by: Feras SSA, ISM Allenby Bridge a strange and unknown name for a lot of people around the world but for Palestinians it is a well known name. It is the name of the bridge which connects the West Bank with the outside world. It is located between Palestine and Jordan on the Jordan River. The important thing is that it is the only road that we know to travel outside Palestine from the West Bank side. But what are the Violations behind This Bridge? Only few kilometers between Palestine and Jordan need 10 hours at least to be crossed.
From the farmland turned minefileds of the north, to the segregation system that would rival the south African apartheid in the south, there are surely few countries in the world with more reason to feel suffocation, anger and despair. At every turn the illegal Israeli occupation quashes any hope of leading a quiet life.
Nearly 200 Palestinian and international activists defied the Beit Furik checkpoint in Nablus today to resist the closure of the checkpoints for the Jewish Pesacht holiday and to commemorate land day. A procession marched toward the checkpoint chanting slogans against the closure and Israel's apartheid restrictions on movement.
by John, December 14thfrom www.palsolidarity.org Today we had a trip down the Jo
Hamra checkpoint is used by many people from Tubas who try to access their land or visit family in the Jordan Valley. Like Tayasir checkpoint further north passage through is being made harder and harder in the Israeli attempt to seal off the valley completely to Palestinians living in the rest of the West Bank. These checkpoints are being expanded to resemble the terminals.
Thousands of Palestinians were detained at Qalandiya checkpoint yesterday as they tried to reach Al-Aqsa mosque to pray. Yesterday was the final Friday of Ramadan and an estimated 500 000 muslims were expected to attempt to gather in Jerusalem. At Qalandiya checkpoint, the main crossing between Jerusalem and the rest of occupied Palestine, many Palestinans were turned away or faced long delays.
I passed through Qalandiya checkpoint today on the way back to Hebron. As the bus reached the Ramallah side of the terminal the passengers got out and walked towards the pedestrian gates. When I had passed turnstiles I saw that around fifty people were waiting at the checkpoint.