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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Don`t say we did not know 98 ICAHD-"Taking control of Palestinian homes in questionable ways is accompanied by guarding them - the guards are fully financed by the State. Often, Palestinian houses threatened by demolition are purchased. Once purchased, not only are they not demolished, but additions are made to them! "29/2/2008
Reihan, Shaked Checkpoints : `Catch 22` for Palestinians owning olive groves in Seam Zone Machsom Watch - ` he(detained by soldiers)owns a carpentry shop in Yabed, and has an olive grove in the Seam Zone. He has a pass for Shaked Checkpoint but sometimes, when Shaked is closed, he returns via Reihan and then he is listed as "illegal" because he should have left and come back through Shaked on the same day. Therefore, they take his document from him and he is forced to ask for another at Salem. `23/2/2008
No secret dealEdward M. Kennedy - IHT - "America does not have a long-term military commitment with any other country, and adopting one with Iraq does not serve our national interest." 20/2/2008
EU Envoy slams Israel for not easing West Bank restrictionsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "“We would like to see Israel at least thinking about lifting some of the restrictions in the West Bank”. He stated, “We would like to see a sort of relations with the Palestinian Authority”." 20/2/2008
Imposing more checkpoints, Israel tightens grip on NablusMa`an - According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli soldiers at the new checkpoint are deliberately delaying the passage of Palestinians with intensive searches, despite the fact that they have already been inspected at the Huwwara checkpoint a few minutes away18/2/2008
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 10.2.08--16.2.08MachsomWatch - Sansana CP (Hebron area), Sunday, 10.2.08, 07:00: 200 people waiting. There doesn`t seem to be any movement. Some say they`ve been waiting for 20 minutes and some say 1.5 hours. Then miraculously the queue begins to move, and within 25 minutes, the CP is clear. The workers complain that they cannot pass work tools through the CP. The CO said that the rules are that the workers were supposed to pass their tools during the first month of the civil operation of the CP and leave them in Israel. […] The voice of the security inspector inside the facility can be heard all over the area -- unpleasant and degrading 18/2/2008
How the EU helps Israel to strangle GazaDavid Morrison - The Electronic Intifada - How is Israel able to strangle the Gaza Strip when there is supposed to be an international crossing between Gaza and Egypt not controlled by Israelis?17/2/2008
Seymour Hersh interview on Israeli bombing of SyriaGeoffrey Millard - Truthout - US journalist Seymour Hersh discusses Israel`s recent bombing raid into Syria17/2/2008
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‘UNIFIL complained of Israeli violations of Lebanese territories’ YNET - ` Lebanese newspaper Daily Star reports Saturday UNIFIL commander issued report to UN outlining Israeli violations of Lebanese territories and airspace, as well as ‘strong-worded’ letter to Israel denouncing those violations . `16/2/2008
Outsourcing ZionismNeve Gordon and Erez Tzfadia- In These Times-"In the past year, the state has handed over the management of at least five checkpoints to corporate warriors—working for such companies as Notari Zion (Guardians of Zion), Shmira Ubitahon (Guarding and Security) and Modi’in Ezrachi (Civil Intelligence). But the difference between Israel Defense Force soldiers and hired guns is that the latter operate within the gray areas of the law. They are Israel’s Blackwater."15/2/2008
Elad and the Police have intensified their operations against the Palestinian citizens of SilwanICAHD-Urgent Release re: Silwan- " The association uses different means for its objectives: buying out houses legally or by forgery and deceit, utilizing a network of collaborators which destroys the community from within, and mainly using the archaeological excavations and growing tourism as means to oust the local residents....Any attempt by the local residents to stand up against Elad, is met by a swift operation of the Israeli police and security services (shin-bet)."15/2/2008
Ex-Israeli generals denounce checkpoints : Retired Israeli Generals Say West Bank Checkpoints Can Be LiftedLAURIE COPANS - AP News - A group of retired Israeli generals has launched a campaign urging the army to remove West Bank roadblocks, warning on Wednesday that the travel restrictions sow Palestinian hatred of Israel and stymie the peace process. The 12 top former commanders say the hundreds of checkpoints dotting the West Bank are excessive and other military means can be used to prevent suicide bombings in Israel. 14/2/2008
Salam Fayyad: Israel failed to take tangible steps to help Palestinians since Annapolis Ma`an - "The Palestinians will never feel any improvement in their economy unless they can move freely in their territories, which means removal of so many Israeli checkpoints, Fayyad argued." 13/2/2008
Ar-Ram Checkpoint, North to JerusalemIvonne Mansbach -- MachsomWatch -- So Ar-Ram has 3 types of residents: the very few chosen who live in the vicinity of the Vatican properties and can go in and out without crossing a checkpoint, those who live between the checkpoint to the south and the wall to the north and must cross Ar-Ram checkpoint with a number and a special permit for their car, and those who live inside Ar-Ram enclave and can go out only through the north and go into Jerusalem only through Qalandya11/2/2008
A strike in the dark: what did Israel bomb in Syria?Seymour M. Hersh - The New Yorker - There are serious and unexamined contradictions in the various published accounts of the September 6th bombing.10/2/2008
Life in the Pharmacy Checkpoint Neighborhood, Hebron 2Roni Hamermann - Machsom Watch - Guests avoid visiting the family because of the intruding checking at the checkpoint. Women are requested to open their coats, which raises a problem from religious point of view. B.`s father in law has been checked once successively for 20 minutes and since then he does not come anymore to visit his daughter. The family leads the life of hermits, isolated and without social contacts. The children have no one to play with and it is too dangerous for them to play on the street. The 7 year old boy has been beaten once by a soldiers and is now frightened to be outdoors. 7/2/2008
Winter is cruel in the Unrecognized Villages... Yeela Livnat Raanan- Hagada Hasmalit - "It is governmental policies that force them to suffer this way." 6/2/2008
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 17.2.08-- 23.2.08 / Monthly Summary, Maatria, January 2008 MachsomWatch -- Monthly Summary, January 2008 -- We have now been standing vigilant the checkpoints for seven years. […] Our reports clearly reflect the collective punishment policy exercised in the West Bank. Bureaucratic stranglehold and restriction of movement critically disable Palestinians from living their everyday lives. The acute damages to livelihood, education, health care services and democratic community life comprise merely the tip of the iceberg at this time in the Occupied Palestinian Territories25/2/2008
Adalah Seeks Establishment of an Independent Investigatory Committee on the October 2000 KillingsAdalah-Alternativer Information Center-"In the report, the Or Commission recommended that the Israeli police stop relating to the Arab citizens as enemies. In addition, the Or Commission’s clearly concluded that the use of snipers and the use of live ammunition by other police officers was illegal and that the demonstrators posed no immediate and real threat to the lives of police officers. "1/2/2008
Hamas agrees to joint Rafah controlKHALED ABU TOAMEH AND JPOST.COM STAFF-Jerusalem Post-"Mubarak was quoted by the Italian daily La Republica as saying that Israel`s dream of "throwing the Strip" at the Egyptians was "only a dream." "1/2/2008
New reality, old dilemmaDina Ezzat, Amira Howeidy, Khaled Amayreh,and Serene Assir-Al Ahram- "The Israelis and Americans can say all they want. But they know that Egypt has to act upon its interests," commented an Egyptian official ..And, he explained, it is certainly not in the interest of Egypt to ignore the fact that if the Rafah crossing point was to be completely sealed off again under continued Israeli siege on Gaza another breach will occur."1/2/2008
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