|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Iran resolution shelved in rare defeat for AIPAC||Jim Lobe - Antiwar - In a significant and highly unusual defeat for the so-called "Israel Lobby," the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives has decided to shelve a long-pending, albeit nonbinding, resolution that called for President George W. Bush to launch what critics called a blockade against Iran.||28/9/2008|
|UN: farmers forced to obtain "visitor" permits to reach land behind Wall, most denied || Amin Abu Wardeh - PNN||25/9/2008|
|Huwwara CP, Sunday, 21.9.08, PM||Galit G. - MachsomWatch - “Today is International Peace Day. It aims to encourage activity towards world peace and put a stop to violence of any kind (thus the website of Israel`s teachers` association, the same teachers who have educated the checkpoints generation…). Towards this noble cause, the new `terminal` at Huwwara Checkpoint is being currently completed, at the expense of millions of NIS . The new checkpoint installation will offer the soldiers air-conditioned checking posts, secured windows with a tiny opening and a loudspeaker – for the welfare of the Palestinians, of course”
|Can the Party of God Deliver Them From Exile? Hezbollah and the Palestinians ||Franklin Lamb - CounterPunch - “At the risk of over-simplification, one concludes that these kinds of ‘Robin Hood’ stories have created a broad admiration for the Hezbollah-led Resistance in Lebanon’s Palestinian community - as do Hezbollah’s straight-dealing with the Shatila and Burj al Burajneh Camps in the Ghoberi Municipality, where it helps with infrastructural, sewer and water projects (probably against ‘the law’ and wishes of many in Lebanon)”||24/9/2008|
| Stillborn at the Hawwara Checkpoint||Yesh Din - The Military Advocate General informed Yesh Din of his decision to launch a criminal investigation to examine the circumstances of the event in which IDF soldiers at the Hawwara Checkpoint refused passage of a woman giving birth and her husband on the way to the hospital in Nablus.||21/9/2008|
|Checkpoints in July||MachsomWatch summary on the daily ordeal of the Palestinians at the checkpoints. "...Hundreds of Palestinian laborers are risking their lives when they need to cross the heavy traffic 443 road on the way to Maccbim-Reut checkpoint, a road there is no other way to cross. At this point, on the other side of the street, traffic policemen await them, giving them tickets for hazardous crossing of the road"||20/9/2008|
|MachsomWatch -- Huwwara Checkpoint, Sunday, 14.9.08||MachsomWatch -- Huwwara Checkpoint, Sunday, 14.9.08, 15:15: “Another shift typified by overbearing, snide, hostile, pressured soldiers – and the commander setting a prominent personal example for all of the above. Another scorching-hot day of Ramadan fasting for an endless flow of Palestinians who reach the checkpoint to be checked, blocked, delayed, pushed around, humiliated and suffocated”||15/9/2008|
|Army jails soldier who delayed pregnant woman at checkpoint||Efrat Weiss -
" 50 minutes later a Palestinian ambulance arrived, but was forced to declare the baby dead."
|Machsom (Checkpoint) Watch report on the first Friday in Ramadan. Also, a related report from Jenin.||Posted in UN Truth by Marian Houk.
“JERUSALEM IS CLOSED ON THE POLITICAL ASPECT AND OPEN ON THE RELIGIOUS ONE. WE DON’T INTEND ON BUILDING A BERLIN WALL IN THE HEART OF JERUSALEM, AND WE DON’T INTEND ON DENYING THE FREEDOM OF PRAYER… ” From an interview with Shimon Peres on July 1994. Grim reality versus pious statements.
Also, "Jenin report: During Ramadan Israeli forces impose roadblocks 1/2 hour before breakfast", by PNN||13/9/2008|
|Reports from this week anti-wall demonstrations; a related article in the Economist||(1) Link to video: Ni`lin 8-9-08:
Protest against the apartheid wall continues in spite of Ramadan fast;
(2) Six injured in Bilin weekly protest
Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin
(3) The villagers hemmed in - The Economist||13/9/2008|
|`Neither shall they study war anymore`||Carl Hoffman-THE JERUSALEM POST-"Today, Israel is capable of a determined peace politics. It need not be a militarized society. We are convinced that we ourselves, our children, our partners, need not go on being endlessly mobilized, need not go on living as warriors… We will not go on being mobilized, raising children for mobilization, supporting mobilized partners, brothers, fathers, while those in charge of the country go on deploying the army easily, rather than building other solutions."||12/9/2008|
|UN leader to demand $1bn damages for Lebanon||Mitchell Prothero -
The National -
"Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, plans to ask the Israeli government to compensate Lebanon, neighbouring countries and the UN with as much as US$1 billion (Dh3.67bn) to assist with cleaning up damage to the eastern Mediterranean coastline from about 15,000 metric tonnes of fuel oil spilled into the sea when Israeli jets bombed a major electricity plant in Jiyeh, Lebanon."
|Marking 5th anniversary of protests, Ni`lin marchers choke on tear gas ||Ma’an -
"...residents of Ni’lin would not give in to a power trying to deprive children, families and farmers from accessing their lands, their educations and their rights."
|Seeking peace, yearning for Golan||Brooke Anderson - Al Jazeera - "Former residents of the Golan Heights are hopeful that ongoing Turkish-led peace talks between Syria and Israel can reunite them with the land that has been occupied since 1967"||8/9/2008|
|`Israel agrees to cede Shaba Farms`||Herb Keinon & JP-staff - Jerusalem Post - "An Israeli withdrawal from the Shaba Farms will leave Hizbullah with no more excuses to fight Israel," the [unnamed Israeli diplomatic] official was quoted as saying. ||2/9/2008|
|Report from W B checkpoints : `The soldiers ordered the passengers to stay on the bus and refused to let some elderly passengers use the toilets`||Machsom Watch -
A Palestinian bus, on its way from Nablus to Bethlehem, was held up and its passengers taken off for inspection. The passengers` baggage was also inspected. The passengers were put in two separate lines; one for men and one for women.
| Holland believes Iran to be attacked soon||
Dutch newspaper reports intelligence service recently suspended successful operation in Islamic republic following estimate that US army will decide to launch airstrike against Iranian targets in coming weeks.
|Home Demolitions in the Unrecognized Bedouin Villages in the Israeli Negev.||Dr. Yeela Raanan-Summer Update-"It seems it is a hobby of the police force. Since the people of this village, like the rest of us, must have a roof over their head, every time they re-erect the tents and the tiny tin homes – each time the tin is more crooked, and each time the tent has more rips. 16 families are living in this village, with no
other place they can make their home. Their leaders are begging the
government and its agencies to find a place they can live in safety – a
place that they will not have to face the governmental bulldozers every
couple of weeks. The government`s answer each time – is yet another
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