This week …

News Highlights:

  • The summit between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ariel Sharon is postponed again; Palestinians say they need more than just general promises.
  • Oct. 10th – Israeli army shot dead three Palestinians workers at a border crossing.
  • Oct. 8th – Israeli forces arrest seven Palestinian teens near Bethlehem; meanwhile Hamas and Fateh meet to solve ongoing conflict.
  • Oct. 5th – Abbas may delay Palestinian legislative elections, set for January 2006; Hamas and some Fateh members oppose the delay.


A live interview with Professor Asad Abukhalil from San Francisco, who is invited to speak in Vancouver on Oct. 15th 2005 at the second annual fundraiser for the Palestine Center. Asad talked about the current situation in Palestine and the Arab world at large, and highlighted the futility of American policy in the region. He also criticized the role of the Arab regimes, especially Saudi Arabia, and detailed their control of the Arab media.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts from an article in today’s Haaretz explaining how Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz will ask the High Court to reconsider its ban on the army’s use of Palestinians as “human shields”, a practice the Israeli army justifies and calls an “early warning procedure”.