This week …

News Highlights:

  • U.S. uses its veto in the UN Security Council to squash an otherwise unanimous condemnation of Israeli settlements; earlier, US leaders had tried to pressure Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw the resolution.
  • Hundreds of Gazans line up at the Rafah crossing into Egypt, which has been partially reopened for the first time since the Egyptian revolution started.
  • Protests continue across the Arab world, in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain.
  • Vigils were held outside Canadian diplomatic offices in both Ramallah and Tel Aviv to protest the Jewish National Fund’s charitable status in Canada, and its building of Canada Park on occupied and destroyed Palestinian villages.


The feature highlighted the speech of Jenny Peto, delivered to a Feb. 12th meeting in Vancouver on “Speaking up for Palestinian Rights”. Jenny’s Masters thesis was recently the centre of a firestorm generated by pro-Israel groups in Canada. Her talk covered how she was personally attacked in the media and even condemned by some members of the Ontario legislature. Jenny, of Jewish background, works with the Coalition against Israeli Apartheid and emphasized the importance of action, especially in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of a February 22nd, 2011 Guardian article about how an Irish journalist had attempted a citizens arrest of the Israeli foreign minister in Brussels.

Here is an audio file of this show: