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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Israel`s separation fence accommodates settlersAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "His one and only concern is for Israelís security and, as we know, he does not make concessions on Israelís security. Right? Not exactly. If this is true, how does one explain the multiple breaches in the separation fence, or as itís officially named, the ďsecurity fence?Ē - id 29/1/2014
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Israeli Supreme Court is Hearing the Cremisan Case on WednesdayPalestine News Network - PNN - "Last Friday, the community of Beit Jala conducted its final mass at Cremisan to pray against the construction of the wall. The mass was attended by ambassadors and diplomats representing dozens of countries (including the European Union, France, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Chile, Slovenia, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, Malta and the United Kingdom among others)." - id29/1/2014
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Final mass in West Bank town as Supreme Court due to rule on land seizureHaaretz--Separation barrier in Beit Jala would leave Cremisan monastery on Israeli side, detaching it from the predominantly Christian village. dn26/1/2014
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Abbas seeks $1-billion Gaza deal with RussiaIsrael News - " Abbas seeks $1-billion Gaza deal with Russia Published: 01.23.14, 22:42 / Israel News Israel News - Ynet "Abbas and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were due to sign an intergovernmental agreement that reports said included a $1.0-billion (730-million-euro) natural gas project in the Gaza section of the Mediterranean Sea. (AFP)" ca 24/1/2014
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St James`s Bethlehem wall was a bridge across the divideLeah Hoskin - Guardian - "I understand there was harsh criticism from some Israelis and from Christian Zionists, but that there was much more support from many Jewish visitors and, as would be expected, from organisations such as Israelis Against Demolition and other Palestinian, Israeli and Jewish organisations working for reconciliation." - id for rh 23/1/2014
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IOF Forces Close HebronPNN- Palestinian News Network - "...the Israeli forces have distributed leaflets in the areas adjacent to the apartheid wall and called on the residents to "preserve the wall, not damage it" and also warned them that there will be a mass punishment if they come near the wall." - id 22/1/2014
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Study: Gaza unemployment`s rate predicted to reach 50%Alray - Business analysts and economists raised the alarm over rising unemployment rates in the besieged Gaza Strip amid rapidly deteriorating economic conditions. According to Maher al-Tabaa of the Gaza Chamber of Commerce, the present unemployment rate of 28% - which would have been considered high in many other countries, but is relatively low by Gazan standards - is expected to rise sharply in the next few months, and might reach 50%. There are two main reasons for the fast economic deterioration, following two years of relative economic stability: One is the Egyptian Army`s closing off of most of the tunnels to Sinai, via which the Gaza Strip used to get most of the consumer goods denied by the Israeli siege. The other is Israel`s decision to stop construction materials getting into the strip, following the discovery of a Hamas cross-border tunnel. which is expected to bring construction in the Strip to a stand-still. 21/1/2014
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So near and yet so far: Israeli seclusion of Gaza causes separation of Palestinian families Hamoked/B`Tselem - Couples of which one spouse is from the West Bank and the other from the Gaza Strip are often separated and their family life disrupted by Israel`s prohibits of all passage between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, except in very few exceptional humanitarian cases. The Gazan partner would find it very difficult to come to live on the West Bank, being classed by the Israeli military authorities as an "illegal alien" and needing to go through a difficult beauracratic process to get a residence permit. On the other hand, West Bank residents who want to move to the Gaza Strip to live with their Gazan spouses can do so easily, but only if they pledge to relocate permanently to Gaza; they would then hardly ever be allowed to come back to the West Bank, even for a short visit. This clearly reflects the strategic concept current in Israeli governmental circles since the Gaza Redeployment in 2005, envisioning an eventual annexation of the West Bank but not of the Gaza Strip, so as to preserve the "Jewish Majority". Hamoked and B`Tselem contend that demographic motives, unacceptable under current standards of Human Rights, are hidden behind the official "security" rationale. ak 21/1/2014
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Video: Kalandia - A Checkpoint Story"Kalandia - A Checkpoint Story" follows the evolvement of a small checkpoint in Northern Jerusalem which was established as a temporary checkpoint in 2001. Over a span of six years, Neta Efrony, a filmmaker and a member of MachsomWatch (Checkpoints Watch), documented the ways in which a temporary checkpoint grew and expanded into becoming a permanent checkpoint. Kalandia checkpoint does not separate between Arabs and Jews; Kalandia checkpoint separates between Palestinians and Palestinians [ry]20/1/2014
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PHOTO: Palestinian PM is stopped at Israeli checkpointMichael Omer-Man - +972 - "Hamdallah said that settlers together with soldiers stopped his convoy and attempted to force them out of the vehicle." - id 15/1/2014
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Fifteen Palestinians Injured Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The attack led to violent clashes between the soldiers and local youth who hurled stones and empty bottles at them, while the army fired rubber-coated metal bullets and concussion grenades." - id 8/1/2014
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Palestinian worker dies of extreme overcrowding at Israeli checkpointChris Carlson - Imemc/Ma`an - According to witnesses, Adel Muhammad Yakoub died as a result of extreme overcrowding at the Israeli Ephraim/Taybeh Checkpoint. Some 10,000 Palestinian workers cross this checkpoint every day. Inspection procedures are very slow, causing dangerous levels of overcrowding. The 59 year old Yakoub is reported to have suffered from heart disease. He left a wife and seven children, aged 11-16, at his home village of Balaa in the northern West Bank. ak7/1/2014
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PHOTOS: Gaza still suffering from floodsAIC - "Weeks after record-setting winter storms hit the Middle East, the Gaza Strip was still struggling to cope with severe flooding of homes and businesses"6/1/2014
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Meretz: We won`t oppose annexation of Jordan Valley Dimi Reider - +972 "Meretz chairwoman Zehava Galon on Monday declared that her party will no longer rescue Israelís ruling coalition from itself, and will not vote against an annexation bill proposed by Miri Regev (Likud)." ca3/1/2014
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Of Hunters and PolicemenTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - "The hand of the policeman Menashe Hai covered the camera as I was pointing it towards three BP policemen, head hunters at the entrance to Qalandiya checkpoint." - id 1/1/2014
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Miles Of Smiles 24 Arrives In GazaAgencies - IMEMC - "The convoy brought to Gaza urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies, including medical equipment, especially since the recent snowstorm in Palestine caused damage to medical equipment and medical centers." id for rh9/1/2014
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