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

Contest! Design a logo to celebrate the IDF’s 70th birthday

The Israeli military needs your help! It is holding a contest to choose a “celebratory logo” to mark the the Israel Defense Forces’ 70th birthday. To be honest, the choices are not very exciting. But don’t worry, we have ideas!

Here is our entry, with the help of Carlos Latuff:

Pesspotimistic reflections from besieged Gaza

One cannot understand the deadly, medieval siege imposed on Gaza apart from Israel’s settler-colonialism in Palestine. The horror inflicted on Gaza is, in fact, rooted in the political fragmentation caused by Apartheid Israel, reinforced by the Oslo authority, and sparked by factional struggles over access to power in a Bantustan turned into a concentration camp.

A new spirit in Gaza

Editor’s note: Earlier this month, Jennifer Bing and other American Friends Service Committee staff from the U.S. traveled to the occupied Palestinian territory to meet with other staff in the region. The AFSC published this reflection on its website and will be be publishing more reports on its Acting in Faith blog in the coming weeks.

Gaza-based band ‘Maimas’ sings for freedom

It is widely believed that culture, art and music contribute directly to shaping the individual and collective consciousness.

Video: Gaza taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to Palestinian reconciliation

On Thursday, October 12th the two largest Palestinian political movements, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo. The goal is to return power in the besieged Gaza Strip to the Palestinian National Authority, currently led by Fatah and based in Ramallah.

‘Follow the Women’ bike tour visits Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon

The U.S. Department of State travel advisory warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon. Yet, the U.S. Follow the Women team did not see or experience any violence during our bicycle ride for peace October 1-8, 2017 pedaling the length and breadth of the diverse land of Lebanon.     

Occupation, in the details (Part II)

Part II of my travelog continues to show surveillance and the indignities of daily life. The first part can be viewed here.

No blood or high drama, so it’s nothing “newsworthy.” It’s just everyday life.