This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israel releases 29 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza, a day after releasing 57 from the West Bank; Israeli soldiers shoot and wound a teen and a Reuters photographer when they fire at the crowd waiting to greet the released detainees.
  • New report shows that Israel has changed the route of its apartheid wall to annex even more Palestinian land, especially in the Dead Sea area.
  • Palestinian resistance groups criticize Mahmoud Abbas’ meetings with Israeli leaders after Israel kills 12 Palestinians in 24 hours.
  • 72% of Israelis support the use of nuclear weapons in certain circumstances according to a new poll; the same number say Israel should not participate in disarmament treaties.

Feature:

An interview with Mustafa Habib, the coordinator for Marcel Khalife’s North American concert tour. Marcel is the well-known progressive Lebanese singer, who often puts the poems of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darweesh to music. Mustafa talked about Marcel’s music, how he was recently honoured as the UNESCO Artist for Peace, and also how reactionary forces in the Arab world have tried to harass and delegitimize him. Marcel is in Vancouver on Oct. 6th and Voice of Palestine drew two free tickets to his concert at the end of the show.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of an Oct. 1st, 2007 Haaretz article about an official complaint by a Palestinian Israeli member of Knesset regarding the humiliating treatment at Israel’s airport based solely on ethnicity.