|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|An open letter to Gordon Brown: end the occupation||Patrick Cockburn - Counterpunch - Dear Mr. Brown: British soldiers now have no role in southern Iraq other than to provide targets. The only reason for them to stay is that the White House does not want to be wholly bereft of allies on the ground, and it would be embarrassing to admit the futility of the British presence over the past four years.||30/6/2007|
|Company involved in construction of Separation Wall finds doors locked||"We, a group of autonomous women activists, have protested against the Akerstein Company and its support for the Separation Wall. We have acted at the Akerstein sales center at Herzlia Pituach - we have inserted fast-drying glue into the locks of several entrance doors, sprayed red stains on the outer walls and hanged on the walls posters explaining why.||30/6/2007|
|Peace Now – Removal of Roadblocks and Checkpoints In The West Bank –June 2007|| ||28/6/2007|
|Lebanon`s Agony|| Max Rodenbeck - The New York Review of Books - "for all its own fractious internal squabbles, Lebanon ultimately remains hostage to the regional ur-conflict over Palestine.
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 17.6.07-23.6.07||MachsomWatch -- Beit Furiq (Nablus area), Sunday, 17.6.07, 16:45: “A tractor and farmers (two men, two boys) need to cross the apartheid road next to the checkpoint. This is the road that connects settlements Itamar and Alon More, and is out of bounds to Palestinians except at one single spot, the junction that enables crossing from the access road to Beit Furiq and Beit Dajan onto the Checkpoint and into Nablus. The farmers are from Salem village and their lots are on both sides of the road right next to the CP. They harvested grain in the lot across the road and now need to cross with the tractor in order to gather the bales and take them home. The soldiers don`t allow this. Why? Just so. Yesterday they were allowed. Today they`re not”
|Hebron: Checkpoints and Gates ||Jan Benvie - CPT - ""Currently, freedom of movement and access for Palestinians within the West Bank is the exception rather than the norm contrary to the commitments undertaken in a number of Agreements between the GOI [government of Israel] and the PA" [Palestinian Authority]"
|Israeli authority begins excavations for the separation wall near Bethlehem||Ma`an||19/6/2007|
| Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 7-13 June, 2007|| PCHR
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 10.6.07--16.6.07||MachsomWatch – Qalandiya, Sunday, 10.6.07, 16:30: “A Red Crescent ambulance arrived and parked as close as possible to the CP. They were awaiting an ambulance that had left Ramallah 10 minutes ago carrying a 6-month old infant with cardiac problems who was to be delivered to El Mukassed Hospital. The ambulance team included a pediatrician and a cardiologist. They had intensive care as well as resuscitation equipment waiting and ready for the infant. The driver said that many people had been hard at work since the previous day, when the infant`s condition had begun to deteriorate, to receive the necessary approvals to transfer him and just one of his parents to Jerusalem. After 15 minutes word came that the infant`s condition had deteriorated so seriously that his doctors were afraid he would not survive the trip. The ambulance returned empty”||18/6/2007|
|Arab states seek mediation/US may ease aid ban ||Jailan Zayan - AFP/Reuters - Arab foreign ministers urged both Hamas and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to step back from the brink amid dire warnings about the consequences of Hamas`s seizure of the Gaza Strip. Arab states, which had tried to smooth differences between Hamas and Abbas` Fatah movement, also decided at emergency talks which ended Saturday to set up a commission to examine the situation in the Palestinian territories.||16/6/2007|
|Assassination brings Lebanon closer to brink ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "Walid Eido represented a constituency in Beirut`s tough Sunni Muslim Basta area, a populist politician who had constantly condemned Syria`s "interference" and had more recently turned on Hizbollah`s political action against the government. When the pro-Syrian militia group, who withstood Israel`s devastating bombardment of Lebanon last summer, pitched their tents across the centre of Beirut in an attempt to bring down Siniora`s government, it was Eido who referred to this as "occupation"."
|Forty years later, searching for truth ||Ward Boston -
Maan News -
"Surely uncovering the truth about what happened to American servicemen in a bloody attack is more important than protecting Israel. And surely forty years is long enough to wait." ||13/6/2007|
|WEEKLY DIGEST: REPORTS FROM CHECKPOINTS 3 - 9.6.07||MachsomWaatch -
"Beit Iba checkpoint:..A Palestinian is washing down the surface of the road and the barriers of the checkpoint. It seems this is a lame attempt at trying to keep the dangerous dust of the quarry at bay. We have often been told by the soldiers that they can only be kept on duty at Beit Iba for 3 week shifts because of the dangerous effect this quarry dust has on the lungs.
" [Editor`s comment: For Palestinians, this is one of the main exits from Nablus.]||12/6/2007|
|Don`t say we did not know 59||Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - "Starting in January 2007, Palestinian complaints about abuse from a soldier named Kobi started to arrive...The abuse continues; Kobi especially abuses teachers. "||12/6/2007|
|The Checkpoint Women of Israel||Robert Hirschfield - In These Times - "Machsom Watch advocates for fair treatement of Palestinians, drawing both resentment and respect from their countrymen
|Palestinians face more restrictions than ever ||Donald Macintyre - the Independent - `The Israeli authorities have been ordered by the High Court to give a formal explanation of why an important highway running from Jerusalem through the occupied West Bank [Route 223] has been barred to Palestinians living in the area. The Israeli authorities have been ordered by the High Court to give a formal explanation of why an important highway running from Jerusalem through the occupied West Bank has been barred to Palestinians living in the area."`||11/6/2007|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 26.5.07 – 2.6.07||MachsomWatch -- Ezyon DCL (Bethlehem area), PM: “The new waiting room was almost empty. […] The loudspeaker on the wall emit loud and unpleasant sounds constantly: shouts, imitation of jackal howls, music started and stopped. The soldier at the window shouts […] to the Palestinians in Arabic: ‘You all go away,’ ‘There are no Magnetic Cards, go.’ […] Nobody knew what they were supposed to do to get an answer to their queries. Our attempts to get answers by phone were in vain, as has been the case lately. We asked the soldiers to address the people a little more politely; as a result the loudspeaker sounded some more animal howls, loud laughter and unbearable screeching music"||4/6/2007|
|Change cast in concrete||Ken Ellingwood -- Los Angeles Times -- The barrier Israel is building along the West Bank has had an unforeseen effect: Palestinians are flooding back into Jerusalem to bolster their claim to the holy city||4/6/2007|
|Adalah Appeals to Supreme Court against Confiscation of Lands of Lajoun Belonging to 300 Arab Families from Umm al-Fahem||ADALAH`S NEWSLETTER Volume 36, May 2007-"The District Court’s interpretation of the term “settlement” also leads to unjust results and legitimizes the illegal seizure of land, ... particularly given that the Land Acquisition Law, ... was enacted to ease and retroactively validate the state’s seizure of large areas of land owned by persons forced to leave during the 1948 war."||1/6/2007|
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