This week …

News Highlights:

  • Around 1600 Palestinian political detainees go on hunger strike, to protest administrative detention and solitary confinement; solidarity activities go on around the world to mark the Global Day for Palestinian Prisoners.
  • Welcome To Palestine organizers note that Israeli authorities are not only stopping and deporting visitors at Ben Gurion airport, but have pressured foreign governments and airlines to not even allow people to board planes in other countries.
  • Israeli officer is suspended after a video of him hitting an international with his rifle butt goes viral on the internet; however, soldiers who served under him issue a public statement defending their “moral and ethical commander”.

Feature:

A live interview with Yafa Jarrar from Ottawa about the Global Day of Action for Palestinian Prisoners and the activities happening around it. Ms. Jarrar, a Palestinian activist who is a member of the Coalition against Israeli Apartheid CAIA-Ottawa and involved in organizing prisoner solidarity work, detailed actions around the world including here in Canada to highlight the horrific practices employed by Israeli authorities, including administrative detention and long-term solitary confinement. She also talked about the hunger strikes that are escalating and what people here can do to help bring justice to all Palestinian political detainees.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of an April 16th, 2012 report from the Maan news agency about how a Gaza man seeking family reunification with his disabled children had been detained by Israeli security officials at the Erez crossing.