories still linger of Germany’s post First World War army veterans, the Stahlhelm, and Nazi Brownshirts, who battled Communist street toughs in Munich and Berlin. ... The 180,000 to 200,000 US-paid mercenaries in Iraq, like the Renaissance’s Italian condotierri, German landsknecht, and Swiss pikemen, are lawless, answering to no authority but their employers.23/9/2007
Bush setting America up for war with IranPhilip Sherwell and Tim Shipman-Telegraph UK-"The intelligence officer said that the US military has "two major contingency plans" for air strikes on Iran. "One is to bomb only the nuclear facilities. The second option is for a much bigger strike that would - over two or three days - hit all of the significant military sites as well. This plan involves more than 2,000 targets." "21/9/2007
Sabra Shatila massacre recalled Iman Azzi - Al Jazeera - "Kassem Aina, a co-ordinator for the `Never forget Sabra and Shatila` campaign, told Al Jazeera: "We tell the children not only about the massacre of Sabra and Shatila. We tell them about all massacres from Deir Yassin to Tel Zaatar to Sabra and Shatila. I feel sad we have so many massacres in our history."" 19/9/2007
At least 1,700 Palestinians were slaughtered on Israel`s say-so, 25 years ago this week -- A Letter to Janet About Sabra-ShatillaFranklin Lamb -- CounterPunch -- “I am sorry to report that today in Lebanon, the families of the victims of the massacre daily sink deeper into the abyss. No where on earth do the Palestinians live in such filth and squalor. `Worse than Gaza!’ a journalist recently in Palestine exclaims”17/9/2007
Poll: Civilian toll in Iraq may top 1MTina Susman - Los Angeles Times - According to the ORB poll, a survey of 1,461 adults suggested that the total number slain during more than four years of war was more than 1.2 million. ORB said it drew its conclusion from responses to the question about those living under one roof: "How many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003?"16/9/2007
North American terrorists pulverize Afghanistan and IraqConn Hallinan - ZNet - According to Associated Press, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of bombs dropped on Iraq during the first six months of 2007 over the same period in 2006. More than 30 tons of those have been cluster weapons, which take an especially heavy toll on civilians. 16/9/2007
Campaign of House Demolishing in Jerusalem WAFA - "Israeli authorities handed inhabitants notifications to vacate their hoses in preparing for destruction, under pretext of being close to the Wall." 12/9/2007
U.S. Confirms Israeli Strikes Hit Syrian Target Last Week MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER - NY Times - "The administration official said Israeli officials believed that North Korea might be unloading some of its nuclear material on Syria." 12/9/2007
AT-TUWANI: What`s the Point?Eileen Hanson - Christian Peacemaker Team - At-Tuwani - "After waving a pick-up truck along, one soldier pointed the laser guide of his automatic weapon at the abdomen of the young boy riding in the back of the truck. The boy said something, and then the laser point moved, appearing next on the child`s face. It was then I thought I could see the point, tragic and awful as it is. It isn`t about finding weapons or stolen cars. It`s not about finding the bad guy. It`s a display of power. Checkpoints are a way of reminding everyone, even the kids, who`s in charge. If that`s the point, then these flying checkpoints certainly do that. "11/9/2007
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 3.9.07-- 9.9.2007MachsomWatch -- Beit Iba (Nablus area), Sunday, 2.9.07, 15:45: “We arrive at the checkpoint in the blazing sun, swirling dust and the heat. There isn`t a bit of shade for us or the Palestinians going into Nablus. The waiting lines for going out of Nablus are still under cover and shaded. The officer in charge seems to be a stickler for order. Meanwhile there is a large crowd of people jammed behind the turnstiles, perhaps even 100. Waiting time: 40 minutes. The soldiers took their cue from the officer. They were chasing people back into line, pushing them a bit on the shoulder, even elderly people, always with a contemptuous wave of the hand and the usual Arabic phrases that are all they know; ‘Irjaa l`warra [step back].’" 10/9/2007
Machsom Watch slams operational procedures of Jenin checkpointJohn Smith - IMEMC - "While several official complaints regarding conditions at the checkpoint have been made, no changes have yet been enacted." 5/9/2007
Heritage uprooted Sonja Karkar - EI - "If Israel has its way, neither the trees nor the Palestinians who have cared for them will survive the barbaric ethnic and environmental cleansing of Palestine." 5/9/2007
Bil`in residents achieve rerouting of land-annexation wall at Israeli High CourtMa`an - "Barghouthi said that the perseverance of everyone involved forced the Israeli High Court to relocate the separation Wall. "The struggle must continue until the Wall falls completely," he said." 5/9/2007
Checkpoint checkingSETH FREEDMAN - J-lem Post - ""If you have feelings, you can`t kick someone down - so we`ve conditioned our soldiers to have no feelings for the Palestinians. We`ve brought up this third generation [of Israelis] to act like conquerors, and to have contempt for the conquered." "5/9/2007
Israeli court orders state to shift barrierIsabel Kershner - IHT - ""Today it becomes completely clear that the route was determined by nonsecurity considerations with the goal of expanding the settlement of Modiin Illit as much as possible," Sfard told Israel Radio." 5/9/2007
Lebanese army quashes attack by Fatah al-Islam remnantsMichael Bluhm, Daily Star staff - "Troops continue combing nahr al-bared and environs for fugitive fighters"4/9/2007
Two articles on diplomatic alternatives with respect to Iran(1) "Let`s consider reaching a grand bargain with Iran" - Shlomo Ben-Ami - The Daily Star - Lebanon - "In the American-Iranian equation it was the United States, not Iran, that conducted rigid ideological diplomacy. Iran backed the US during the first Gulf war, but was left out of the Madrid peace conference. Iran also supported America in its war to depose the Taliban in Afghanistan. And, when American forces overran Saddam Hussein`s army in the spring of 2003, the encircled Iranians proposed a grand bargain... But American neoconservative haughtiness - "We don`t speak to evil" - ruled out a pragmatic response to Iran`s demarche." (2)"Only Iran Can End U.S. Iraq Nightmare" - Tony Karon - Rootless Cosmopolitan 17/9/2007
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