This week …

News Highlights:

  • Feb. 13th – Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian woman next to her home in Gaza; second Palestinian civilian killed near the border area in less than two weeks.
  • Palestinian teen shot in the face by an Israeli soldier while on his school bus near Bethlehem.
  • U.S. and Israel discussing ways to destabilize new Palestinian gov’t, N.Y. Times reports.
  • Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says Israel has effectively annexed the Jordan Valley, with a system of permits and checkpoints that keeps most Palestinians out.
  • Russia and France back talks with Hamas to discuss aid to the Palestinian Authority.
  • Feb. 10th – Israel is digging up hundreds of skeletons in a centuries-old Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem to build a “Museum of Tolerance” for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.


A live interview with Tania Tabar from Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights SPHR at Concordia University, about their Israeli Apartheid Week event. Tania explained how the Concordia administration arbitrarily forced the group to change their venue at the last minute, from the Samuel Bronfman Building to another place on campus. She talked about the questions SPHR raised to the University President, specifically if there was external intervention in the decision, and why it was made at the last minute. Part of an article by Ron Saba in the Montreal Planet was also read, where he highlighted the moving photo memorial to the forgotten Palestinian children that opened the week of events at Concordia and McGill universities.

Focus on Zionism:

Part of a Feb. 14/06 Haaretz article detailing how, in a debate over an amendment to Israel’s Citizenship Law, Justice Mishael Cheshin said Israeli citizens who marry Palestinians should go live in Jenin. The amendment to the law, which was being challenged by human rights groups, will forbid the granting of Israeli citizenship to Palestinians married to Israelis.

Here is an audio file of this show: