[News] Israeli forces tighten restrictions at checkpoints
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Tue Dec 26 13:38:57 EST 2006
Israeli PM said he would remove some West Bank checkpoints, but
Palestinians still forced to undress
(Nablus) Palestine News Network
Tuesday, 26 December 2006
The Central Committee of the Popular Struggle Front in Nablus is
calling for Israeli forces to remove all roadblocks and checkpoints
within the West Bank. The Front issued its call on Tuesday in
response to the Israeli Prime Minister making a public declaration
that he would "remove some barriers" after President Abbas met with
the Israeli PM.
However, as the Popular Struggle Front has pointed out, since that
time just days ago Israeli forces have instead tightened restrictions
at checkpoints. "The occupation alleged relief, but the contrary is
the actuality with nothing having been done to mitigate these barriers."
Huwara Checkpoint in southern Nablus now has additional gates and
concrete blocks, as does the Beit Fourik Village checkpoint, with
identification, political affiliation, and age restrictions
increasing. "Israeli occupation forces have frequently equivocated on
the subject of barriers and have tired to distort the facts as to
what is actually happening on the ground, but any observer who is
here can see for himself what the reality is."
The Popular Struggle Front also said that no delay in removing the
checkpoints is acceptable as "they are a source of daily humiliation,
especially in the winter at Huwara and Beit Fourik checkpoints where
people are being forced to undress in the cold under the pretext of
inspection, security concerns, or other justifications of the
occupation which have no basis in truth. Hundreds of Palestinians are
detained for hours on end at the entrances to Nablus and the villages
and towns around the city."
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