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

Rob Malley and Chris Hayes can’t talk about Adelson’s influence in scrapping Iran deal

Two leading figures on the American left, Rob Malley and Chris Hayes, cannot honestly discuss the role of Israel in foreign policy-making, specifically Sheldon Adelson’s influence over Donald Trump’s historic and tragic decision to scrap the Iran deal, a landmark of international diplomacy.

Why medicine is a political act

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Israel detains Palestinian teen with severe head injury, again

As Mohammad Tamimi, 15, walked to the market near his home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh Sunday evening, he passed by a new white Hyundai.

Two men he assumed to be Palestinians were standing outside the parked car, speaking fluent Arabic on their phones. Two more were sitting inside the car, which had a green license plate (vehicles belonging to Israeli citizens have yellow plates).

Mohammad did not think much about this scene.

Hundreds of New Yorkers take to the streets in support of Gaza

New Yorkers turned Times Square into a ground for dissent Friday afternoon, taking to the streets in support of Palestinians actively resisting Israeli occupation and dispossession.

More than 200 joined the mobilization organized by NY4Palestine, to mark a confluence of somber events: seventy years of Nakba, the unprecedented move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Israel’s recent massacre of scores of Palestinians in Gaza.

Life in Gaza

The young men were giddy to meet us. Three of them crowded around the computer screen, playfully pushing against one another, laughing.

“This is the first time I applied to leave Gaza” said Anas Jnena. “It was really hard on me to not get out at least one day. I live in a prison.” The young men are writers, members of We Are Not Numbers, a group of 300 young Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon who are sharing and celebrate their stories, with experienced authors mentoring the youth.

UN head says Gazans ‘caged in a toxic slum from birth to death’ as human rights council votes to investigate Israel

The United Nations hightest human rights group voted Friday in Geneva to investigate Israel for human rights violations in “the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018” in the Gaza Strip, after convening a special session.

The the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor and 14 abstentions. The U.S. and Australia alone voted against it.

Holding Gaza close this Ramadan season and beyond

It is just after sunrise on the first day of Ramadan, and I am in Mali. This landlocked West African country is one of the most vulnerable in the world, and notorious for land grabs. My mind is indeed on land grabs, but it is thousands of miles away.

I’m so angry about Gaza. It’s the kind of anger that leaves me shaken but not shocked, like a heartbreak long in the making, or a confirmation of terminal illness in the family that could have been prevented.

Facing the Past in Montgomery: Beyond the Nakba to historical justice

Rain had fallen the night before in Montgomery, Alabama. We had traveled there to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, an ambitious project by the Equal Justice Initiative to give witness to formerly enslaved Black people terrorized by lynching in the South.  By the time we made our way to the newly landscaped memorial site, a brilliant sun and clear skies were heating the earth. We entered the solemn space, heavy with mourning for the over 4,400 people who were executed simply because they were Black.