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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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The lives of othersIlana Hammerman - Haaretz - "They come from Yatta, Sussia, Hebron, Halhul, Bani Na`im, Tekoa, Husan, Batir. Those from Yatta set out at 2 A.M. and arrived here at 3:30, to get a place at the head of the line. The Hebronites left home at 3 A.M. Those from Husan and Batir, which are closer, started out at 3:30. More and more taxis and panel vans pull up and unload dozens of people into the dark of the night. By 5 A.M. around 2,000 to 2,500 people have already gathered here"22/2/2010
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Checkpoint misery epitomizes a Mideast divideBen Hubbard, AP News - Antiwar - "They move through cage-like passages and 7-foot-high turnstiles to be checked by Israeli soldiers from behind bulletproof glass. The soldiers often yell at them through loudspeakers. They are supposed to work in pairs to speed the lines through, but sometimes one of them is asleep, his feet on his desk"22/2/2010
Is Israel severing East Jerusalem from the West Bank? Amira Hass - Haaretz - “Israel calls the checkpoint a ‘terminal’ and relates to it as an existing, legal border between the State of Israel and the Palestinian entity. For Palestinians, the Qalandiyah checkpoint is a physical representation of the fact that for most of them, East Jerusalem has become as far away as the moon. Most of the people who pass through Qalandiyah are Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. A minority are West Bank residents who have temporary permits to enter Israel”22/2/2010
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Israeli Think Tank Says Global Anti-Occupation Movement Is The Problem; Sabotage Is The Cureby Carol Sanders From:The Only Democracy "Reut Institute, a leading Israeli national security and socioeconomic policy think tank, has released its preliminary report on ¡°The Delegitimization Challenge: Creating a Political Firewall¡± In an extraordinary exercise in doublethink, Reut scratches its head over Israel¡¯s declining diplomatic status in the aftermath of its assault on Gaza and the Goldstone Report, and concludes that, yet again, it is the victim."19/2/2010
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Four Bil’in Residents Detained While Accessing FarmlandPlease post and pass on "At 11am Wednesday morning 2 jeeps and approximately 10 soldiers invaded Bil’in village. Witnesses reported that many young schoolgirls were coming home from their school day as soldiers surveyed the village. At one point, a sound bomb (stun grenade) and one tear gas canister were thrown on the street near the mosque, while soldiers attempted to stop a local cameraman from filming them." 19/2/2010
GALLERY: Palestinians dressed as the Na`vi from the film Avatar stage a protest against Israel`s separation barrierFrom the Telegraph13/2/2010
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Israel acts on West Bank wall order Aljazeera: Israel has begun rerouting a section of its controversial separation barrier near the West Bank village of Bilin following a two-and-a-half-year-old court ruling. (includes map)13/2/2010
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Israel Needs GoldstoneThis is about the lengths we will go, and the depths, in order to protect what we so desperately need to believe about ourselves. This is about how many others we will need to blame, vilify, assault, scapegoat and smear, before we actually take one wholly honest long look in the mirror. 13/2/2010
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Medical Aid Convoy Makes It Into Gazaby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies " A medical aid convoy sent by the Arabs Physicians Union managed to enter the Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon via the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt."12/2/2010
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The Nonviolent Resistance is winning.by Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Committee in Bilin "we see today Bil`in`s victory; bulldozers have begun the removal of the wall"12/2/2010
Rep. Brian Baird: Break Gaza Siege 15/2/2010
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Checkpoint TourSusan Lourenco - Machsomwatch - In such beleaguered times for NGOs here, it`s as well to remind ourselves of some of the reasons for which we stand: "…to monitor, observe and document." How else do the Israeli and publics abroad learn what is happening in the West Bank every day? Through the credibility we`ve acquired over the years of the Second Intifada by our "professional" monitoring of the conduct of the security forces, and our protection of Palestinian human rights, we prove time and time again that we cannot sit and be silent. Yet perhaps the best statement of what is going on today was provided by two plant nursery owners on the Seam Line, protesting once again renewed harassment by soldiers, and their complaints being confirmed by the DCO -- "it`s the new politics." Indeed!10/2/2010
For sale: Gaza zoo where the zebras were not all they seemedKatherine Butler - The Independent - Israeli blockade leaves animals starving and owners with no choice but to sell up8/2/2010
Palestinians still waiting for right to use Highway 443in December last year, the Israeli supreme court ruled that the state had to revoke the ban and allow Palestinians access ...some of the Palestinian villagers affected hold out little hope that it ever will be implemented. “So many times, when the Israeli army says yes it means no – I have no reason to trust them now,” said 32-year-old Farouk, who lives in Beit Sira. (thenational.ae)6/2/2010
B`Tselem and 6 US Peace and Human Rights Groups to Obama: Lift Gaza Siege...As you said in your Cairo speech, "Just as it devastates Palestinian families, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel`s security." ...A generation of jobless Gazan youths - 70% of Gazans are under 30 - lacking any hope for the future, are ripe for further radicalization and violence.6/2/2010
Egypt`s WallUrsula Lindsey - MERIP - By highlighting the role of Egypt in maintaining the siege on Gaza, the Gaza Freedom Marchers put the Egyptian government in a distressing position (...) with demonstrations at Egyptian embassies in Turkey, Malaysia, Jordan and Lebanon.2/2/2010
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