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

The pedagogy of apartheid

Two months ago, Israel’s education ministry introduced a compulsory four-part question in civics matriculation exams. Students are asked to give their opinion on a “controversial public issue”, including for example “allowing different population groups to live in separate neighborhoods”.

‘Looking for Palestine,’ a night of storytelling with Palestinians, Live!

Trouble usually begins when the plane lands in Tel Aviv. For many Palestinians in the diaspora, a visit with family or friends back in Palestine almost certainly means a  marathon of racial profiling and interrogation. It is not uncommon for Palestinians to spend multiple hours in the stale holding rooms of Ben Gurion Airport before they are allowed to leave.

‘The Siege’ gets US premiere at last, in blow to ‘Israeli propaganda machine’

After the Jenin Freedom Theatre’s production of “The Siege” made its long-awaited American premiere at NYU last night, I slipped out of the obligatory post-production panel discussion on to Washington Square and saw the several actors standing on the sidewalk figuring out what they were going to do with the young night. I felt the disjunction that you feel when you see an actor after a show, but even more keenly than usual.

In Ireland, a Palestinian is understood

I recently took my first trip to Ireland, a place I’ve long wanted to visit.  In the United States, Ireland is something of an industry, a verdant land bearing ancestral secrets and exotic folklore.  It’s the country’s less romantic side, though, that has held my interest.

On my sixth visit, I’ve never seen Gaza so devastated

I’ve visited the Gaza Strip for each of the past six years, including in 2014 a few months after Israel’s devastating military assault. And yet, I’ve never seen Gaza like I did when I had the privilege of visiting this summer.

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