Kim Lamberty is not entirely a random target, I think. She's writes regular dispatches for CPTnet which circualtes among certain Christian groups. It's also interesting to note that there's virtually no coverage of this in American mainstream media.
September 7, 2004
by Kim Lamberty
Lockdown is a term used in U.S. jails when prison staff lock
inmates in their cells so they cannot walk around the common areas or go
outside. Sometimes prison officials use lockdowns to get an accurate count
on the prisoners; other times it is punishment imposed after some kind of
Hebron is in lockdown. The recent Palestinian suicide bombing attacks in
Beer Sheva perpetrated by men who lived in Hebron were the "incident." The
Israeli army had previously blocked most of the roads in and out of Hebron,
but now they finished the job. They have locked us down.
The Israeli occupation becomes more harsh every day. Currently 32% of
registered Palestinian refugees live in camps. Refugees make up 32.6% of
the population of the West Bank. Over 60% of Palestinians live on less than
$2.15 per day, the official poverty level here. Ninety-eight Israeli army
check points and ninety-nine road blocks control the movements of West Bank
Palestinians Fifty percent of the total land mass of the West Bank is under
the control of Israeli settlers, who confiscated it from Palestinians.
Before the "incident" Palestinians could get out of Hebron by taking a
cab to a roadblock, then climbing over the pile of rocks and dirt, then
catching another cab waiting on the other side. We have to repeat this two,
sometimes three, times to get to Jerusalem. Returning from Jerusalem this
past Sunday, we found that the army had put up yet another barrier: barbed
wire. We took a cab to the roadblock, climbed over it, then took a cab to
the barbed wire, then walked around three sets of coiled barbed wire in the
road about a half block apart. Then we caught another cab. The soldiers do
not stop this, for they have accomplished their goal: collective punishment.
The whole town is being punished for the action of two
residents. Detentions of Palestinian men at checkpoints in Hebron have
picked up noticeably since the suicide bombing. Recently, we witnessed
Israeli border police parading a line of about thirty-five young Palestinian
men toward the checkpoint nearest our apartments. The police made them
squat in a line for an hour. When someone asked the officer in charge why
the men were detained, his reply was, "because I want to."
The violence of the jailer is well-known but rarely punished, while the
violence of the inmate results in severe punishment for the whole
population. The only difference is that most people here never committed a
crime. They landed in this jail due to geography, international politics,
ethnic origin, religion, and bad luck.