This week …

News Highlights:

  • UN Human Rights Council votes to form an international committee to investigate Israel’s deadly raid on the aid flotilla; the Israeli government immediately asks the UN to shelve the inquiry.
  • Int’l Committee of the Red Cross releases a new report and says Israel’s blockade of Gaza constitutes a violation of int’l law.
  • Palestinians and Israeli activists protest more home demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem, that will see nearly a thousand Palestinians displaced.

Feature:

A special Eyewitness Palestine, Eyewitness Gaza that included two reports about the Israeli blockade on the civilian Palestinian population in Gaza and the recent decision by the Israeli government to “ease” the blockade. The first report by Palestinian writer Joharah Baker was carried by Miftah and analyzed how Israel has long used the tactic of allowing minor liberties to Palestinians when pressured while still maintaining its overall system of occupation and oppression. She concluded by saying easing the blockade is definitely not enough because the blockade should never have existed in the first place. The second report was excerpts from a BBC news dispatch entitled, No Gaza Optimism over Easing Blockade, which detailed the scepticism of Gazans that the Israeli cabinet decision would amount to any real change in their daily lives.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of a June 21st, 2010 Electronic Intifada article about how the EU is approving grants for the Israeli military industry.