This week …

News Highlights:

  • Israeli troops attack a peaceful protest in the Palestinian village of al Walaja near Bethlehem and arrest 4 Israeli peace activists who joined the rally; al Walaja is set to lose half of its farming land due to construction of the Israeli apartheid wall.
  • Egyptians continue their protest outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and stopping the gas exports to Israel.
  • Israeli army is equipping and training settlers in the occupied West Bank in methods of “dispersing demonstrations”
  • Canada Palestine Association in Vancouver calls for a boycott of all Canadian Tire outlets until the corporation stops carrying Israeli products, including those from illegal settlements.

Feature:

The feature was a live interview with Waziyatawin, an indigenous activist and academic, about her recent trip to Palestine as part of a delegation of indigenous and women of color feminists. She detailed the places the group visited, the Palestinians they met with and her impressions of the oppression and suffering that Palestinians are living under. Waziyatawin, who teaches at University of Victoria, specializes in the history of colonialism and drew the parallels between the struggles of indigenous people here and in Palestine. She concluded by telling us about the statement the delegation issued entitled “A Call to Action”, including an unequivocal endorsement of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Focus on Zionism:

Excerpts of an August 30th, 2011 report about the ongoing Israeli incarceration of Palestinian organizer Bassem Tamimi.