This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli PM Ehud Olmert gets mixed and sceptical reaction from Palestinians with his Nov. 27th speech outlining his vision for a future settlement; Palestinian leaders call for real action, not just words.
  • Some Palestinian groups say “ceasefire” must include the occupied West Bank, not just Gaza.
  • Israeli military kills two Palestinians near Jenin, including an older woman, and in response Palestinian fighters fire two rockets towards Israel.
  • U.S. president will arrive in Jordan on Nov. 29th for two days of talks with King Abdullah and Iraqi PM; Condoleeza Rice will also hold meetings regarding Palestine/Israel negotiations.

Feature:

The feature was an instudio discussion about all the latest developments in Palestine, both on the ground and recent diplomatic manoeuvres. The panel talked about the new “ceasefire” and Ehud Olmert’s “new proposals”, all in the context of the ongoing siege on Gaza and continuing Israeli attacks in the West Bank. There was also discussion of the latest American diplomatic moves, including the visits of Dick Cheney and George Bush to the region and the connections between all of this. Finally the panel covered the increasingly pro-Israeli position of the Canadian government and their support for Israeli war crimes.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a Nov. 28th, 2006 report from the Christian Peacemaker Team about the Israeli military’s harassment of the Palestinian mayor of Beit Ummar near Hebron.