This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli peace activists protest the Israeli military’s killing of a non-violent Palestinian protestor in Bilin.
  • Hundreds of Palestinians face the demolition of their homes and livelihood in Hebron/Alkhalil, to allow for settlement expansion and infrastructure.
  • Palestinian NGOs say Arab and Palestinian diplomats buckled to U.S. pressure to keep Palestine off the agenda at the Durban conference.

Feature:

A live interview from Palestine with Abdullah Abu Rahma from the village of Bilin in the occupied West Bank. Bilin has been in the forefront of Palestinian protests against the apartheid wall and stages weekly non-violent rallies to call attention to the theft of Palestinian land. Abu Rahme talked about the rallies and explained how one of the organizers had been killed on April 17th by the Israeli military, the 18th person to be killed by Israeli forces during anti-wall protests. He also updated us on the 4th Bilin conference, which was starting that very day. Abu Rahme concluded with a call to support the global boycott Israel movement and to further educational work about the Palestinian people.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of an April 15th, 2009 report by IPS about how international aid is not reaching the people of Gaza due to the Israeli and Egyptian blockade and the closing of the Rafah crossing.