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

How Israel accidentally validated my activism

It is the first time in the 6 hours out of 8 hours of my detainment that all three of my interrogators were in the room with me.  I’m mentally drained from the endless bombardment of psychologically manipulative techniques they have inflicted upon me including humiliation, good cop/bad cop, and withholding information about how long I would be there and where my friends were.  My personal journal, full of the most personal compositions, lies open on the desk, having been violated by the soldiers reading through it and laughing to each other about my personal life.  The walls are covered wi

Marching to Cuomo’s house

Yesterday, a diverse group of about 150 New Yorkers protested in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Westchester County residence, calling on him to rescind his recent executive order attacking the grassroots boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) for Palestinian rights.

Hillary Clinton has a decision to make

Elie Wiesel might have been the  most moral man to have come out of the Jewish people in the last thousand years, but at the same time, he was also inarguably an enemy to the Palestinian people. That should not be controversial. The late Israeli politician Yossi Sarid called Wiesel an “ethnic cleanser in a prayer shawl” over his relationship with the settlement organization Elad in East Jerusalem.

Separation and conquest: Israel’s ideological barrier

In 2002 the Israeli Government decided to construct “a barrier” separating the West Bank and Israel with the declared purpose of improving the security of Israel by preventing Palestinians from entering Israel without first being cleared at a checkpoint. Today, the Annexation and Segregation Wall consists partly of concrete slabs, which are eight to nine meters high and are connected to form a concrete wall, and partly of fences, ditches, razor wire, groomed sand paths, an electronic monitoring system, patrol roads and a buffer zone.

Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi: A study in contrasts

The late Elie Wiesel was an immensely complicated figure who helped raise public awareness of the Holocaust, but who also became consumed by his own celebrity and the immense power he wielded in the world.

It is hard not to compare the careers of Wiesel and the Italian-Sephardi Primo Levi who both survived the hell of Auschwitz, but who took very different paths to express their witness.

Philadelphia expands date boycott during Ramadan 2016

For a third consecutive year the Philadelphia Coalition for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (Philly BDS), a member group of US Campaign to End the Occupation, in collaboration with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and other BDS groups around the country, has held its annual boycott of Israeli dates during the month of Ramadan. And this year Philly BDS has successfully mobilized different businesses across Philadelphia to formally pledge not to serve nor buy Israeli date products that are in direct violation of international law.