This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli warplanes strike Gaza, killing one Palestinian and wounding others, including a 6-year-old child; later, Israeli forces shoot and kill a Palestinian teen near Deir al Balah, with more than 10 gunshot wounds to the head and upper body according to medics
  • Israeli officials announce more illegal settlement housing to be built, with 2700 units to be approved in coming days
  • Imprisoned PFLP leader Ahmad Saadat calls for the issue of Palestinian prisoners to be on the agenda at the UN in September alongside any statehood bid
  • Egypt, in coordination with Israeli authorities, deploys troops and tanks in Sinai


The feature was the first part of a speech presented by Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti at the Socialism 2011 conference in Chicago on July 3rd, 2011. Barghouti, a cofounder of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, talked about the importance of the global Boycott Israel campaigns, the struggle for Palestinian rights and critical issues around advancing Palestinian support work. (Due to problems with station equipment which affected audio quality of the feature, we are including a link to the full speech by Barghouti).

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of an IPS August 12th , 2011 report from Gaza by Canadian freelancer Eva Bartlett about the enormous difficulties facing Palestinian workers in besieged Gaza who are trying to support their families.