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UPDATE FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
12 September 2005
Multimedia PHOTOSTORY: THE KALANDIA TERMINAL M. El Fassed-Vermeer, The Electronic Intifada, 11 September 2005
Kalandia checkpoint is one of the largest Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. This checkpoint is not located on a border, but between the Palestinian town Ramallah, Kalandia refugee camp, and the Palestinian town of ar-Ram. It separates Ramallah residents from southern Palestinian towns and the northern Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers check identity cards. The new apartheid-like terminal system Israel currently constructs will be introduced first in the Jenin area. The plan is to implement the new system in the entire West Bank gradually, starting from the north and going southwards.
Human Rights ISRAELI WAR CRIMES SUSPECT EVADES BRITISH JUSTICE AFTER UK COURT ISSUES WARRANT Report, PCHR, 9 September 2005
An Israeli war crimes suspect today turned tail to avoid arrest by British police officers under an arrest warrant issued by Bow Street Magistrates‚ Court. Major General (retired) Doron Almog today spent some time ‘airside’ at Heathrow airport before taking a return flight to Israel. He had learned that he was facing arrest by British police after a decision on 10th September 2005 by Chief London Magistrate Timothy Workman to issue a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of committing a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949. The alleged offence was committed as part of Israel’s belligerent occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Diaries REFLECTIONS: LEAVING LAS VEGAS, I MEAN ISRAEL, BUT ACTUALLY PALESTINE Zachary Wales, Live from Palestine, 9 September 2005
In my experience, the transition from the West Bank to Israel has never been pleasant. It is the act of voluntarily leaving a society where nearly everyone is outgoing and hospitable, then entering one where most people are paranoid, judgmental and usually armed. I was therefore grateful to notice that my driver extended the former qualities, as he pointed to the Palestinian villages we passed along the fringe of the West Bank. “Shoof!” (”Look!”) Beit Hanina hone (”here”),”? he said, pointing to the West, “Ou (”and”) Beit Hanina hunak (”there”),” now pointing to the East. Still smiling, he motioned ahead naming villages we would pass along the way, “Biddu, Beit A’nan, Beit Leqia ou Bil’in”.
Development UN AGENCY SEES OPPORTUNITY AFTER GAZA WITHDRAWAL Report, UN News, 8 September 2005
Following Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, the head of the main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees said today that her main focus was on creating jobs, micro-financing and housing reconstruction so that the inhabitants themselves would benefit from the pullback. In that effort, Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said the Agency will work within the framework of James Wolfensohn, the envoy of the Middle East Quartet for coordinating Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and the economic and social transition there.
Activism News ISRAEL’S “DISENGAGEMENT”: THE DAY AFTER Report, PNGO, 8 September 2005
The Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) would like to stress the fact that Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip and parts of the Northern West Bank, although welcome and long overdue in terms of the implementation of international law, does not constitute an end to Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian land. After implementation of the disengagement plan, Israel remains in charge, partially or completely, of border crossings and thereby continues to control the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza. PNGO would like to emphasize its belief that the unilateral Israeli disengagement, in and of itself, will not create an opportunity for peace between Palestinians and Israelis but rather preclude the attainment of a fair and durable regional peace for the foreseeable future.
Human Rights PALESTINIAN GUNMEN KILL GAZA SECURITY CHIEF AND KIDNAP HIS SON Report, PCHR, 7 September 2005
Dozens of Palestinian gunmen raided the house of Major General Mousa Arafat, the military advisor to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and former commander of the military intelligence. They exchanged fire with guards. Three of them were injured and others were handcuffed by the gunmen. They took Arafat out of the house and shot him from close range in his head. They carried him towards the main streeet and fired several times. The gunmen also kidnapped Arafat’s son, Manhal, an officer of the military intelligence. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns this crime and remains gravely concerned at the internal security situation.
Development JAPAN CONTRIBUTES $5.5 MILLION TO REHABILITATE REFUGEE SHELTERS Report, UNRWA, 7 September 2005
Today, the Government of Japan announced a generous donation of US$ 5.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agenc y for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in support of its work in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s disengagement. This donation is part of a US$ 100 million package announced by the Japanese Government in May 2005. It will enable UNRWA to reconstruct 333 dilapidated or unsafe dwellings belonging to the most destitute refugee families living in the eight refugee camps across the Gaza Strip. Refugees constitute approximately 70 percent of the estimated 1.4 million population of the Gaza Strip.
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