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

Trump’s and Netanyahu’s Pedagogy of Oppression: A lesson on the nature of facts

Think what you may of their incendiary words and actions, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu continue to give us a series of political and philosophical lessons. This past week, the theme of their pedagogy of oppression (to paraphrase the great Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire, who coined the term the pedagogy of the oppressed) was neither Jerusalem nor the long-dead Israeli-Palestinian peace process nor, even, the meaning of international recognition and legitimacy. They taught us about the nature of facts.

Trump’s Jerusalem ‘reality’ is good news for Palestinian solidarity

It was an unusual week in the history of Jerusalem. Simultaneously, nothing changed; and everything changed.

What changed was 70 years of US diplomacy and international consensus on the status of Jerusalem. What changed was belief in the possibility of a genuine 2-State solution. What changed was that Donald Trump was, for once, telling us the truth.

As he said in his speech, “this is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.”

That “reality” of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital city was also acknowledgement of decades of failed American diplomacy.

Oh wrestler, Jerusalem is not a chess piece– Gazans tell Trump

Amid hundreds acres of fields covered with grass and the rusty metal wires of old burnt tires, young protesters experienced in skirmishes with Israeli soldiers recommend to their newly experienced friends the best ways to avoid the tear gas and stun grenades fired from the Nahal Oz military post east of Gaza City.

‘Will the protesters turn violent?’ Deconstructing the media’s view of Palestine

Trump’s latest decision on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is ignorant and destabilizing and dangerous on so many levels. After flinging red meat to Adelson (Thanks for the millions) and the evangelical Christian right and their orthodox and less religious Jewish compadres (Thanks for the vote. You know I keep my promises), one of the responses that feels particularly irresponsible and devoid of context that is making me more outraged than usual goes something like this:

Journalist/newscaster/mideast analyst:

The world’s anger toward Trump gives Palestinians a clear path for action

US president Donald Trump has taken a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Forget about international law, UN and Security Council Resolutions, Arab and Muslim reaction! The President of the United of Sates of America does not give a damn. If the world doesn’t like it, it can bang its head against the “wailing wall!”

What is Jerusalem?

Dionne and Shields ignore the Adelson in the room

Last night two leading liberal commentators said that Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because he wanted to influence evangelical voters in the Alabama senate election on Tuesday. Neither of them mentioned the fact that Sheldon Adelson, Trump’s biggest donor, wanted the move.

E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post said on All Things Considered:

One Palestinian killed, hundreds injured during protests in West Bank, Gaza

Protests came to a head across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Friday, as Palestinians took the streets in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and confirmation of the U.S. embassy’s subsequent transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump’s Jerusalem speech will foster the liberal Jewish awakening

I love Jerusalem. It is an achingly beautiful city, and a place of great meaning to me personally. I became a serious person at last in Jerusalem when I began visiting it at the age of 50 and became engaged in history. There I have seen some of the darkest acts of human beings, and the most inspiring too; there I have seen the bitter results of the failure to separate church and state.

Trump’s thug-power, or does anybody still like Woody Allen?

Let’s go back to when we were all a little younger and less terrified. Obama is president. I am talking to a slightly older, white, heterosexual male, highly esteemed by the academic world and by me. I, a lesbian, admire and trust this guy. We’re catching up, talking about life, books, friends. I tell him my friend Beth is having a hard time writing her memoir. She’s trying to decide if she should include the fact that her very famous father, a renowned attorney, had sexually molested her for years while she was growing up.

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