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

The ethics of study abroad in Israel

The outrage that has greeted University of Michigan’s John Cheney-Lippold, who politely declined to write a letter of reference for a student who wished to participate in a Study Abroad Program in Israel, is astonishingly hypocritical.

Palestinians in Jerusalem likely to boycott municipal elections despite Arab list on ballot

Breaking with decades of policy among Palestinian political factions and religious leaders in Jerusalem, Ramadan Dabash, 53, a Palestinian man from the Sur Baher village of occupied East Jerusalem, is putting his name on the ballot for the Jerusalem Municipality elections this October.

“It was not an easy decision for me to enter the municipal elections in Jerusalem,” he told Mondoweiss, “but I felt I had to.”

The Holocaust, vengeance and the Palestinians

For Jews 50 and older, there is only one collective memory. It was given to me when I was little, when my mother told me about the Jews hiding in attics and wardrobes and behind false walls as they heard the boots of the Gestapo coming up the stairs, to collect Jews for transport to the extermination camps. It did not matter that the actual memory was not my mother’s or mine. This had happened to us, the Jews. She’d been a girl when the news had broken in the U.S. The memory was fresh, and ours to carry.

‘Oslo sold us out’: Young Palestinians on the moment that shaped their generation

In September 1993 the world celebrated what it thought was the beginning of the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Oslo Accords was supposed to lead to a “comprehensive peace agreement” by 1999, and eventually, a Palestinian state, with the then newly-founded Palestinian Authority (PA) serving as an interim self-government.

Twenty-five years after Oslo, the PA remains in power, and a fair and just peace agreement for the Palestinians remains far out of reach. The dream of an independent Palestinian state even further.

The problem with singling out anti-Semitism on the Left

This article originally appeared on on September 16, 2018.

A sentiment I hear frequently articulated in some progressive Jewish spaces is that the left needs to be more concerned about anti-Semitism. This view posits that the left has not been sufficiently sensitive to recognizing and addressing Jewish suffering and anti-Semitism.

Justifying landgrab, Israel says it is ‘allowed to ignore international law’ anywhere it wants

The Israeli government has recently claimed that it can “legislate anywhere in the world”, that it is “entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries”, and that “is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires”. This was written in an official response letter to the Supreme Court last month.

On the face of it, these are audacious claims. Is it really that bad? I would say that it’s even worse. The background to these statements is a new law from last year, which legalizes outright theft of Palestinian land.