|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|PM approves eastward move of section of separation barrier ||Meron Rapoport -
"The result is that some 17,000 Palestinians will be stuck in an enclave bounded by the fence along the Green Line to the west, and the road and the Nili-Na`aleh fence to the east."||31/1/2007|
|A way to soothe the Middle East||H. D. S. Greenway -
Boston Globe -
"The number one issue that could soothe the region would be the swift creation of a Palestinian state."
|Qatar urges Israel to talk to Hamas||HERB KEINON -
The Jerusalem Post -
"Israel should talk with Hamas, Qatar`s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani told visiting Vice Premier Shimon Peres on Tuesday."||31/1/2007|
|World ignores signs of civil war in Lebanon||Robert Fisk - The Independent - This is how the 1975-90 conflict began in Lebanon. Outbreaks of sectarian hatred, appeals for restraint, promises of aid from Western and Arab nations and a total refusal to understand that this is how civil wars begin.
|Targeting Iran: Why can`t Americans see what`s coming?||Paul Craig Roberts - Counterpunch - Why hasn`t Congress told Bush and Cheney that they will both be instantly impeached if they initiate a wider war?||28/1/2007|
|Hegemony and appeasement: setting up the next U.S.-Israeli target (Iran) for another `supreme international crime`||Edward S. Herman and David Peterson - ZNet - Still digesting their recent and ongoing aggressions in the Middle East, the Bush and Israeli regimes now threaten to attack Iran. As these warrior states cast their long shadow across the region, they find themselves aided and abetted by the Security Council, the other major powers, parties of the opposition, and the media.
|Abbas and Livni meet in Davos||AP - Jerusalem Post - Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said after meeting Abbas on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum that she and the Palestinian leader had tried to explore "any way to push the process." But she suggested the road to peace would be long, with their meeting just one among many.||27/1/2007|
|Pushing the barrier||British Channel 4 - A film report about Bil`in, a village cut off from most of its lands and which has been staging a non-violent protest for two years (7 minutes video!).||27/1/2007|
|Hizbollah warn that Lebanon will see more violence ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "There is worse to come. That is what Lebanon`s opposition, led by the Hizbollah, said only hours after they lifted their violent day-long "strike" on Tuesday night and - here is the rub - there are few in this country who do not believe it."||25/1/2007|
|Opposition demonstrations turn Beirut into a violent sectarian battleground ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"It was a day of shame."||24/1/2007|
|Checkpoint comradeship ||Amira Hass -
"One gets sick of reading about the checkpoints. One gets even sicker of writing about them. And the most sickening thing of all is to pass through them."||24/1/2007|
|Between two walls||Danny Caravan -
"It is downright ugly and offensive and ruins the landscape - which is a cultural asset and part of our historic heritage."
|The hate that dare not speak its name||Eoin Murray - The Electronic Intifada - "Today, while driving through the western edges of the West
Bank, we began to understand what the "forbidden roads
regime" actually means -- through an intricate series of
road systems Israelis will travel on one set of roads
while Palestinians will travel on roads built underneath
|IDF source admits 44 barriers allegedly removed did not exist||Avi Issacharoff
"Last Tuesday, the IDF announced that it had removed 44
dirt obstacles that blocked access roads to West Bank
villages, to fulfill promises made by Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
A military source admitted on Sunday that these
obstacles "had either been removed before the political
level decided on the alleviations or had been bypassed by
Palestinians earlier, and a decision had been made not to
|Solana shocked at growth of settlements in West Bank ||Haaretz Service - DPA -EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana Sunday urged Israel to freeze West Bank settlements and stop constructing the security fence. "I had the opportunity to make a tour along the eastern part of Jerusalem and go to Abu Dis and its surroundings. You get really very shocked every time you go and you see the situation worse, the wall is more extended and settlements are more extended,"||22/1/2007|
| Terrified Palestinians flee Baghdad for Syrian border||UNHCR -
GENEVA – A group of up to 90 terrified Palestinian men, women and children fled Baghdad in two rented buses ..."Of all the groups being targeted in Iraq, the Palestinians are the most vulnerable as they literally have nowhere else to flee, and in many cases have been denied travel documents," said Andrew Harper, the Geneva-based senior Iraq operations manager. "The international community must act now to help these people. A safe haven needs to be found immediately, outside Iraq."
|Museum of Intolerance?||IPCRI -
The construction of this museum on the Muslim cemetery in Mamilla will destroy chances for coexistence in Jerusalem...By insisting on construction of the museum at all costs, the Wiesenthal Center assists Israel in its efforts to erase the record of Jerusalem`s Palestinian heritage.
|Machsom Watch Report from Nablus area||"
Two volunteers from a church organisation tell us about the hardships of life in Tulkarm, where they have been for three months. The economic situation is depressing. Night patrols of soldiers in the refugee camp. Lack of hope and talk of desire to emigrate...A captain says that the purpose of the checkpoint is to arouse a situation of uncertainty.
|Inquest finds Israel had `no clear objective` during war||Staff -
The Daily Star -
"accusing the current chief of staff, General Dan Halutz, of having ordered the recall of all copies of the probe`s report "to prevent leaks.""
|The denial / Assassination of a peace initiative ||Akiva Eldar -
"The only thing left is to decide which is more serious: that the clerks didn`t report to their bosses, or that everyone is deceiving the public."
|Prime Minister Olmert visits West Bank||HERB KEINON -
Jerusalem Post -
""There is a large population whose quality of life is dependent on us, and we need to demonstrate openness and tolerance toward them." "
|The Profits of Escalation: Why the US is Not Leaving Iraq||Ismael Hossein-Zadeh - Counterpunch - "In light of fact that by now almost all of the factions of the ruling circles, including the White House and the neoconservative war-mongerers, acknowledge the failure of the Iraq war, why, then, do they balk at the idea of pulling the troops out of that country?"||16/1/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints||MachsonWatch -- Thursday, 11.1.07, PM, Container CP: “We could not believe our eyes. Dozens of buses returning from Ramallah with smiling people waving to everybody, even to the soldiers (they were celebrating 42 years to Fatah). The CO made it a point to smile back and not spoil the festive mood. He did not check the buses and made friendly remarks to the passengers driving past. At the same time the flood of returning laborers was directed straight to the taxis without checks. A folk festival!”
|Second Madrid Conference: Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Syrians ||Y-Net & Madrid+15 - [Conference at Madrid - one more effort of "Alterantive Diplomacy" to move things forward. Will it have any more success than the previous efforts? A.K.] ||13/1/2007|
|The Women`s Channel (Rice & Livni)||Walter Issacson/Yitzhak Benhorin/Ronny Sofer - Time Magazine/Y-net - Condoleezza Rice has a lot in common with her secret new soul mate, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Both are women with razor-sharp intellects, center-right convictions and an odd blend of rigid righteousness and pragmatism. Both work under men whose popularity has plummeted because of the bungled conduct of a war (Iraq for George Bush, Lebanon for Ehud Olmert). And both realize that this vulnerability, combined with the even greater weakness of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has made the timing ripe for a new strategy for an Israeli-Palestinian peace.
|Easing of restrictions ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "The investigators did not find dramatic changes in the number of surprise checkpoints, the hundreds of physical barriers, mounds of earth, ditches, concrete blocks and metal gates that block passage from one village to another. Hundreds of kilometers of road are off limits to Palestinians or restricted to limited Palestinian traffic. "||10/1/2007|
|Machsom Watch wants to watch airport||CAMILLA M. BUTCHINS -
Jerusalem Post -
""We want to know who these people are, who trains them, and why there isn`t any supervision over them.""
| Palestinians from Iraq are refugees once again: Syrian government allocates 10 dunams for housing||PNN -- "General Director of the Ministry and Coordinator of the Follow-Up Committee, Hussam Ahmed, thanked the Syrian government for its approval and support of Palestinian refugees living in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. He pointed out the importance of the project to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians fleeing Iraq, particularly as they are currently living in tents in Syria and facing extremely difficult conditions"||8/1/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints||MachsomWatch – Ezyon District Coordination Office (Bethlehem vicinity), Sunday, 31.12.06, 08:15: “The bureaucratic problems that proved to be very time consuming centered around obtaining work permits that had already been approved […]In at least one case the permit was simply overlooked. In another case, [...] the permit had been issued on December 5, but was allegedly not picked up. Therefore it had been voided today. The worker [...] had been to the DCO to pick up his permit many times during the past month but had never been able to reach the office inside. Now he had to apply for a renewal. It turned out there were about 10 people with the same story […] This is a very serious infringement of rights, as the livelihood of many families, children, old people and a whole society, depend on these men being able to work”||8/1/2007|
|Lynching won`t help U.S.||Eric Margolis - Toronto Sun - The U.S. is now being rebuked around the globe for delivering President Saddam Hussein of Iraq to a lynch mob.
|The whole bloody thing was obscene ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - The lynching of Saddam Hussein - for that is what we are talking about - will turn out to be one of the determining moments in the whole shameful crusade upon which the West embarked in March of 2003.||7/1/2007|
|Mubarak: either demilitarized region or Egypt goes nuclear too||Roee Nahmias - Ynet - "We said that the region should be demilitarized of mass destruction weapons and that we don’t want nuclear weapons in the region, or else we would be forced to also bring in nuclear weapons so that we are not attacked at any time," the president said.||6/1/2007|
|Ramallah raid casts shadow over Olmert-Mubarak meet||Nir Hasson- Haaretz-"These Qassam rockets. They`ll fire them every other day. Shall we stop the peace process because one or two individuals fire rockets? We must proceed with the peace process,(Mubarak)"||5/1/2007|
|IDF source admits: 44 `removed` barriers didn`t exist ||Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz - "The Israel Defense Forces admitted yesterday that the 44 dirt obstacles it said had been removed from around West Bank villages did not actually exist."
|More Power to the People ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - "Over four weekends in January and February, the Palestinian Body for Peace Dialogue and Equality (HASM) has organized the “Thirty Days Against Checkpoints” Campaign during which Palestinian, foreign and Israeli activists will hold several activities at the Huwwara Checkpoint in Nablus in protest of Israeli occupation measures there."
|Improvements at W. Bank roadblocks are marginal ||Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz - "The roadblocks examined by Haaretz are those located in the areas where the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman`s Office says changes have been made. At some of the roadblocks, only slight changes were made to make life easier for the people living in the area, and no changes were made at other roadblocks. Some of the roadblocks where the IDF said improvements were made had not been manned prior to the Olmert-Abbas meeting. The IDF also added portable roadblocks in a few areas, which make the improvements in the permanent roadblocks irrelevant."
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