By Judith Keshet
This can be a serious exploration of Israel's curfew-closure coverage within the Occupied Palestinian Territories throughout the eyes of CheckpointWatch, a firm of Israeli ladies tracking human rights abuses. It combines observers' stories from checkpoints and alongside the Separation Wall, with details and research of the paperwork aiding the continuing profession. It significantly experiences CheckpointWatch's transformation from a feminist, radical protest stream and analyzes Israeli media illustration of the association and of human rights activism usually.
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There is a profound difference between urban demonstrations and being active on the ground in the dangerous ﬁeld of the West Bank. Yet women rallied to the call and membership continued to increase, expanding within weeks of our sunrise foray from ﬁve to thirty, and by December 2004 to over 500 women. Much of the recruitment has been by word of mouth, while media coverage, which has been considerable, has always resulted in new volunteers. New members are not asked for political or feminist credentials.
Soldiers prevented her from reaching hospital and she gave birth in great suffering to one son who died immediately. Her family beseeched the soldiers to allow her to get to hospital but the second [son] also died at the checkpoint. At exactly that time my daughterin-law gave birth … to my grandsons who are a source of great joy to me … I can’t forget those [other] boys … whose grandmother cannot hug them … If I had been there at that checkpoint, perhaps it would have ended differently. (Daniella Yoel, university librarian, Jerusalem, personal communication) Is it because of my past as a young child in Holland, now sixty years ago … hidden to escape extermination camps?
Nor are there concessions to the needs of the chronically sick: Y, who is disabled, requires frequent treatment in Bethlehem which is outside his residential area. His request for a blockade permit to move between his home and Bethlehem has been serially rejected allegedly on security grounds. With the help of CheckpointWatchers, whom he encountered at the IDCL, he was granted a permit for internal travel in the West Bank but for one day only. In desperation, he subsequently set out without a permit, was stopped at a checkpoint and as a punishment made to stand for an hour by his car, supported by his crutches (CPW Report, 5 February 2004).
Checkpoint Watch: Testimonies from Occupied Palestine by Judith Keshet