This week …

News Highlights:

  • U.S. officials condemn Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem, announced as U.S. VP Joe Biden is visiting the area.
  • 3 Palestinian boys are detained and harassed by Israeli soldiers as they were gathering herbs near Hebron Al/Khalil.
  • The siege on Gaza entered its 1000th day and Gazan officials comment on the increasing unemployment and lack of medical services.
  • UN special rapporteur Richard Falk says the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah is trying to get him to resign and is impeding his reports critical of Israeli policies.

Feature:

A live interview with Jewish Canadian activist Ben Saifer, from Students against Israeli Apartheid at Carleton University in Ottawa. Ben explained first how he had personally become involved with supporting Palestinian human rights and then detailed the growth of SAIA as a student group on campuses. He talked about the Israeli Apartheid Week that had just happened, the response of some politicians to the event, and also emphasized how he felt open debate was the best strategy. Ben concluded by detailing the SAIA campaign underway to pressure Carleton University Pension Fund to divest from companies supporting Israeli occupation and militarism.

Focus on Zionism:

A March 9th, 2010 press release from the International Solidarity Movement about Israeli settler vandalism at the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan.