Israel relaxes some checkpoints. But some are removed, then reinstated

Israel/Palestine
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Yesterday Assaf Oron expressed skepticism about reports that Israel has eased movement in the West Bank by lifting checkpoints. Today Oron offers "some additional information confirming my suspicions, from Micheala, a Machsom-Watch activist (translated from Hebrew)":

In general the situation is still quite fluid and it is hard to see an overall picture. What we can say so far: in Southern West Bank, no improvement. No
checkpoint or roadblock removal, and no change in inspection
procedures.
Same for Greater Jerusalem [this was hinted in the Haaretz article too - Assaf].
So most of the alleviation is in the Northern West Bank. Usually, the
physical checkpoint is still there, the soldiers are around but hidden
from sight and do not actively stand at the checkpoint (CP).
The
presence of soldiers continues to convey who is the boss on the ground.
Occasionallly they resume inspections. This is what we've heard from
Atatra/Bei-Zeit CP north of Ramallah, where since its "removal" it has
been re-instated at least 3 times.

The Beit Furik CP, "dismantled" according to the article: all
vehicles are actually inspected. The change is that now people can use
their vehicles to go through into Nablus; before they could not. This
CP is completely blocked at night.

We get the same reports of occasional inspections from other CP's as well. And
sometimes (e.g., around Beit Iba) a *new* CP appears, without being
reported in the media of course, instead of the one whose removal was
trumpeted.

Bottom line: Palestinians report there is some relaxation [in terms
of CP suffocation - Assaf], but only time will tell how stable and
meaningful it is.

Oron adds: we've seen this
ebb and flow of "CP removal" before a few times. And always the removal
is far more reported than the re-instatement.

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  1. Richard Witty
    June 28, 2009, 6:11 pm

    "Bottom line: Palestinians report there is some relaxation [in terms of CP suffocation - Assaf], but only time will tell how stable and meaningful it is." That deserves celebration and praise, not only suspicion.

  2. Strahl
    June 28, 2009, 6:47 pm

    No it doesn't. It's not sincere. And the entire Occupation is an illegal enterprise – which includes the check points, settlements, etc. The slaves have had some of their shackles taken off – should they be happy? No. They should be relieved partially. But celebrate? Praise? Typical imperialist. You fit the model perfectly Witty. White, (no doubt) middle class, conservative, yuppie Jew.

  3. Colin_Murray
    June 28, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Apparently now that sham negotiations are no longer feasible, colonial-Zionists have come up with a new schtick to distract the simpleminded. Next time they trumpet a reduction in harassment of Palestinians at internal checkpoints within the Occupied Palestinian Territories, they ought to try to avoid a contemporaneous massive increase in colonization. Are they really so arrogant as to think other people too stupid to notice? Our President is Barack Obama, not Al Bundy. They are not even remotely fooling him.

      It's the colonies, stupid. It's the colonies, stupid. It's the colonies, stupid.

    (not directed at any individual, and with attribution to James Carville)

  4. Bekah Stone
    June 28, 2009, 7:27 pm

    I read about the easing of checkpoints on Thursday, and yesterday a friend and I were stopped for 3+ hours at a checkpoint outside of Ramallah while coming back from Jericho. A drive that usually take 1 hour took around 5 hours. I can't cite any articles about this, just good 'ol personal experience.

  5. Citizen
    June 28, 2009, 9:30 pm

    Also, never served in the US military, but would feel good about his son serving as voluntary enlisted man in the IDF. In other words, don't join my local police or fire department even though they protect me, that's for goys, but do serve in the IDF, that protects my people–you can join any branch of the Israeli team.

  6. Citizen
    June 28, 2009, 9:36 pm

    No they don't fool him,but he still has to worry about zionist moneybags support and media help. Everybody since Ike has had to worry about that–Ike was so powerful ( a German American who killed thousands of Germans after the war )he didn't have to do a Truman. Nobody else has been so lucky in key timing.

  7. Jon
    June 29, 2009, 3:57 am

    An interesting post. However, on the question of giving weight to the views of an Israeli jew vs a Diaspora jew re: the I/P conflict, I think, for the most part the Israeli view will be more influential for the reason that they are living in the country and can report what's happening there in a more informed, and detailed manner. If a drive to the West-Bank from your home in Jerusalem is only 20 minutes, you can obviously report what's happening in a much more informed way then an American reading a second or third hand account from a blog. Where a jewish voice in the diaspora does carry more weight is on the question of the Obama administration's view on the I/P conflict, for again, the very reason that you live in the US, and more ready access to what the administration thinks on a particular issue. For this very reason, writers like Shavit are so out of their depth in their criticisms of Obama.

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