This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli officials approve the construction of 846 more settler units in occupied East Jerusalem
  • Top Israeli rabbis sign on to a ruling to forbid renting or selling a home to a non-Jew or Arab
  • Despite some minor changes in border crossing openings by Israel, Gaza imports are far below pre-siege levels according to UN reports
  • Argentina and Uruguay say they will join Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state

Feature:

A live interview from Beit Sahour, Palestine with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh www.qumsiyeh.org, professor at Bethlehem and BirZeit Universities and president of the Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement. Mazin detailed the conference he had recently attended in Stuttgart, Germany at the end of November, themed “Separated in the past, Together in the future”, featuring speakers like Ilan Pappe amongst others. Mazin also talked about his new book, Popular Resistance in Palestine (A history of Hope and Empowerment), that explains the long tradition of civil disobedience and non-violent resistance in Palestinian struggle.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of a December 6th, 2010 report by Max Blumenthal about the Israeli government’s failures in handling the recent massive forest fire, in an area where Palestinian villages were destroyed in 1948, he noted.