This week …

News Highlights:

  • May 15th – Israeli legislators and civil rights groups criticize High Court backing for Israeli law that bans family unification for Palestinians married to Israeli citizens.
  • May 14th – two int’l peace activists shot by Israeli military leave hospital; they are considering suing the Israeli military, after being shot in the head with rubber bullets.
  • Israeli bank says it is severing ties with Palestinian banks, after discussions with Israeli Finance Ministry.
  • Lebanon and Palestinian officials embark on talks to improve conditions in the refugee camps; Beirut office of the Palestine Liberation Organization reopened May 15th.


An in studio interview with Sobhi Al Zubaidi, a Palestinian filmmaker from Ramallah recently arrived in Vancouver. Sobhi is in Vancouver doing graduate research and spoke about his films, including the Caged Bird’s Song, which was shown in Vancouver in November, 2004. He also talked about the situation in Palestine and how people are coping with daily life, as well as the state of Palestinian film and culture.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of the May 16th, 2006 Amnesty International release criticizing the Israeli High Court decision to uphold the law denying family rights on the basis of ethnicity or national origin.

Here is an audio file of this show: