This week …

News Highlights:

  • U.N. leader warns Israel that its decision to declare all of Gaza as an “enemy entity” and cut off vital utility supplies violates international law; the Israeli move is backed by the U.S. and was announced just hours following a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rice.
  • Palestinian prisoners group says Israel has kidnapped nearly 3500 Palestinians since recent talks started with the appointed Palestinian Ramallah government.
  • Israeli court delays ruling on whether the Jewish National Fund should be obligated to end its discriminatory practices of not selling land to non-Jews.
  • Prominent Palestinian secular leader, Dr. Haidar Abdul Shafi, dies in a Gaza hospital at age 88 after a long battle with cancer.

Feature:

An Eyewitness Palestine, Eyewitness Gaza, with two reports about the deteriorating situation in Gaza and the latest Israeli move to punish the civilian population there in even more oppressive ways. Amnesty International issued a press release on Sept. 21st, 2007, criticizing the Israeli government decision to tighten the blockade on Gaza and termed it “collective punishment”, illegal under international law. The second report was by Palestinian American Saree Makdisi, entitled “The war on Gaza’s children”.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of a report from the International Middle East Media Center, “A bankrupt Ramadan in Gaza”, detailing some of the difficulties ordinary Gazans were facing during the Moslem holiday season.