|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|MachsomWatch Weekly Digest 20-21.1.08||Occasional spot checks held up the lines, but every so often, the Border Police would escape the cold into the booth, and cars would speed through. 20 Palestinians were waiting outside for their IDs. When we left, 25 minutes later, they were still waiting in the pouring rain.
|Bombing at Qarantina, Lebanon||Franklin Lamb-Palestine Chronicle-"Any rational that the American Embassy is dong legitimate work for American citizens here and should remain in Lebanon was severely weakened during the July 2006 war, when Embassy staff stiffed US citizens and left them stranded and in mortal danger in Tyre. This occurred when the Embassy cancelled a rescue Ship because of Israeli attacks near the Port of Tyre, and ordered Embassy staff not to take the US citizen telephone calls because it might "tie up our lines"."
|Bloody reality bears no relation to the delusions of this President||Robert Fisk - The Independent - The difference between reality and the dream-world of the US government could hardly have been more savagely illustrated. After promising the Palestinians a "sovereign and contiguous state" before the end of the year, and pledging "security" to Israel – though not, Arabs noted, security for "Palestine" – Mr Bush had arrived in the Gulf to terrify the kings and oligarchs of the oil-soaked kingdoms of the danger of Iranian aggression. ||20/1/2008|
|Urgent Action : Medical Concern||AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - The 13 people named above all have cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Refusing them passage out of the Gaza Strip deprives them of the treatment they urgently need and puts their lives in danger. Dozens of people refused passage out of Gaza for medical treatment have died in the past few months. ||17/1/2008|
|Bil`in Residents Attcked Whilst Attending to Their Land||International Solidarity Movement - "Problems started on Friday when a villager was handcuffed, blindfolded, and dragged to the gate in the wall by soldiers, who threatened to kill him and told him he couldn?t be on the land. This in violation of Septembers high court decision to grant Bil?in residents access to their land trapped behind the wall."
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 6.1.08--12.1.08||MachsomWatch – Tarpat CP, Hebron, Tuesday, 8.01.07: We were told that the night before a woman had given birth at the Tarpat CP, between Palestinian and Jewish Hebron. […] We met the young father with several journalists. […] The father’s testimony: They live near the CP. At 03:20 the ambulance was ordered and was expected to come to the Jewish side. The couple walked down to the CP, the labor pains increasing. […] The soldier on duty declared he had to call his superior for permission to let the couple pass. The wife screamed in pain […]. After 20 minutes of screaming they were allowed at last to pass. There she collapsed on the stones, and began to give birth. Just then, the ambulance arrived at the Palestinian side, after having tried in vain to cross over. The medical team spread a mattress and assisted the birth. The baby was born into an extremely cold winter night (-2 degrees) and was rushed to the hospital. Mother and son are now back home in good health||14/1/2008|
|Cliff Hotel, Abu Dis||David Gilad - Occupation Magazine - Saturday morning. A tour along the separation wall in the Jerusalem area. Zionism at its grimmest. A grey concrete wall, which was erected on the pretext of preventing attacks, changes the physical urban landscape of the Palestinian neighbourhoods around Jerusalem. Changes the way of life, the simple direct contacts between neighbouring streets and houses on opposite sides of the same street. Those who tour the length of the kilometers of the wall can never know if they are in the territory of Jerusalem or the territory of Palestine. You walk away with the wall at your back, and after a short distance you see it again in front of you. So wondrous is the Zionist labyrinth.||13/1/2008|
|Clashing With Egypt||Jewish Voice for Peace-"Israel is loathe to launch a full-scale invasion of Gaza for several reasons, not the least of which is that Hamas is entrenched and is relatively well-armed, from intelligence reports. Thus, the Olmert government appears to be sitting idly by while Hamas builds up its fighting ability. Egypt provides a scapegoat.... Antagonizing Egypt is a dead-end for Israel."||11/1/2008|
|A check on worship||Jan Benvie - CPT Hebron - "Here in Hebron, Muslim worshippers going to the Ibrahimi Mosque have to pass through at least two, often three or more Israeli military checkpoints.
Palestinians coming from the south or south-west areas of Hebron must first pass through a checkpoint that includes a metal detector. Then, 250 yards further along the road they must pass through another checkpoint, where they may be stopped and asked for their ID. Sometimes the Israeli military will allow them to pass, sometimes not, and sometimes they will have to undergo a body search. Then, 100 yards further along, at the entrance to the mosque, they will have to pass through another checkpoint and metal detector, again staffed by Israeli military. At this checkpoint worshippers may again be asked for their ID, they may again be made to wait for a time."||10/1/2008|
|Birth at the Checkpoint||Roni Hammermann - Machsomwatch - "The point is that the 2500 Palestinian residents who still live in H2 (Jewish Hebron ) are left without any means of transportation and with severe restrictions of movement, so that the 500 settlers can move around "undisturbed" . The point is that H2 is surrounded by countless checkpoints, barriers and roadblocks and that the Palestinians cannot lead even the resemblance of a normal life but are helplessly exposed to the harassment of violent and fanatic settlers. The point is that Tarpad Checkpoint had been put up between the Palestinian and the Jewish Hebron. Otherwise the ambulance could have reached Kifah` s house in short time and taken her safely to the the hospital." ||10/1/2008|
|Snipers, robots deployed for Bush visit ||Yana Dlugy -
Herald Sun -
"In Ramallah, the area around the muqata, the government compound where Mr Bush will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, "will be practically under curfew" with streets closed to vehicles and pedestrians."||9/1/2008|
|Straddling Cultures, Irreverently, in Life and Art ||ISABEL KERSHNER -
"Welcome to Mr. Kashua’s world, which, like the series, “Avoda Aravit,” or Arab Labor, works on multiple, often paradoxical levels. The title is Hebrew slang for second-rate work, and the one that Mr. Kashua chose."
|Syrian FM says Damascus ready for negotiations||Roni Sofer -
"We are committed to the Arab peace initiative. Unfortunately this initiative has not been marketed correctly by the Arab nations."||9/1/2008|
|Just going to work, Palestinians and Israelis travel different roads||Dion Nissenbaum - McClatchy Newspapers - If the Palestinian economy is ever going to get on its feet, the World Bank and others assert, Israel must remove the checkpoints and allow Palestinians freedom to move around the West Bank. Israeli leaders have steadfastly resisted such pressure, however […] The result has been a two-track transportation system that insulates the 240,000 Israelis who live in the West Bank from the 2.4 million Palestinians there||7/1/2008|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 30.12.2007– 6.1.2008||MachsomWatch -- Sheikh Saed (Abu Dis area), Monday, 31.12.07 PM: We went to meet a woman with a blue [Israeli] ID and a man with a green [Palestinian] ID who had been told yesterday that they would be allowed to enter the village, but not to exit. […] The woman, a teacher […], needs 1.5 hours to get to work in the morning, because every permit is being scrupulously checked. She and the children leave their homes at 06:30 to wait in line (rain and shine) to exit and board their school bus; including children with special needs and on crutches. A white scooter bike serves as the local ambulance. It belongs to one of the blue ID inhabitants who transports those unable to walk to an ambulance, which is not allowed to enter. One man had died after a heart attack while being resuscitated at the CP ||7/1/2008|
|MachsomWatch Summary - Christmas 2007||On the Bethlehem checkpoint - as Christmas approached. Download Word document 80KB||4/1/2008|
|Israeli Defense Minister: We will not remove any checkpoints or roadblocks||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "Palestinians have been unable to work or engage in commerce with the checkpoints in place, leading to unemployment rates of up to 90% in some parts of the Palestinian territories. With the Israeli siege on the West Bank and Gaza, international commerce has been frozen, severely impacting the Palestinian economy."
|Two Badly Injured as Bil`in Residents Attempt to Thwart Settler Land Grab||ISM -
"Settlers arrived around 7pm and placed a caravan on the ground, creating an outpost to the illegal settlement of Modi?in Illit."||2/1/2008|
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