Special coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict will continue next week with on-the-scene reports from Judith Le Blanc. While attending the Communist Party of Israel’s Congress, Oct. 10-12, she will be tracking the crisis in the region in light of the Bush administration’s drive to go to war with Iraq.

Le Blanc traveled on assignment to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza last May to report on the struggle to end the Israeli occupation.

You have read the reports from Hans Lebrecht in Israel on the great peace movement upsurge underway. In the last two weeks, the siege of the national headquarters of the Palestinian Authority’s President Yasser Arafat underscores the humanitarian crisis, which continues to escalate as the targets of the Israeli army are increasingly children.

As the Israeli labor movement resists the right-wing Sharon government’s attempts to put the economic crisis accelerated by the illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza on the backs of the working people, we need to hear their voices on why peace in the Middle East is necessary.

So watch for Le Blanc’s reports from the cities and towns where Communists, religious, peace and labor activists and elected officials are organizing for a negotiated settlement to establish two states. Read about their efforts to end the right-wing Sharon government’s aggression. Find out more about why the establishment of two states can provide a new balance of forces despite the Bush administration’s attempts to continue their control of the region and its oil with “pre-emptive military action.”

Check the World webpage (www.pww.org) for audio feeds from the region, including interviews with the activists who are organizing for peace. Look for interviews in the next two weeks with the people who are suffering from the impact of U.S. policies in the Middle East.

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