This week …

News Highlights:

  • Palestinian teenager is being held on multiple administrative detention orders by Israeli authorities, without charge or trial.
  • Palestinian families in occupied East Jerusalem are resisting home demolitions.
  • Charity bingo hall in California is funnelling money to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
  • Israel is registering as “state property” land in the occupied West Bank that has emerged due to Dead Sea shrinkage; Israeli group Peace Now says this is “de facto expropriation”.

Feature:

Heather Macdonald was live in the studio to talk about the efforts of local interfaith groups to sponsor Palestinian refugee families stranded on the Iraq Syrian border. These families are part of the almost half a million people displaced by the U.S.-led aggression on Iraq, but because they are stateless, they are now stranded in horrific conditions in camps in Northern Syria. The Canadian government refuses to offer official sponsorship of these families, so private NGOs across Canada are trying to assist them, and five families will hopefully be brought to the Vancouver area.(See Canadian Council for Refugees: www.ccrweb.ca)

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a July 20th, 2009 InterPress Service report about villages in the Bethlehem district fighting for survival due to the encroachment of expanding Israeli settlements.