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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Tuwani ReleaseCPT - "The following day, 27 June, 2008, at 9 am, the Israeli military returned to the area and blocked the road between At-Tuwani and Yatta. A bulldozer massed a four-foot-high mound spanning the width of the road using boulders and earth. The roadblock not only prevents vehicular access, but also makes movement by foot and donkey extremely difficult. The same bulldozer also closed several tracks used by tractors and trucks to access nearby small dwellings"30/6/2008
Hope Thrives Amid Israeli-Palestinian ViolenceMEL FRYKBERG - Middle East Times - Despite all the gloom, doom and despair in Gaza, there remains pockets of hope. If a political resolution to the conflict can be found and Palestinians are given the chance to help themselves then it is possible that more good-news stories could make the headlines instead of the daily death and destruction which fills newspapers all too regularly. 26/6/2008
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Israel decides to seal off Gaza`s crossings in response to homemade shells fireRami Almeghari - IMEMC - Israeli sources said yesterday that Israel considered the firing of homemade shells a `grave development` in the shadow of a truce deal between Israel and Palestinians, which was reached last Thursday after long Egyptian mediations. The Saraya al-Quds brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, claimed responsibility for the homemade shells fired, saying it was in response to the Israeli army`s assassination of one of the group`s leaders in the West Bank on Tuesday morning. The Islamic Jihad did not sign the truce deal but said it would honor the agreement26/6/2008
15 Palestinians Wounded in an Israeli Attack on a Peaceful DemonstrationLaila Ewaiwi - IMEMC - "Local sources added that several homes in the village sustained damage when soldiers followed the protesters into the village and opened fire." 25/6/2008
Entire Palestinian village threatened with expulsionSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "If the eviction is carried out, 207 people will be expelled. 30 homes and animal pens will be destroyed and an estimated 1,500 sheep, the main source of income for the people, will be adversely affected. Since 2004 demolition orders have been issued to the village. The most recent demolition took place in March of this year, when residential structures housing 10 people were bulldozed"23/6/2008
MachsomWatch - Qalandiya and Lil checkpoints, Sunday, 15.6.08, PMMachsomWatch -- "Two Palestinian women were sitting and talking on a bench standing near the CP wall at a small distance from the bus station where the buses pick up their passengers who had to cross the CP on foot. Suddenly a soldier in the vehicle CP noticed them and shouted from afar that they should `clear out,` that they were not allowed to sit there. Why? For whom was the bench placed there? `Not for themת,` said the soldier when we asked him"19/6/2008
An uncertain homecomingHerbert Hadad - IHT - ""I am Christian," he replied. "We have always been Christian Arabs." There would never be a better moment for my revelation. "I am a Jew. We have always been Jewish Arabs.""18/6/2008
Army to remove roadblocks as `reward`YAAKOV KATZ - J-lem Post - "Following the crackdown in the village, the IDF removed three dirt roadblocks allowing villages to reach Kalkilya within 10 minutes, as opposed to the 45 minutes it took before." 18/6/2008
MachsomWatch - Huwwara CP, Sunday, 8.6.08, PMMachsomWatch - "The present, consistent pace of catching terrorists and dangerous explosives at Huwwara checkpoint (once every two-three weeks?), as in Beit Iba in the past, is truly admirable. Supplying regular terrifying information to news listeners, supplying soldiers with ample practice, and perhaps it`s just something we do, like the campfire tall tales that have aged and become somewhat technological. Or perhaps we`re dreaming…" 9/6/2008
U.S. Consulate employee dies of heart attack at Israeli checkpointSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Mohammed Mousa, 63, who has worked for forty years at the US Consulate in Jerusalem and is an American citizen, died of a heart attack when Israeli soldiers refused to allow him to pass through the checkpoint to work this week"9/6/2008
IDF to relocate hundreds of trees in Palestinian village Efrat Weiss - Ynet - ""They are moving the trees, but what about the land? Our experience with the Israeli occupation is not positive."" 4/6/2008
Lebanon: the domino that wouldn`t fallRanni Amiri - Counterpunch - The oil-rich Gulf countries, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, the Palestinian Authority and the countries of the Magreb have all, to a greater or lesser degree, been “toppled.” There are a few exceptions, such as Syria and maybe Yemen. The coveted prize however, was always Lebanon. The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia – through their proxies in the ruling March 14 Coalition – have long sought to bring it into the fold.1/6/2008
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