This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli settlers uproot olive trees from a Palestinian village near Nablus, provoking clashes that leave 10 Palestinians injured.
  • Palestinian women rally for Int’l Women’s Day and call for national unity.
  • Arab media reports that opposition rebels in Libya consider negotiations if Mouammar Ghaddafi immediately steps down, as the Yemeni government now resorts to kidnapping and “disappearing” leading activists in the democracy protests there.
  • Israeli Apartheid Week kicked off March 7, this year in 72 cities worldwide, mainly on university campuses.


The special feature was a live interview with Brian Latour from Winnipeg about the activities organized for Israeli Apartheid Week IAW at both the U of Manitoba and the U of Winnipeg. Brian talked about how he got involved in Palestinian support work, especially after the horrific attack on Gaza in late 2008. He detailed how the current Manitoba NDP government was establishing close links with the Israeli government and also explained about the failed attempt last year to have IAW condemned in the Manitoba legislature. He then went on to highlight the schedule for IAW activities in Winnipeg, that includes panels on Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, the apartheid nature of the Israeli state, as well as a keynote address by Huweida Arraf, the chair of Free Gaza.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of the statement by Roger Waters, from Pink Floyd, as to why he was now supporting the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. This was followed by Waters’ rendition of the song “We Shall Overcome (for Palestine)“.

Here is an audio file of this show: