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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Gaza factories remain paralysed despite Israel pledge to ease blockadeDonald Macintyre - The Guardian - The chilled Tropika that Salama al-Kishawi proudly serves guests in his office tastes, unusually for a processed juice, of real oranges – especially refreshing on a 35C midsummer day in Gaza. But the flagship product of the Gaza Juice Factory has a significance that goes way beyond its taste.27/6/2010
Safe Passage ONLINE GAME: try to get permit to access from Gaza to West BankFrom Gisha: "Safe Passage" allows the user to experience interactively the restrictions on movement between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank ...The game includes an archive of dozens of legal documents that shed light on military legislation and legal rulings since the 1990s26/6/2010
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Traders say Rafah tunnel industry down"Tunnels are now used specifically for bringing in cement, iron, and ceramics because the other goods have begun to enter via the commercial crossings. There is no longer a need to bring them in via Egyptian tunnels," Abu Ahmad said. 26/6/2010
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Weekly VIDEO collection from FriendlyStranger3 videos showing the "eased" Gaza siege is still terrible; demo videos from Ni`lin and Bet Jalla; exposing settlement ads at a NY Aliyah convention; and more.26/6/2010
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Barriers, Borders, and Blockades: Policing Movement and Controlling Information Leah Hunt-Hendrix - MIFTAH - In a world as technologically advanced and information-saturated as ours seems to be, the lack of accurate representations of the conflict in Israel and Palestine in mainstream western media is astounding. As much as the borders and walls around Palestinians lands hinder people’s movement, they also seem to hinder the spread of reliable information. The blockade of goods into Gaza mirrors a kind of blockade on the speech and perspective of Palestinians, a silencing of their voices. Unless one knows where to look and actively seeks out the right websites and news sources, one is otherwise barraged with faulty information and mischaracterizations, which shape public opinion internationally, and become yet further mechanisms of domination.23/6/2010
To neutralizeAmira Hass - Haaretz - "...the Border Police on the scene were victims, witnesses, prosecutors, judges and executioners."23/6/2010
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No Gaza optimism over easing blockadeJon Donnison - BBC News - "The details of how the blockade will be ‘liberalised’ are still not clear, but reportedly the Israeli authorities will allow more civilian goods to enter […] ‘Of course it`s not enough,’ says Omar Shabban, an economist at the Gaza-based think tank PalThink. ‘What about the blockade on people for starters?’ he asks. ‘One-and-a-half million people are trapped in a prison unable to leave’" 21/6/2010
Thousands of items left off list of items permitted into GazaHanan Greenberg - Ynet - Goods denied entry into Strip will be based mainly on international accord in hopes that this will increase legitimacy of move around world. At center of list of prohibited items: military equipment, metals, fertilizer21/6/2010
VIDEO June 18 Bil`in DemoTear gas, 3 arrested as Bil`in residents continue reminding the world that the land beyond the Barrier is legally theirs, and that the IDF is in violation of Israel`s own court ruling to move the fences.19/6/2010
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Road 443 and Qalandiya CheckpointSusan Lourenco - Machsomwatch - At the end of 2009, the Supreme Court revoked the ban on Palestinians traveling or walking on Route 443, ruling it was unauthorized and disproportional. Yet the facts on the ground are very different. Our shift today found thorough security checks before being allowed to access the highway, a multitude of new fencing, barbed wire and all manner of obstacles, such as gates and concrete blocks, as well as new checkpoints and hills bristling with communication antennae. Moreover, the permission granted by the IDF for Palestinians from villages alongside 443, which cuts through Palestinian territory, a fact oblivious to the thousands of Israelis motorists whizzing along, unaware of what’s new, is for driving an extremely limited stretch of the roadway -- not more than 3 kms. if that, to a new checkpoint. Just before this checkpoint is a side road which indicates a way to Ramallah as well as a sign in Hebrew only, directed at Israelis: “if you get up to here, you’ve made a mistake!” In any case, no Palestinian can use Route 443 to access Jerusalem or Ramallah. So much for the Supreme Court’s success. 17/6/2010
Gisha Response to Cabinet Decision on Gaza Closure : We don`t need more lists; we need to end `economic warfare` Gisha - News release - Gisha notes that Israel has imposed restrictions on the passage of persons and goods into and out of Gaza not in order to prevent the transfer of weapons but rather as part of what Israel calls "economic warfare", designed, according to Israeli officials, to weaken the Hamas regime, prompt the release of Gilad Shalit and stop the firing of Qassam rockets. In the context of that policy, Israel deliberately prevents Gaza residents from receiving raw materials, exporting finished products, and traveling into and out of Gaza. 17/6/2010
EU ministers: `End Gaza blockade` AP/Maan/Jerusalem Post - "The continued policy of closure is unacceptable and politically counterproductive. The EU reiterates its call for an immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza including goods from the West Bank." The EU ministers avoided, however, a clear call for lifting the Israeli naval blockade and opening the Port of Gaza to international shipping. 15/6/2010
Guardian interviews Palestinian Families waiting in Rafah to enter EgyptEgypt announced it will "open" the Rafah crossing for a certain subset of Gaza`s Palestinians. Thousands now wait for days near the crossing. The Guardian spoke with some families.12/6/2010
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VIDEO: Free Gaza Activists in Prison Clothes visit Congressman ShermanSherman (D-CA) suggested prosecuting any American trying to break the Gaza siege. So a few such Americans, some in prison clothes and one who was on the flotilla, came to visit. They got the police.12/6/2010
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Amnesty: Israel Gaza blockade must be completely lifted 19/6/2010
Israel `to accept British plan to ease Gaza blockade`Adrian Blomfield and Alex Spillius - Daily Telegraph - ""Let`s judge the Israeli authorities by their actions rather than their words because there have been plenty of words in the past."" 9/6/2010
Palestinians and settlers join to fight separation fence routeNir Hasson - Haaretz - "I told them, `You destroyed it, do whatever you want. You are the occupiers, you decide everything, there is nothing for you and I to talk about. If you wanted to talk you would have come to talk, but you came to uproot.`"" 9/6/2010
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Palestinians and aid continue to cross between Gaza and EgyptDPA - The Hindu - For the first time, the Rafah Crossing is open indefinitely. More than 5,000 Palestinians have already crossed. However, Egypt continues to prohibit the entry of construction material into the Strip, in line with Israeli policy. 8/6/2010
Al Jazeera Interview with Mavi Marmara Journalist Jamal Elshayyal has been released by Israeli authorities following Monday`s deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara aid ship that was destined for Gaza. Our producer, who reported from the ship as Israel launched the raid, was on the top deck when the ship was attacked. Here, he tells his account of what happened.6/6/2010
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Autopsy Report on Turkish Activists Contradicts Israel`s ClaimsIn one case, Ince said, a gunshot victim had been shot at at extremely close range. "From the analysis of the bullet distance on one of the bodies," Dr. Ince said, "the gun was fired between 2 and 14 centimeters` distance from the victim`s head."5/6/2010
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Bibi: Stop Racist Talk, Release All Footage!The Israeli government`s race-baiting of the Turkish ship and the IHH organization continues. Stop this garbage. We demand the truth, nothing less.5/6/2010
Swedish Dockworkers to block Israeli ships and goods for 10 daysSwedish Port Workers Union spokesman Peter Annerback says workers will refuse to handle Israeli goods and ships during the June 15-24 blockade. The union has some 1,500 members and supports "Ship to Gaza," which took part in the flotilla. Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/world/swedish-dockworkers-set-to-block-israeli-ships-and-goods-after-gaza-flotilla-attack-95679414.html#ixzz0pzfvkQUk 5/6/2010
Saturday Afternoon: Israeli troops take over MV Rachel Corrie"They (the Israelis) once again went into international water and violently boarded a boat and forced people against their will to go to Israel"5/6/2010
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Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range...autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range.5/6/2010
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European FMs: We`ll monitor ships Jerusalem Post - UK and France suggest European forces control Gaza sea access. 8/6/2010
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