|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|URGENT APPEAL - Actions Required||THE OBSERVATORY -
"The Observatory has been informed by Al-Haq about obstacles to freedom of movement imposed on Mr. Yusuf Qawariq, an Al-Haq fieldworker."||30/7/2008|
|IDF probes Palestinian boy`s death||Ali Waked -
"Naalin`s anti-fence committee told Ynet that a Border Policeman fired off a single shot towards the boy, Ahmed Hussam Mussa, from a distance of 100 feet, while the latter was sitting with his friends under an olive tree."
|Could peace break out for Israel and Syria?||Janine Zacharia -
""Peace is our strategic choice," said a Syrian government adviser, Ahmad Samir al-Taki, who spoke in Washington at the Brookings Institution last week."
|11-Year Old Shot Dead At Nil`in||ISM Media Office
According to eye witnesses a group of youths attempted to remove coils of razor wire from land belonging to the village. Without warning, they were fired upon and Ahmed was killed.||29/7/2008|
|Israel agrees to dismantle sections of the Wall near Qalqilia ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The lands belong to residents of Jayyous and Falamia villages. The new ruling is considered a partial victory to the villagers as the Wall will according to the new plan annex 400 Dunams instead of 3000. [[ Haaretz mistakenly reported on this as a victory for Bil`in, on which the Supreme Court will only convene Aug.3. Hopefully, the judges will then remember that the "security fence shouldn`t be used to enable settlement expansion". Ed]]||29/7/2008|
|Concern that Israel intends to expel residents of ‘Arab a-Ramadin al-Janubi, who are imprisoned by the Separation Barrier||B`Tselem - The villagers’ hardship results from Israel’s construction of the Separation Barrier, so Israel is obligated to find a solution for them where they live. The forcible transfer of protected persons in occupied territory is a grave breach of international law, for which the perpetrators – both those who carry out the transfer and those who gave the orders – are subject to criminal liability and prosecution before international tribunals.
|Roadblocks cripple West Bank economy ||Mel Frykberg - The Electronic Intifada - The World Bank released a report earlier in the year stating that Israel`s closure system was a leading cause for the Palestinians` economic woes and that if there was no ease on these restrictions the Palestinian economy would continue to rapidly decline despite the $7.4 billion in aid pledged at the international donors conference in Paris at the beginning of the year.
|David and Goliath revisited||DREW FORREST -
Mail & Guardian -
"In the past 16 days 220 protesters have been treated for injuries, according to a village spokesperson."||23/7/2008|
|Course correction in Iran||H.D.S. Greenway -
Boston Globe -
"Ehud Olmert, met recently with Aviam Sela, who orchestrated Operation Opera, to ask his advice about trying to do it again in Iran."||23/7/2008|
|The Israeli army erects a military check point in Bethlehem City||Rula Shahwan -
"The Israeli soldiers stopped Palestinian cars and checked the ID’s of the passengers which hindered their daily movement."||23/7/2008|
|A Brazen Evil ||Justin Raimondo -
Anti War -
"Morris simply wants to kill as many Muslims as possible, so why doesn`t he just come out and say it? After all, it isn`t like he hasn`t said it before."
|Women`s demonstration in Ni`lin ||Ma`an -
"The group will make their way to the construction site of the wall carrying banners and balloons." ||23/7/2008|
|Israel threatens West Bank village with expulsion ||The Electronic Intifada - "Testimonies given to B`Tselem indicate that the Civil Administration recently informed residents of the Palestinian village `Arab al-Ramadin al-Janubi that they will be demanded to vacate their village and move to another site, in contradiction of Israel`s explicit undertaking to the High Court of Justice. The village is an enclave situated west of the separation barrier, near the site on which the Alfe Menashe settlement was established"||21/7/2008|
|Israel Wall Debate Pt. 2||Norman Finkelstein - Al Jazeera/Znet - Will the final settlement between these two peoples be negotiated, or imposed unilaterally by Israel? ||20/7/2008|
|Israel Wall Debate Pt. 1||Norman Finkelstein - Znet/Al Jazeera - The Israeli separation wall making its way through the West Bank cuts to the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli issue
|Ni`lin demo against the wall 13-7-08 ||Israel Puterman (film)||15/7/2008|
|Lebanon’s Palestinian ghetto redesigned. ‘This is our own nakba’||Don Duncan - Le Monde Diplomatique - “`Nahr al-Bared, for us and our kids, it’s a second Palestine,` said Nael Abu Siam. `We have to return because we have everything there, everything – the memories, the births, the friends, our houses. Nahr al-Bared for us, it’s not only houses, it’s our history.`”||14/7/2008|
|No section of the wall nullified by Israeli court dismantled||B`Tselem - EI - "As of May 2008, 409 kilometers of the fence, 57 percent of the planned route, have been built, 66 kilometers (nine percent) are under construction, and construction on 248 kilometers (34 percent) has not yet begun. Upon completion of the barrier, 11.9 percent of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), will lie west of the barrier or be surrounded completely or partially by it. These areas are home to 498,000 Palestinians (222,500 in East Jerusalem) living in 92 towns and villages. The barrier de facto annexes 60 settlements (including 12 in East Jerusalem), in which 381,000 Israelis live"||14/7/2008|
|Irish FM visits Aida Refugee Camp, voices concern on Wall ||Mary Fitzgerald - The Irish Times - The first Middle East visit by Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin coincides with the fourth anniversary of an International Court of Justice ruling declaring Israel`s "Security Barrier" illegal. After viewing sections of it during a visit to Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, the visiting minister raised with his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni concerns about the barrier`s impact on Palestinian economic and social development.
|Palestinian village takes on Israeli military ||Mel Frykberg -
"The army plans to establish an Israeli military base on the expropriated land as well as continue building the barrier."||9/7/2008|
|Blair criticizes Israel’s West Bank roadblocks and Gaza blockade||Saed Bannoura -
""Without a significant lifting of such barriers in the West Bank, and a relaxation of the restrictions on humanitarian and commercial flows to the Gaza Strip ... any economic recovery will continue to be inhibited."||9/7/2008|
|Qatar, playing all sides, is a nonstop mediator||Robert F. Worth -
"There is also some anger among Arabs about the warm welcomes received by Israeli officials in Doha, where Israel also maintains a trade mission — located, as it happens, not far from a villa owned by Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas."
|MachsomWatch - Huwwara checkpoint (Nablus area), Sunday, 6.7.08, PM||Tal H. – MachsomWatch – “An incident evolves: MP Sergeant Ziv very roughly instructs a taxi driver and his 3 passengers to get out, raise hands etc. When the driver answers him bitterly, the sergeant gets extremely aggressive and begins to threaten him, sounding increasingly vehement: ‘Get out of my face!’ The driver: ‘Don`t speak to me like this; I`m old enough to be your father!’ Sergeant Ziv: `I`ll knock your face in’, ‘Shut up already!’ The driver repeats: ‘Don`t speak to me like this.’ That is all the sergeant needed to hear, he`s ready to hit the roof”
|Israeli military further blocks main access road in South Hebron Hills||CPT - "Initially a bulldozer massed a 4ft mound on the At-Tuwani village side of the road, using cement blocks, boulders and dirt. The Israeli army also ripped cement from the road itself, damaging it significantly. The army then removed the roadblock, leaving the road damaged, and erected another roadblock on the opposite side of Route 317. The army told international observers present that they had made a mistake"||7/7/2008|
|Ni’lin steps up the struggle: Israeli army injures 10 protesters||IMEMC Staff -
"Tear gas even permeated inside the medical clinic, further threatening the health of those that had been brought there for treatment from the demonstration."
|Anti-Iran Arguments Belie Fearmongering ||Gareth Porter -
Anti War -
"The new arguments contradict Israel`s official argument that it faces an "existential threat" from an Islamic extremist Iranian regime determined to get nuclear weapons." ||1/7/2008|
|Pentagon Official Warns of Israeli Attack on Iran - U.S. Offical Sees Two `Red Lines` That Could Prompt Strike||JONATHAN KARL -
ABC News -
"Pentagon officials believe the massive Israeli air force exercise in early June, first reported by the New York Times, was done to prepare for a possible attack."||1/7/2008|
|New war brewing: U.S., Israel take dangerous steps||Eric Margolis - The Toronto Sun - The U.S., Israel and Iran are playing a very dangerous game of chicken that soon could result in a new Mideast war. ||6/7/2008|
|From Dylan to Iran: talking World War III blues||James Abourezk - Counterpunch - When I was in the U.S. Senate, the CIA once held a briefing for those of us interested in Israel’s nuclear weapons program. ... in the 1970s we were told by the CIA that Israel had some 20 nuclear warheads. Israel had developed its nuclear weapons program with the help of Apartheid South Africa, back then the only country that would allow Israel to conduct nuclear testing.
|It`s the Oil, stupid!|| Noam Chomsky - Khaleej Times - "The deal just taking shape between Iraq`s Oil Ministry and four Western oil companies raises critical questions about the nature of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq"||12/7/2008|
|Seven injured at anti-wall protest in Ni`lin ||ISM/Ma`an - Protesters arrived at a gully by the construction site and soldiers fired tear gas from the mountain side, igniting several fires. International and Israeli activists blocked soldiers from arresting Palestinians. Protesters attempted to extinguish the growing fires, but were prevented by more heavy shooting of tear gas. While the soldiers were busy with this group, other protesters succeeded in arriving at the construction site by another route - to which the soldiers reacted furiously when they noticed. ||18/7/2008|
|Arab Israeli students upset over treatment||Shabtai Gold -
The National -
"...activists expressed anger yesterday after authorities announced that student union elections would be “supervised” by police."
|in praise of bribery ||By Aya Kaniuk, transl. by Tal Haran. On "bad" soldiers, of the "Kefir" brigade who were arrested last week, suspected of having allowed Palestinians through a checkpoint in return for a bribe received. Link to mahsanmilim.com - Reports from the West Bank
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