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

The loving rituals of liberal Zionism (and the Birthright breakup)

In 1986, at age 16, standing near Ben Yehuda’s pedestrian mall, I swayed to Naomi Shemer’s famous 1967 song, “Jerusalem of Gold” (Yerushalayim Shel Zahav) with other young Zionists in Jerusalem on an eight-week high school program. The song was being played on a boombox, and I sang along with other American Jews who had, like me, fallen in love with the city.

Palestinian farmers mourn crops lost to settler attacks in this year’s grape harvest

Every year, in late August, Palestinians begin celebrating the grape harvest, a quintessential part of Palestinian life and heritage.

Grape vines can be found on nearly every street in Palestine — on apartment balconies in cramped refugee camps, to sprawling fields and courtyards in cities and villages.

Woodward calls NATO and NAFTA ‘national security’ issues but gives Trump a pass for killing Iran deal

In his new book, Fear, Bob Woodward says that Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine NATO and NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the trade agreement with South Korea were threats to American national security and Trump was heroically foiled by his own aides.

But when it comes to Trump’s destruction of the Iran deal, Woodward all but approves it, portraying Iran as a “malign” threat to world order and an “existential threat to the Jewish state.”

‘The atmosphere is changing here’: The Druze community confronts the Nation State law

In the aftermath of the Nation-State law, when Israel officially declared itself a Jewish state, the fallout among minority communities in the country was felt through massive protests, stories of “betrayal,” and demands for civil rights equal to Israeli Jews.

One of the first groups to protest the law was the Druze community, an Arabic-speaking ethno-religious minority numbering approximately 120,000 in Israel — less than two percent of citizens.

Why let Netanyahu write the Labour rulebook?

I’d had a suspicion that we were going to end up with the full IHRA when the Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) met on 4th Sept. The weekend before, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, had been making conciliatory noises, seeking to assure the Jewish community that the full IHRA would be adopted. And so it was.

Nixon backpedals on letter saluting ‘courageous’ artists who boycotted ‘clearly illegal’ Israeli settlement

In fighting back against a smear by the Democratic Party of NY that she has been silent on anti-Semitism, Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the primary on Thursday, has misrepresented a letter she signed in 2010 against an Israeli settlement and saluting Israeli artists who refused to perform there.

Israel’s influence within the U.S. government threatens anti-corruption probe in Guatemala

There’s a tantalizing hint about Israel’s influence within the U.S. government buried in a long article in today’s New York Times — about corruption in Guatemala. Here’s what happened; three years ago, hundreds of thousands of Guatemalan protesters forced their government to agree to an independent investigative agency to root out widespread corruption. The new International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), backed by the United Nations, with U.S.