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

Israeli courts denies Ahed Tamimi’s request for public trial

Israel’s military appeals court ruled on Monday against an appeal by 17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi and her defense team to hold the teenager’s trial proceedings in open court, citing historical “benefit” of closed-door trials for minors.

Schumer says he opposed the Iran deal because of ‘threat to Israel’

“The greatest threat to Israel in the short term is Iran, we know that. That’s why I opposed the agreement, because Iran is such a danger,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday. Schumer spoke at a breakfast of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Brooklyn.

Video: Jewish settler looses attack dog on Palestinian shepherd and flock, maiming sheep

This graphic video was shot on Saturday in the South Hebron Hills. It was posted by activists– including our good friend Ronnie Barkan — and is said to show a Jewish settler from a new outpost near the illegal settlement of Havat Mor releasing an attack dog on Palestinian shepherds grazing a flock. The shepherds are from the nearby Khirbet a-Rahwah village.

The dog rips off the tail of a sheep and part of its buttocks, as is evident at the end of the video. One other sheep was injured in the head.

US smooths Israel’s path to annexing West Bank

Seemingly unrelated events all point to a tectonic shift in which Israel has begun preparing the ground to annex the occupied Palestinian territories.

Last week, during an address to students in New York, Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett publicly disavowed even the notion of a Palestinian state. “We are done with that,” he said. “They have a Palestinian state in Gaza.”

Kenneth Marcus, Trump’s nominee for civil rights, has a long history of working against them

Any day now, the Senate will consider President Trump’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education, Kenneth Marcus. This is a vote that could have widespread and lasting consequences for the safety and rights of students and faculty across the country, in particular those of people of color, women, and LGBTQ students.

AIPAC is suddenly getting a lot of bad press, in Jewish papers and ‘Washington Post’

One of the pleasurable surprises of the AIPAC conference early this month — the conclave of the leading Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — was how much bad press the organization got. It’s becoming almost fashionable to criticize the lobby group for its enforcement of lockstep political support for Israel in Washington, and for its Soviet-style policy on access by the press.