This week …

News Highlights:

  • 15 protestors are arrested on Palm Sunday by Israeli forces as they peacefully try to exercise their religious traditions of pilgrimage to Jerusalem; the 10 Palestinians in the group are held for at least 96 hours while the Israeli and international activists are released.
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu says he is healing the “rift” with the U.S. government over settlement building.
  • The trial in Israeli District Court over the unlawful killing of Rachel Corrie by the Israeli military will not resume until September, 2010 at the earliest.
  • The largest Swedish pension fund bars Israeli arms maker Elbit Systems from its investments.

Feature:

The feature was a special Eyewitness Palestine marking both Land Day and the Global Boycott Israel Day. There were many actions around the world commemorating both occasions and our feature highlighted two reports, the first an open letter from Gazan students to the President of Berkeley’s Student Senate regarding the veto of a bill calling for divestment from two companies supporting Israeli occupation. The second report was highlights of an interview with Bilal Jadou from Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, carried on the Electronic Intifada, about how his family are literally cut in half by the apartheid wall.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a March 29th, 2010 dispatch in the Ecumenical News Int’l. about how Palestinian Christians are protesting the travel permit system imposed by Israel that restricts their freedom of access to the holy sites in Jerusalem.