This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli PM Ehud Olmert to be indicted in a corruption investigation, as his deputy and possible successor Shaul Mofaz is accused of war crimes by an Israeli law professor.
  • Coalition of Palestinian and international NGOs calls the water shortage in the West Bank a “humanitarian crisis”.
  • Over a million Palestinian students return to school, but facing severe problems as many schools operate 2 shifts a day, and some students stay home due to economic hardships.

Feature:

A live interview from Palestine with British author Amelia Thomas, about her new book, A Zoo on the Road to Nablus. Amelia talked about her book, which tells the true story of the only Palestinian zoo in Qalqilya in the West Bank, a city totally surrounded on 3 sides by the apartheid wall. She also explained about her other experiences in the occupied territories, and the difficulties with traveling due to the checkpoints and other restrictions. She encouraged listeners to support the Palestinian people in concrete ways, particularly through grassroots projects that directly assist Palestinians.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of a September 9th 2008 Haaretz article about how an African American performer was twice forced to perform dance steps by Israeli airport security to prove his identity, because he had a Muslim name.