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

NYU student government passes resolution to divest from corporations that violate Palestinian human rights

The New York University (NYU) Student Government Assembly passed a divestment resolution inspired by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) on December 6th by a vote of 35 in favor, 14 against, and 14 abstaining, meeting the ⅔ threshold that was 33 votes. This is the first resolution of this nature ever to be presented at NYU. The “Resolution on the Human Rights of Palestinians” calls for divesting from corporations that violate Palestinian human rights and calls on NYU to adopt a socially responsible investment policy that upholds human rights for all.

One year on: The political and human impact of Trump’s Jerusalem decision

One year ago today, US President Donald Trump announced that he was officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking with decades of US and international foreign policy in the region.

The announcement sparked widespread protests across the occupied Palestinian territory and Gaza, some of which are still continuing today.

The political implications of Trump’s decision were clear: the US was virtually erasing any Palestinian claims to the city, specifically occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinians maintain must be the capital of their future state.

‘NYT’ editorial on Flynn’s misdeeds has a laughable omission, Israel’s role

Two days ago, the special counsel investigating Russian influence on the Trump campaign submitted a sentencing memo urging leniency for a cooperating witness, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, and the press is, not surprisingly, leaving out the Israel angle.

Flynn’s confessed crime was lying to the FBI about his acting at Israel’s behest in December 2016 to call the Russian ambassador to ask him to veto a Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements that Obama as a lame duck was about to abstain on.

Bush’s opposition to Israel in ’91 hurt his bid for second term, and skewed U.S. foreign policy right

The American press’s obsequies for George H.W. Bush as a supposedly great one-term president have left out an important question: Did his opposition to Israeli settlements cost him a second term in 1992? A number of analysts have suggested as much over the years. And while the evidence is hardly slam-dunk, there is no question that taking on the Israel lobby hurt the president.

Open Letter: The call for prison and police abolition is consistent with support for Palestinian liberation

The following letter was a joint effort by SJP West–a coalition of Students for Justice in Palestine chapters on the West coast—and the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM). Given the request for feedback for the University of California’s Task Force on University wide policing, both organizations felt it was important to issue a response drawing the linkages between divestment from Israeli colonization/occupation and the need to remove the presence of police and policing from UC campuses.

ADL invites police forces to train in Israel, and Northampton says, No thanks

This past week something unprecedented occurred in two locations in the Northeast.  Both the Vermont State police and the Northampton, MA police department pulled out of an Anti-Defamation League-sponsored “counter-terrorism seminar” to be held in Israel from December 2 through December 12.  After initially agreeing to participate, both police departments were lobbied by local social justice activists, with the Western Massachusetts chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace taking the lead in Northampton, and in response decided to withdraw from the 15-member New England delegation.  This is the f

It’s Hanukkah, and what that means

Happy Hanukkah, first of all.

This is known as the Festival of Lights. Often compared to the Christian Christmas, it is supposed to be about the light of renewal, birth, and a fresh start.

I like to think about how history is mythologized, and how it is translated into politics today. 

Tlaib’s comparison of Palestine to Jim Crow south echoes Jimmy Carter and Condi Rice

The news is that Rashida Tlaib, the Palestinian-American elected to Congress from Michigan, is refusing an AIPAC trip to Israel and instead is seeking to organize a Congressional delegation to Palestine, to see the occupied territory where her own grandmother lives without any political rights. The Intercept’s Alex Kane and Lee Fang say that Tlaib likens the occupation to the Jim Crow south.