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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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“It’s as if we are living on another planet”Dr Kamalian Sha’ath - Palestinian Center for Human Rights - "This report highlights that the closure on Gaza is not only on raw materials and freedom of movement but also an academic blockade, and that the prospects of academic enlightenment are under equal threat in the West Bank." - id 21/6/2013
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The Closure Continues.. A Report on the Impact of the Israeli Closure on the Gaza Strip (01 January – 31 December 2012)Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - Report - This report, that covers the year 2012, documents the state of the Gaza Strip`s border crossings used for the movement of persons and goods. Further, it presents comprehensive statistics on the border crossings showing the latest developments at the crossings and the impacts on the Gaza Strip. The report also refutes the Israeli claims on the alleged "easing" of the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip.-rh19/6/2013
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Humiliation by checkpointCynthia Franklin - Jews for Justice for Palestine - every person had stories of crossings that involved humiliation, and, often, physical violence. These stories, central to daily life under Israeli Occupation, permeated every conversation, even as the Separation Wall that winds for hundreds of kilometers in a crazy cement serpentine stranglehold around and through Palestinian agricultural lands, towns, villages and homes, was rarely out of sight.-rh19/6/2013
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The Permit Regime: Human Rights Violations in the `Seam Zone`HaMoked - Since 2003, parts the West Bank became trapped between the separation wall and the Green Line. To live or visit there, a Palestinian must first obtain a military-issued permit (Israelis or tourists do not require any such permit). ak 18/6/2013
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Palestine drops bid to register new UNESCO heritage siteAmmar Owaineh and George Hale - Ma`an News Agency - "The decision to put off the nomination angered Palestinian experts and local officials […] The Battir municipality is locked in a court battle with the Israeli army to re-route the barrier, and they hoped the global attention from a successful vote might even the playing field. `Palestine is missing a great chance by not submitting the file,` according to Battir mayor Akram Bader. […] Bader said the Palestinian leadership neglected an opportunity to offer `protection against Israeli violations` as well as boost the economic, cultural and historical value of the village`"17/6/2013
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The most humane little checkpointAmira Hass - Haaretz "According to the Defense Ministry, it takes about seven minutes for the average person to cross from the start of the roadblock to the plaza where Palestinians catch their rides to work.Yet independent observers calculate that on a good day − like last Sunday, for example − it takes at least 28 minutes. And according to calculations from May 26 it took as long as 71 minutes per person." ca 14/6/2013
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Work started on Gaza`s ArkGaza`s Ark Steering Committee - Thanks to worldwide donations, work has started on Gaza`s Ark - the boat which is to challenge the Israeli siege of Gaza from the opposite direction to what had been earlier attempted. When completed, Gaza`s Ark would sail outwards from the shore of Gaza, carrying Palestinian and international activists as well as a sample of the export goods which Gazans could have exported to sustain their economy, but for the Israeli navy gunboats blockading their shore. 11/6/2013
With Golan fence, Israel closer to surrounding itself with barriersWilliam Booth--The Israelis build the world’s most sophisticated fences, drawing international delegations that want to see the latest in barrier technology. But some Israelis worry that the fences are a metaphor for weakness as much as they are for strength and that the barriers have increased a sense of isolation. dn9/6/2013
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At this Laborers’ Checkpoint a Person is Just a NumberTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - “This checkpoint is only for the settlements”, replied the person answering the phone at the civil administration hot line, when asked why a resident of Al Jib returning from treatment in East Jerusalem or laborers coming back from a job which isn’t located in one of the mentioned settlements, is ordered by the soldiers to head back, drive to Qalandiya checkpoint which many kilometers away, pass through it and pay a substantial sum for their long ride on the constantly jammed and winding road leading to their village.-rh 5/6/2013
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