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

Barghouti: BDS is growing as Israel becomes associated with far-right movements around the world

After overcoming multiple legal and administrative hurdles, including an Israeli-imposed travel ban, Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, appeared on a panel at Columbia University last night entitled “The Road to Freedom: The BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights and the Struggle Against Apartheid.”

Federal charges against Arab protesters at Friedman hearing dropped

The federal government has dropped the charges against AMP [American Muslims for Palestine] staffers Taher Herzallah and Kareem El-Hosseiny. Stephen Rickard, Deputy Chief of the misdemeanors section in the U.S. Attorney’s office notified the men’s attorney Ann Wilcox on Friday evening.

Filing what is called a “nolle prosequi,” or a formal notice of abandonment, the charges have been dropped and the case is closed.

Never give up: nonviolent civilian resistance, healing and active hope in the Holy Land

Introduction by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

Sami Awad and Yoav Litvin are two men whose lives have been deeply impacted by the events of 1948 and 1967 when Palestinians were collectively driven from their homes and villages in order to make room for Jewish settlement. The Israeli Occupation of Palestine is ongoing; Israeli policies that resulted from the events of 1948 and 1967 continue to create daily suffering in the lives of Palestinians.

Trump and the ever expanding Israeli occupation of Palestine

U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent “two-state and one-state” pronouncement effectively signaled the demise of the Oslo Agreement–a significant reversal of the long-established U.S. position, now in contrast with a near-universal international consensus. It also supports the continuation of Israel’s colonization of the territories it has occupied since 1967.

Why I’m keeping my child home from school in Israel on Holocaust Day

I. is the initial of a Norwegian citizen living in Israel. I. posted this among friends on social media and allowed us to publish it. –Editors 

Sunday marked the start of Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Day in Israel. Today at 10 a.m. two minutes of air raid sirens blared throughout Israel. Haunting? Yes, but not for the right reasons in my opinion.

Basil al-Araj, now a martyr, unites Palestinian youth in rejection of traditional politics

Less than two months after his death, the image of Basil al-Araj, clad in a red checkered keffiyeh loosely wrapped around his neck and thick black-rimmed glasses settled over a thoughtful expression, has become iconic. Palestinian youth have swapped their profile-photo-selfies for the slain leader’s image across social media circles. The image appears on local artwork, graffiti murals, t-shirts and posters from Haifa to Hebron.

Speaking of Palestine and academic freedom

In the past few years, I’ve become something of a counselor.  I have no formal credentials and a bad track record at the very thing I’m supposed to help others avoid.  How can I be critical of Israel, friends and strangers ask, without losing my job or getting into trouble?  I’m flattered to be approached in this way, I am.  But I can’t help but think:  me?  You’re asking me how to manage a career in academe while being critical of Israel?  I’ve lost two jobs in the past three years because of my sharp criticism of Israel and I’m a month away from being unemployed again.

Trump and Pence had a Jewish connection before a political one — and it’s steeped in the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust remembrance day, and it’s a good opportunity to explore the Jewish connection between Donald Trump and Mike Pence that precedes their political connection. The president and vice president have long, close ties to an extended Jewish family– the Hasten/Kushner clan– that has a deep experience of the Holocaust and intimate connections to Benjamin Netanyahu, the rightwing Israeli prime minister.

This is a story replete with history and genealogy and Jewish politics, and one that helps explain why American Jewish leadership is so rightwing on Israel.