This week …

News Highlights:

  • Hamas and Fateh hold crisis talks over the national reconciliation document drawn up by leaders held prisoner in Israeli jails; Mahmoud Abbas says he will call a referendum on the proposal by the weekend if no agreement is reached.
  • Israeli air strike kills two Palestinians, and wounds four others; Palestinian militants fire Qassam rockets in response.
  • Israeli soldiers at checkpoints in the West Bank are harassing female relatives of Palestinians “wanted” by the Israeli military.
  • 73 year old Palestinian farmer attacked by settlers returns home from hospital, but still cannot walk normally.


The feature was a special Eyewitness Palestine, with two reports, one excerpts of an article in Haaretz by Gideon Levy about the international boycott campaign against Israeli institutions, and the other a report by the International Solidarity Movement about the planned deportation by Israel of an American piano tuner who had come to volunteer his skills to Palestinians in the occupied territories and thereby make life “a little more bearable for people”.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a June 5th, 2006 article from the Israeli Haaretz newspaper about the lack of any progress in charging a gang of youths following an attack on two Arab Israelis that sent both to hospital and left one still needing further surgery.

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