Articles from Mondoweiss: The War of Ideas in the Middle East

Being present during the destruction of Gaza

Mondoweiss recently published Marilyn Garson’s new memoir Reading Maimonides in Gaza, which recounts her time working in Gaza with aid agencies during two Israeli wars on the strip. Below, Garson reflects on the recent news that the Trump administration is cutting aid to UNRWA as the World Bank and UN Special Rapporteur warn of an imminent collapse of Gaza society.

Criticism of Women’s March leaders reminiscent of attacks on Jesse Jackson 30 years ago

Recent criticism of Women’s March activists Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory over accusations of antisemitism have caused a new round of moral manic about left-wing antisemitism. Sarsour, whose anti-Zionism has been well documented and fretted over in major media outlets including the New York Times, has been a target by Zionists and conservatives for years. Mallory has largely avoided the same level of controversy as Sarsour.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, to serve 8 months in prison for slapping soldier in occupied village

Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian who was imprisoned in December for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, has reportedly reached a plea bargain to serve eight months in prison including time served, according to U.S.-based civic organization Avaaz, which is organizing the Free The Tamimis campaign.

Following a closed hearing on Wednesday at Israel’s Ofer Military Court, Avaaz released a statement saying that Tamimi pleaded guilty to four of the 12 charges against her, which initially carried a sentence of up to 10 years.

International Solidarity Movement tour conveys Palestinian trauma to a stunned US audience

The other night in Brooklyn, I caught two activists from the International Solidarity Movement, Rana Nazzal and Joe Catron, describing their work in Palestine to 70 people crowded into the Commons Cafe. The tour continues tonight in Syracuse and on to many other venues in Canada and the States (and at times includes our own artist Katie Miranda). I would urge anyone who wishes to understand the depth of the conflict to catch one of these appearances.

The ‘stoic’ Ahed Tamimi and her remarkable family were portrayed in Ben Ehrenreich’s 2016 book

Back in 2011 an 11-year-old Ahed Tamimi and her young cousin, Marah, “scampered” to the front of another peaceful march in their home village of Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine, the American writer Ben Ehrenreich relates. The two were joining weekly protests against the Israeli settler/colonists who had stolen much of their land, seized their spring, and built a fish pool next to it. Israeli soldiers, there only to protect the settler/colonists, tossed stun grenades at the girls’ feet, and then violently drove the demonstrators away.

In the occupation, slapping a soldier is worse than killing a Palestinian

On Monday in Israel there were two parallel events:

1)     The Israeli military appeals court denied Ahed Tamimi, 17, the request of an open trial on charges stemming from her slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her home last December 15, claiming a closed trial was “in her best interest”.

Dear Senator Harris, You have been drinking the pro-Israel Kool-Aid

An open letter to Senator Kamala Harris of California:

Dear Senator Harris,

I am an 81-year old resident of Alameda County and I have lived here for 19 years.  I grew up in the U.S. northeast and in France, and I have also lived in Scotland and Israel.  I am Jewish and I am a committed Palestinian solidarity activist.