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

Israeli soldiers shoot and kill a disabled Palestinian man on International Day of Disabled Persons

Israel, along with the rest of the world, commemorated International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Monday, December 3rd, by promising greater integration of the country’s 1.5 million disabled citizens, and holding different activities in parks across the country to show off it’s handicap-accessible pathways and lookout points.

Jewish allies cannot dismantle Israel’s racism by benefitting from it

Can leftist Jews really be part of the struggle for justice for Palestinians—a justice that hinges on an end to the violation of our basic human rights, including the Right of Return of refugees—by making Aliyah to the country that privileges them, simply because they are Jewish?

Liberal Zionism is ‘impracticable and irrelevant’ — Daniel Solomon throws in the towel

972 has published an important piece on the failure of liberal Zionism to do anything to change the nature of Israel and the resulting necessity: Liberal Zionists should become non-Zionists.

Daniel Solomon, a writer living in France, admires liberal Zionism for its historical idealism, but says we must respect realities, and liberalism is going extinct in Israeli Jewish politics:

Neturei Karta’s long history of solidarity with Palestinians is subject of upcoming documentary

Heather Tenzer is a filmmaker straddling three worlds: she grew up in a modern Orthodox Jewish community that was Zionist, she left it for non-religious life in New York, and she’s an activist for Palestinian freedom. Her upcoming film, The Rabbis’ Intifada (http://therabbisintifada.com), uniquely stitches together these three vantage points. Tenzer follows the strictly-Orthodox rabbis of Neturei Karta – long-time supporters of Palestinian rights, and opponents of Israeli colonialism – from the US to Jerusalem and Gaza.

Who is at home and who is in exile: a review of ‘Fractured Destinies’

FRACTURED DESTINIES
By Rabia al-Madhoun, Translated by Paul Starkey
264 pp. Hoopoe $18.95

To be Palestinian in Israel is to inhabit an oxymoronic existence: simultaneously at home and in exile. Which is more painful: to be forced to abandon your homeland, or to remain, watching strangers erase all traces of your culture and history?

Doctor’s dispatch: house calls in Aida refugee camp

Rainstorms drape over the hills of Bethlehem, slowly tumbling over the wall separating Israel from the city. The grey-blue deluge blurs the boundary between land and sky, occasionally highlighting a white stone minaret in the distance. Drinking coffee on the roof of the Refugee Center in Aida refugee camp, time is most clearly marked by afternoon calls to prayer reverberating off the billowing clouds or the church bells echoing in the distance, chiming the hours it takes for the storm to creep past.  

Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls.

At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If so, the Czech Republic would become the first European state to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead in moving the US embassy in May.

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