Melinda Tuhus reports from New Haven:
A group of Israelis and Palestinians are on a speaking tour of the US. Melinda Tuhus talked with them at Quinnipiac College on March 16. Their group 'Combatants for Peace' includes several Palestinian former resistance fighters and ex Israeli soldiers. One Israeli on the tour lives near the Gaza border in a village in range of rocket attacks. The Palestinian who spoke told about the killing of one of his children "by an American bullet with an American M-16 rifle from an American Jeep". He says he wants to protect his remaining children by fighting for peace. The group advocate an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and say only non-violent protest is acceptable.
Also on March 16 a rally was held in New Haven protesting the shooting of Tristan Anderson, an American opposing the building of the wall through the West Bank. Anderson was hit with a new style high speed tear gas cannister shot from a rifle. He is in critical condition in an Israeli hospital. Protesters called for a change in the US policy of un-conditional support for Israel.
Melinda Tuhus reports for the nationally syndicated programs Between the Lines (WPKN 89.5 / WPKM 88.7 - Tuesday 5:30 pm, Wednesday 8 am and Saturday 2 pm and Free Speech Radio News (Mon-Friday 6 pm) and (local) WPKN News (Mon-Friday 6:30 pm).