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

Abbas confirms Trump tried to sell Abu Dis as Palestinian capital, in ‘Oslo is dead’ speech

In a fiery two-hour speech on Sunday where Mahmoud Abbas unloaded on the Trump administration, Israel and Arab partners, the Palestinian president confirmed a report published more than a month ago about back channel peace talks where the U.S. pitched, along with Saudi Arabia, Palestinians should accept the West Bank town of Abu Dis as its future capital.

Facing serious damage to its image, Israel must smear its critics as anti-Semites

On January 25, Labour activist and co-founder of Britain’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign Tony Greenstein will undergo a disciplinary hearing over accusations of alleged anti-Semitic comments made online. Greenstein was suspended from Labour back in 2016 when the remarks first came to light. Greenstein has maintained the content was legitimate criticism of Israeli policy, and not derogatory statements about Jews. 

What MLK’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ tells us about Ahed Tamimi in a cold Israeli cell

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimi’s detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement  for freedom.

After New Orleans City Council implicitly endorses BDS, officials say resolution was not about Israel

A day after the New Orleans City Council unanimously approved a resolution to add a human rights standard into the review process for city contracts, which was pushed by Palestinian solidarity activists and would include companies profiting off of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory, city officials have started to distance themselves from the politics behind the legislation.

What Canadians can do for Palestine this February

Last June, a few days after the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, over 80 academics, activists, and community leaders signed an open letter calling for Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) to stand in support of Palestinian rights. The letter outlined the many facets of Israel’s daily oppression of the Palestinian people, and proposed several policy changes that would significantly improve the NDP’s stance on the matter.

Vic Mensa’s searing piece in ‘Time’ on Israeli oppression is prefaced by clunky disclaimer re anti-Semitism

Rapper Vic Mensa has published a wrenching piece in Time Magazine about “oppression and abuse” in Palestine. He saw elderly women being “punched in the face” by Israeli soldiers, saw hundreds of children being harassed and detained, and felt a solemn obligation to bear witness. But check out two of the opening sentences in the article:

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