This week …

News Highlights:

  • UN official Chris Gunness says link between Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian displacement is “abundantly clear”.
  • UN envoy Robert Serry urges restraint from Israeli authorities after 2 Palestinians are killed in a dawn raid by Israeli soldiers on a Palestinian refugee camp.
  • Egyptian tanks enter Tahrir Square to evict protestors on the first day of Ramadan.

Feature:

The feature was a live interview with Noura Erekat, a Palestinian writer, activist and attorney, who currently teaches at Georgetown University in Washington DC. She joined us to talk about the current push by the Palestinian Authority for “statehood” at the U.N, what is behind this PA action and what it could mean for the Palestinian struggle. Noura, who recently had an article in Al Jazeera on this subject, explained that part of the motivation for the PA at this point in time was to shore up its sagging legitimacy, and she also gave an indepth analysis of the legal and political shortcomings of the Oslo Accords, which promised the Palestinians “statehood” over 15 years ago.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of an August 1st, 2011 release from the Christian Peacemaker Team about how the Israeli water company Merekot disrupts the flow of water to Palestinians near Hebron/AlKhalil.