This week …

News Highlights:

  • On April 11th, Israeli military forces invade Bureij refugee camp in northern Gaza and kill 7 Palestinians, 6 of whom were children and teenagers.
  • Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza issues urgent report that the Israeli ban on fuel supplies is paralysing all aspects of daily life, in the educational, health and other sectors.
  • Israeli security services, Shin Bet, admits to arresting or pretending to arrest relatives of detainees to extract confessions.
  • Former U.S. President Carter visits Middle East, and plans to visit with leaders of Hamas; although Carter is attacked and shunned by U.S. and Israeli government officials, the father of captured soldier Gilad Shalit meets with Carter and praises his efforts.


We were unable to reach Dr. Assad AbuSharkh from the One Democratic State Group in Gaza by phone (see followup interview April 22nd, 2008). Two on the ground reports from Gaza were presented in his absence, the first more of the report from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights on the deteriorating daily living conditions in Gaza, and the second, a report from the Electronic Intifada about how local radio stations in Gaza are broadcasting live appeals in an attempt to help the sick and injured when Palestinian ambulances can’t reach them because they are fired upon by invading Israeli troops.

Focus on Zionism:

Highlights of an April 15th, 2008 report from the International Media Centre IMEMC about the attacks by Israeli soldiers on the Islamic Charitable Society in Hebron/Alkhalil that has been ordered closed by the Israeli government. The society serves thousands of families and children, 300 of who live in its orphanages.

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