This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli group Peace Now says the Israeli interior ministry has plans to expand the Maale Adumim settlement, adding another 6000 settler units.
  • 17-year-old Palestinian teen shot by Jewish settler while working with his family in the fields; the bullet entered his back and exited through his chest.
  • 37 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces during anti-wall protests that were also commemorating Basem Abu Rahme, killed recently by the Israeli military in Bilin.
  • Some Palestinian officials, including the son of Mahmoud Abbas, profit from shares in the Palestine Electric Co. in Gaza, despite 1.5 million Gazans facing huge electricity shortages; this is because of a previous agreement with the Palestinian Authority that guarantees profits no matter the circumstances.

Feature:

An interview direct from Gaza City with Dr. Haidar Ed, a university professor and one of the founders of the One Democratic State Group. Dr. Eid updated us on the daily living conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and explained how conditions were still horrific. He also emphasized that aid is not getting through due to the Israeli and Egyptian blockade and that reconstruction is being hampered. Dr. Eid, who is also a member of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (www.pacbi.org), talked about the increasing effectiveness of the global boycott Israel movement and the impact it is having.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of the April 23rd, 2009 press release from the National Lawyers Guild in the U.S., calling on the U.S. government to support the U.N. investigation into Israel’s recent offensive on Gaza.