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

‘The other side of the Siege’ — the IDF takes on the Jenin Freedom Theatre

The narrator of PBS Frontline’s The Siege of Bethlehem — a film documenting the thirty-nine day standoff between armed Palestinian factions inside the Church of Nativity and the Israel Defense Forces in 2002 during the Second Intifada— declares that as the standoff neared its end, the IDF changed strategies. Instead of the “conciliation and trust-building” tactic, the army would be going for “a more hard-line approach” the narrator says.

Eli Valley lost work at Jewish paper for vicious cartoons of Foxman and Dershowitz (but only the Israeli press cares)

This is a puzzle. A few weeks ago, the cartoonist Eli Valley published a book of his vicious/dark cartoons on the American Jewish leadership’s blind fealty to Israel and distance from American Jews, and the book (Diaspora Boy from O/R) has gotten a ton of publicity in Israel and the American Jewish press too, but virtually no attention in the mainstream press.

Eli Valley lost work at Jewish paper for savage cartoons of Foxman and Dershowitz (but only the Israeli press cares)

This is a puzzle. A few weeks ago, the cartoonist Eli Valley published a book of his vicious/dark cartoons on the American Jewish leadership’s blind fealty to Israel and distance from American Jews, and the book (Diaspora Boy from O/R) has gotten a ton of publicity in Israel and the American Jewish press too, but virtually no attention in the mainstream press.

The real reasons Trump is quitting Unesco

At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalise a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights?

Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the agency has committed in US eyes.

Balfour at 100: A legacy of racism and propaganda

This article extends from a longer piece, entitled “Remembering Balfour: Empire, Race and Propaganda,” which the journal Race & Class is publishing to mark the centennial of the Balfour Declaration. The journal’s editors have lifted paywall restrictions to make that article widely accessible for the centennial, and it is available in full here.

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