This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians, including a 70-year-old man, in Nablus.
  • U.N. official, John Dugard, says the UN should pull out of the Quartet if the group doesn’t start to take Palestinian human rights seriously; this is the second high-ranking UN official to take this position.
  • Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmer as the olive harvest begins near Nablus.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice plays down any possible breakthrough ahead of the U.S. sponsored summit after meeting with Israeli leaders; Israeli PM Olmert refuses to set any clear timetable.
  • Israel launches campaign to try to boost sagging immigration and encourage the Israelis living abroad to return with economic incentives.

Feature:

An interview with American activist and author Lenni Brenner about the new petition campaign calling on the U.S. government to stop selling weapons to both Israel and Saudi Arabia. Brenner pointed out that U.S. policy in the Middle East has always relied on supporting anti-egalitarian and usually religious regimes, with disastrous consequences. He detailed the discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia and Israel, as well as discussing Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians. This new weapons deal involves $50 billion over 10 years and Brenner called on people to support the petition by contacting him at BrennerL21@aol.com

Focus on Zionism:

Due to the length of the feature, Focus was not carried. Also, this show highlighted Coop Radio’s fall fund raising marathon, which people can contribute to at www.coopradio.org.

Here is an audio file of this show: