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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Middlebury Students Stage Israeli Checkpoint to Push DivestmentJay Saper - Portside - On May 15, students at Middlebury College in Vermont staged a checkpoint outside their dining hall during the busiest meal of the year to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, which led to the establishment of the state of Israel.-rh 30/5/2013
Slain Bedouin girls` mother, a victim of Israeli-Palestinian bureaucracyAmira Hass - Haaretz "The Palestinian police is not allowed to arrest Israeli civilians. It must hand suspects over to the Israel Police...In addition, the town of Al-Azaria, where Dandis lives, is in Area B, under Palestinian civilian authority and Israeli security authority. According to the testimony of Palestinian residents, neither the IDF nor the Israel Police has any interest in internal Palestinian crime even though they have both the authority and the obligation to act in Area B. " (ca for id)29/5/2013
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Palestinian workers say daily journey to Israel `torturous`Ma`an News Agency - "Around 4,000 Palestinian workers from the Hebron district face an arduous journey everyday as they try to cross into Israel via the Tarqumiya checkpoint."This is an Israeli policy aimed at creating chaos and confusion amongst the workers, who sometimes end up going to hospital to treat bruises and fractures or asphyxia resulting from the incredibly heavy jam and pell-mell at the crossing every morning," one worker told Ma`an reporters." (ca for id) 29/5/2013
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Dutch probe sends warning to firms abetting Israel’s crimesSalma Karmi-Ayyoub - EI "This week sees the conclusion of a three-year criminal investigation into the Dutch crane company, Riwal, accused of complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied West Bank. The case is unprecedented as it is the first time a company has been criminally investigated for involvement in the Israeli occupation.The case started with a complaint submitted to the Dutch prosecutor by the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq in March 2010." ca17/5/2013
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Palestinians Protest Confiscation Of Cremisan Monastery Lands In Beit JalaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "A week ago, Father Ibrahim Shomaly, told the BBC that the issue here is not about politics, but about human rights. “The Church must hear the people when they suffer, this is not about politics”, Father Shomaly told the BBC, “There are 57 Palestinian Christians families that will lose their lands, losing their lands means losing their hope”.In 2004, the International Court issued an advisory ruling considering the Annexation Wall illegal." ca10/5/2013
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Gaza: We Will Keep Coming Back – Special Report Dr. Bill Dienst - The Palestine Chronicle - "So now it is April 2013 and I enter Gaza again. We enter through Erez and we are forced this time to sit through a one hour PowerPoint presentation by the Israeli military outlining how benevolent Israel tries to help, and how these ungrateful Palestinians respond with rockets and are their own worst enemy"6/5/2013
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Decision postponed for Separation Wall in Battir Lea Frehse - AIC - "On May 1, an Israeli Supreme Court hearing was held in the case of the Separation Wall through the West Bank village of Battir. Israel’s Defence Ministry proposed a fence instead of the planned concrete wall, and Israel’s Park Authority suggested `less visible` means of surveillance and control. Battir’s residents wish to change the Wall’s route altogether to protect village lands"6/5/2013
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Palestinian Christians urge pope to oppose wallThe Daily Star - The letter came as Israel`s President Shimon Peres was due to arrive in Italy on a three-day visit during which he would meet Pope Francis. "We respectfully ask you to make use of this meeting to pass a strong message regarding the people of Palestine, and particularly the case of Beit Jala`s Cremisan land," it said.-rh 2/5/2013
Gaza exports have plummeted under Israeli blockadeChrista Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor - Yahoo!News - Gaza`s exports have dropped by 97 percent since 2007, limiting the chances that Gazans can wean themselves off of international aid27/5/2013
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