This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israel announces it will build more settlement housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank; this brings to nearly 8000 the number of new settlement units approved for construction since the Annapolis talks last November.
  • Israel and Hamas agree to a six-month truce, to start on June 19, brokered by Egypt; Israeli airstrikes have killed 20 Palestinians in Gaza in the last week alone.
  • June 16th – Israeli military invades Bethlehem, injuring an elderly woman and a teenager.
  • Reuters is pressing the Israeli military for answers as to why a Reuters cameraman and eight other Palestinian civilians were killed on a road in Gaza by “flechette darts” fired by an Israeli tank.


A live interview with Omar Shaban, the new VP for the West for the Canadian Arab Federation ( Omar detailed the workshops held at CAF’s recent convention and AGM that included an emphasis on the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, as well as media action and Canada’s policies towards Arab refugees. Omar, who was at the Toronto convention representing Canada Palestine Association in Vancouver, also explained how the participants wanted to increase the involvement of Arab Canadian youth.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a June 13th, 2008 human rights report from the Int’l. Womens Peace Service IWPS about Israeli military attacks on the village of Izbat al Tabib, apparently in order to clear the village for a new settler-only road.

Here is an audio file of this show: