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

New Orleans adopts divestment measure proposed by BDS campaigners

Today the city council of New Orleans unanimously passed a resolution which calls on the city to review and divest from companies that perpetrate human rights violations anywhere in the world. Proposed by local Palestine solidarity activists who support the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights, the resolution is not on its face an endorsement of the official BDS campaign, but activists are celebrating a move that opens up that possibility.

The impact, and opportunity, of Israel’s BDS ban

When Israel published its list of 20 pro-BDS groups worldwide whose members would be barred from entering the country, the reaction was, to be honest, one I totally anticipated.  I will refer to it as “activist swagger,” the self-congratulatory “we must be doing something right” attitude.

From Spinoza to Vilkomerson, Jewish voices for peace have long been banned– by Jews

The big news concerning Israel’s fight against the movement for Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions this week is the publication of an Israeli government blacklist of 20 organizations. Notable on the list is the American Jewish group, Jewish Voice for Peace.

Rebecca Vilkomerson, the head of the organization, wrote Monday that “now, contrary to any democratic norm, there’s to be a political litmus test for entering the country.”

‘Curricularizing Israel’– the Hebrew program in suburban Chicago schools

I was lucky in 2003 when I was hired to teach Hebrew.I had landed a job that encouraged me to bring together my personal and professional love for Israel.I would be teaching first and second-year Hebrew at a public high school in one of the Chicago suburbs.An ardent Zionist at the time with graduate degrees in Hebrew, English, and Education, I had the necessary credentials.My greatest qualification, though, was my deep love for Israel.A few years later, I began to question my feelings for the country and challenge the Zionist curriculum I was teaching.I felt com

What Palestinians can learn from South African anti-apartheid struggle

The current situation in Occupied Palestine has been well-documented elsewhere. The statistics show higher levels of Palestinian deaths, disabilities, home demolitions and poverty than at any other time since the dispossession of Palestinians in 1948. The international siege against the Palestinians of Gaza following the democratic election in January 2006 has led to an almost total collapse of all economic activity.