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

Israel’s efforts to hide Palestinians from view no longer fools young American Jews

Few books on Palestinian history become bestsellers. But one, titled A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era, managed to rocket to the top of Amazon’s charts this month.

Its author, Assaf Voll, an Israeli academic, claims to have reviewed “thousands of sources” to explain “the Palestinian people’s unique contribution to the world and to humanity.”

In Gaza, BDS gives hope to Palestinians when political programs fail

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip participated in “Israeli Apartheid Week,”  in late March as a worldwide call for the complete boycott of companies profiting from Israel’s occupation, along with calls that Israel is an apartheid state that is based on racial discrimination against the Palestinian people.

Yakov Rabkin’s devastating critique of Zionism: it is opposed to Jewish tradition and liberalism

Last year one of the most important books on Zionism, ever, was published in English by Pluto: What Is Modern Israel? by Yakov Rabkin, a professor of history at the University of Montreal. The central theme of the book is how Zionists have exploited Judaism and western traditions to offer Israel as a liberal democracy when it is actually a nationalist colonialists project hanging on by its paranoid fingernails.

Gulf crisis could push Hamas closer to Iran, or cause it to fold under the Palestinian Authority

A few minutes after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, announced on June 5 that they would cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on the pretext of supporting terrorism, the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip questioned how the strain would impact the electricity crisis in the besieged coastal enclave. At the same time, analysts in Gaza began making calculations on what Hamas’ next move will be, with the coming loss of a prized benefactor.

Fear and loathing, in the land of milk and honey

When Michael rows his boat ashore in the old camp fire song, across a Jordan River chilly and wide, he comes across a land of milk and honey.

These days, intensive water exploitation, industrial agriculture, sewage inflows, drought and regional conflict have narrowed the river to a murky trickle — a mere two percent of its flow in the mid-twentieth century.