This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli soldiers invade the Palestinian village of Bilin and make more
    arrests, as well as using civilians as “human shields”.
  • Oct. 30th, Israeli army invades town of Qabatia, and assassinates two
    Palestinians, and injures others; Palestinian Authority denounces the
    actions as “state terrorism”.
  • Israeli cabinet approves deploying EU personnel at the Rafah border
    crossing, but with conditions.
  • Member of Israeli Knesset, Elizar Cohen, submits bill to annex parts of the
    West Bank to Israel, primarily the large settlement blocs.
  • Oct. 30th – U.N. official says poverty will afflict 62% of Palestinians in the
    West Bank and Gaza by 2008, adds that repercussions of apartheid wall are
    enormous; Ariel Sharon tells Knesset that construction of wall will continue
    without any budgetary restraints.


A live interview with Jamie Boucher, a member of Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights at U.B.C. He talked about the group’s recent letter regarding
a disturbing bias that has developed in the student newspaper, the Ubyssey.
SPHR did an exhaustive survey of articles in the paper and showed that over
the last two years, the coverage had been one-sided and biased towards
Israel. The Ubyssey has so far refused to print the group’s letter with the
accompanying survey. There was also discussion of the larger context on
Canadian university campuses and the aggressive Zionist campaign to try and
counteract growing pro-Palestinian support.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of an Oct. 30th, 2005 article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz about
a new Israeli checkpoint that will effectively sever the West Bank south of

Here is an audio file of this show: