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

‘The Trump Administration is part of the problem, not part of the solution’: US shutters Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians

The Trump administration will not longer have separate U.S. diplomatic posts for Israel and the Palestinians, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement this morning. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem that services Palestinians will be folded into the embassy in Israel and headed by the U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

Ben Rhodes finally acknowledges ‘we were wrong’ on support for Saudi war in Yemen

Ben Rhodes, the foreign policy wunderkind under President Obama, recently published a book on foreign policy with the bracing-realist title, “The World As It Is”, but Rhodes barely mentioned U.S. support of the war on Yemen. He left out mass starvation, war crimes, even Saudi Arabia. Rhodes’s three Yemen references were all to al Qaeda’s presence.

Lara Alqasem’s lawyers ‘optimistic’ after first hearing in Israeli High Court

Lara Alqasem appeared for her first hearing before the Israeli High Court on Wednesday morning to appeal her deportation from the country.

The 22-year-old Palestinian-American graduate student, who was accepted to a Master’s program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been stuck in a holding cell at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport since she arrived in the country on October 2.

Israeli effort to punish BDS activists for Lorde cancellation is backfiring

Last year the New Zealand pop star Lorde cancelled her performance in Israel due to the persuasion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists (BDS), sparked by a letter written by New Zealand activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who are respectively of Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian background. Sachs was offered the full ‘kapo’ (Nazi-traitor) treatment in the Israeli press .

Canard du Jour: Antisemitism and the denial of Jewish self-determination

For a truly jaw-dropping admixture of sophistry and chutzpah it’s hard to top the claim made by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA’s)  Working Definition of Antisemitism that, “Denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor,” represents a dispositive indicator of anti-Semitism.

The US mainstream media is ignoring the Israel-Saudi Arabia de facto alliance

Over the past week or so, Saudi Arabia has gotten more U.S. mainstream media coverage than at any time in decades. But conspicuously missing has been any reporting on the kingdom’s growing friendship with Israel — a de facto alliance that may help explain why Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thought he could get away with ordering the murder of the dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Towards a definition of anti-Palestinian racism

Last month Phillip Weiss and Donald Johnson wrote in a post that a standard for anti-Palestinianism would be helpful to

“… get people to start to realize the sheer ugliness of how false charges of antisemitism are used to support a racist cause.  But that’s not going to happen if people only play defense.”

This triggered me to think about a definition of anti-Palestinian racism and how it can be used by activists for Palestinian rights.