This week …

News Highlights:

  • The first violation of the Gaza ceasefire occurs when Israeli troops wound a 68-year-old Palestinian farmer in northern Gaza on June 23rd, 2008.
  • Gaza truce remains shaky, as Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians in the West Bank and Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza respond by sending rockets into Israel.
  • International donors to the Ramallah-based Palestinian police and security forces meet in Berlin, amid U.S. pressure to maintain the isolation of Hamas.
  • 5 Palestinian civilians injured in an anti-separation wall protest in Nilin near Ramallah; Nilin will lose 2500 dunums of land and be completely separated from the West Bank.


A live interview from Australia with Harmeet Sooden, an activist with the International Solidarity Movement who was recently deported from Israel. Harmeet explained how he got involved with Palestinian support work and made his first trip to the occupied territories a few years ago. He tried to return earlier this month and was detained by Israeli authorities, roughed up and eventually deported. Harmeet was also one of the 4 Christian Peacemaker Team members kidnapped in Iraq in November 2005 and he talked about that experience and commented on how the media responded differently. He concluded by calling on people to become informed and pressure their own governments to sanction Israel’s human rights violations.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a June 23rd, 2008 article from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz about a Palestinian Israeli woman who wants to celebrate her 60th birthday by being able to visit the grave of her father. She has never been able to visit it because there is an Israeli military base on the ruins of her family’s village near Nazareth.

Here is an audio file of this show: