This week …

News Highlights:

  • 2000 Palestinian children hold a march on May 31st in Rafah, calling for international protection.
  • May 31st, Israel razes 20 more houses in Rafah; the newly homeless join the hundreds of others already living in tents and schools.
  • Amnesty International charges Israel with war crimes for the destruction of homes in Gaza and the West Bank.
  • Israel arrests a British journalist for interviewing Mordechai Vanunu, the anti-nuclear activist who was recently released from 18 years in an Israeli jail.
  • Israeli security conducts a body and property search of Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, at whose church Vanunu is staying
    Israeli minister Avigdor Lieberman calls for exiling Israeli Arabs deemed disloyal.


An interview with Melissa, from the International Solidarity Movement – Vancouver, about her experiences in Rafah and about an upcoming project in Palestine. Melissa was in Rafah in the fall of 2003 and spoke about the devastation going on now. She also talked about a new ISM project, Freedom Summer Palestine 2004, happening from June 25th – August 19th this year. International supporters from all over the world will be coming to join Palestinians in national actions to challenge the occupation and mobilize for justice and freedom

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a new report released by the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel, about the increasing racism and violence against Palestinians in Israel. The group called for the enforcement of existing laws against the racist comments by Israeli public figures, including cabinet ministers Avigdor Lieberman, Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzachi Hanegbi.