|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Israel makes checkpoints pledge ||Al Jazeera - Israel "will remove some 50 barriers to allow vehicle movement between the towns of Jenin, Tulkarem, Qalqilya and Ramallah," the defence ministry said on Sunday. However, the measure would affect only a fraction of the more than 500 roadblocks and checkpoints across the territory.
|The Effect of the U.S. Occupation of Iraq: Tracking violence & popular opinion||Kevin Young -
Z-Magazine - "A primary stated justification for continuing the U.S.-led military occupation of Iraq is that a withdrawal of Western forces would result in a "bloodbath." .. these images make two basic assumptions: that the U.S. presence in Iraq is reducing violence, and that a U.S. withdrawal would bring a dramatic increase in violence levels.
Almost never are these two claims scrutinized in much detail."
|So? ... A Note from Michael Moore||Michael Moore - "It would have to happen on Easter Sunday, wouldn`t it, that the 4,000th American soldier would die in Iraq. Play me that crazy preacher again, will you, about how maybe God, in all his infinite wisdom, may not exactly be blessing America these days. Is anyone surprised? 4,000 dead. Unofficial estimates are that there may be up to 100,000 wounded, injured, or mentally ruined by this war. And there could be up to a million Iraqi dead. We will pay the consequences of this for a long, long time. God will keep blessing America"||24/3/2008|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 16.3.08--22.3.08||MachsomWatch - Beit Iba (Nablus area), Thursday, 20.3.08, 14:51: “Next to the CP there is a truck. The passengers and driver have been there for three hours because when one of the soldiers told them to turn the truck in its place they accidentally made a dent in one of the small plastic polls that are there. The soldiers have called the police”||24/3/2008|
|MachsomWatch, Qalandiya : last four weeks the situation in the CP has worsened considerably||`
people waiting outside are particularly tense and, instead of queuing in an orderly fashion, all bunch up, with some trying to climb up over the fence...
One woman was struggling with a crying baby at gate 5 for almost an hour. It turned out that she was waiting for the DCO to open.
|`Lavrov to bring message from Assad`||HERB KEINON-
J-lem Post -
"Lavrov`s trip comes as Syria has once again been putting out feelers regarding a possible peace deal with Israel." ||19/3/2008|
|Robert Fisk: The cult of the suicide bomber||Rober Fisk - the Independent - "One of George Bush`s most insidious legacies in Iraq thus remains its most mysterious; the marriage of nationalism and spiritual ferocity, the birth of an unprecedentedly huge army of Muslims inspired by the idea of death.
|Barrier turns village into virtual enclave ||IRIN Report -
The Electronic Intifada -
""All people who want to visit have to be on a list at the checkpoint at the village`s entrance."" ||12/3/2008|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 2.3.08–8.3.08||MachsomWatch - Huwwara (Nablus Area), Sunday, 2.3.08, 16:00: On the roadside just outside the checkpoint compound, 7 vehicles are parked, their drivers and passengers standing by them in a stalled stance that speaks volumes. […] They all traveled "Madison road", breaking the law. We ask, if there is a law forbidding Palestinians to travel this road, why is there no road sign explicitly stating this for all to see? […] And why do the soldiers who catch them not prevent them from getting on that road? The drivers are habitually allowed on the road (soldiers posted at the observation tower at the checkpoint detect them as they turn onto the forbidden road and let them proceed, later going out and `catching them` at it, and punishing them with detention)
|Full steam ahead||Lucy Fielder - Al-Ahram - Washington`s deployment of its infamous warship to Lebanon threw the country into further confusion this week||10/3/2008|
|Crisis Over Teheran`s Alleged Nuclear Plans Nearing Climax ||Bill and Cathy Christison - the Counterpunch||9/3/2008|
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 24.2.08–1.3.08||MachsomWatch - Thursday, 28.2.08, 15:47 Hamra CP (Jordan Valley): In the shed is a detainee, hands handcuffed behind his back, sitting on the concrete floor. He is a shepherd […] A soldier says he was caught with a big knife, admitting the shepherd was nowhere near the CP or the soldiers, and did not resist search and arrest. […] He`s been here for an hour, waiting for the police. At 16:30 a police car arrives. […] The plastic handcuffs are removed, leaving a mark on the man`s wrists. The shepherd says he`d rather die than abandon his sheep while he is taken by the police. The officer grabs him by the back of the neck, pushes him towards the wall and makes him bend down, facing the wall. The soldiers take photos of the prisoner. 10 soldiers standing around doing nothing. He is released at 17:30 ||3/3/2008|
|Court Report ,Ofer : Who is disturbing the peace ?||Machsom Watch -
Border Policeman attack Adnan. He threw him to the ground and held his cudgel to his throat threatening to choke him. This was his report to the court, which explains how the soldier`s finger found its way to Adnan`s teeth: Adnan tried to save himself from strangulation. A photographer caught this on camera; in the photo Adnan is seen lying on his back, the cudgel pressed to his throat and the soldier`s finger in his mouth.
|USS Cole gives the jitters to Lebanon||SANA ABDALLAH -
Middle East Times -
A U.S. decision to dispatch three warships, including the USS Cole, to the coast of Lebanon to "show support for regional stability" is causing jitters within the country that such an overt show of foreign military strength is likely to exacerbate its political crisis.
|Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 9.3.08--14.3.08||MachsomWatch - Deir Sharaf (Nablus Area), Sunday, 9.3.08, 14:10: “A woman tells us that the day before, at around 2:30 in the afternoon, about 15 jeeps tore along the dirt road and stopped by her house. About 30 or more soldiers proceeded to order all the neighbours, from the surrounding ten houses, to assemble in her courtyard, relieved everybody of their phones, and proceeded to run amok. We went into three of the houses that were wrecked. Cupboards turned over and bedding strewn all over the floor, furniture, including sofas, stuffed chairs and tables, torn apart, walls covered with soot from smoke bombs”
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