What are Israel's latest settlement plans?
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Today’s question was read on 8 December, right after the UN landslide vote to grant Palestine “non-member observer status”. The next day, Israel announced it would move ahead with building 3,000 additional housing units in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon earlier warned that these plans would have to be rescinded.
My question to you was: where exactly are these new houses to be built? And why is this particular area so important, so sensitive?
The answer is: the new houses are to be built in what is called the E1 area – it’s between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim. The building plans are strongly opposed by Palestinians, who say such development will prevent the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state.
The winners this week are: Abdul Ghaffar Shaikh, from Karachi, Pakistan; Yahya Badjie from Banjul, The Gambia, and three RFI Listeners Club members: Mr Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark, Mr Muhammad Shamim S from Kerala State, India, and Fr Stephen Wara, from Bamenda, Cameroon.
This week’s question is about China. At the beginning of this week, over 100 journalists from one of the country’s most respected newspapers went on strike in a rare protest against censorship. Details are sketchy but it seems that, at this writing, the strike is over and that an agreement was reached between the government and the newspaper because it did publish a new issue. Big news, you know – it’s thought this is the first time there has been a direct showdown between a Chinese newspaper’s staff and party officials.
My question to you is: What is the name of the newspaper and what happened to provoke the strike? Send me the name of the Chinese newspaper whose journalists went on strike at the beginning of this week and why they went on strike.
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