This week …

News Highlights

  • Feb. 19th – Palestinian was shot in the chest while at home during Israel’s latest assault on the Balata refugee camp near Nablus; ambulances being blocked from doing medical emergency work and all entrances to the camp are closed.
  • Palestinian president meets with new prime minister designate Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza.
  • Hamas is still trying to put together a coalition unity government.
  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter cautions U.S. and Israel against “punishing the Palestinian people; says it will be counterproductive and devastating.
  • Head of the Arab League says the Arab countries must have a plan to send money to the Palestinians; meanwhile Condoleeza Rice warns Arab governments to not fund the PA.
  • Anglican leaders explain why they supported disinvestment from Caterpillar, and say their pro-Israeli critics are engaging in moral blackmail.


An instudio discussion examined the recent developments both internationally and on the Palestinian scene following the January 25th Palestinian legislative elections. The panel first pointed out how the concept of any kind of democratic process under occupation is misleading and false. There was then analysis on the new Hamas-led government and what could be expected, as well as the international response.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of an article by Israeli journalist Amira Hass, carried in the February 17th, 2006 Palestine Chronicle, about how Israel is now forcing Palestinians with permits to use separate roads when entering Israel from the West Bank.

Here is an audio file of this show: