This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli settlers attack Palestinian construction workers in Hebron/AlKhalil, who were restoring a Palestinian home on Shuhuda St. which was previously closed due to settler violence.
  • Israel’s Finance Minister says he will freeze transfers of Palestinian tax money that Israel collects, due to the national reconciliation agreement amongst Palestinian groups.
  • Israeli forces continue to harass and arrest leaders of the Palestinian popular movements in Nabi Saleh, Bilin and other towns in the occupied West Bank.

Feature:

A live interview from Beit Sahour, Palestine with Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, a veteran Palestinian activist and academic. Mazin, who teaches at Bethlehem University, covered a wide range of topics, including the Israeli collective punishment against the village of Awarta, the closures at Easter time that limited the movement of Palestinian Christians, as well as the Palestinian national unity deal and its future prospects. Mazin also detailed his latest book Popular Resistance in Palestine, which listeners can order from his website (www.qumsiyeh.org) and called on people to become informed and support the Palestinian struggle.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of a May 3rd, 2011 press release from the Int’l Solidarity Movement ISM about the release of 3 international volunteers who were held (with no charges being laid) for 48 hours in an Israeli prison.