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

Sam Harris and the politics of ‘good intentions’

Sam Harris, the prominent “New Atheist” author and vocal proponent of the US “war on terror,” has repeatedly attempted to justify the projection of American military power abroad, especially in the Middle East, by invoking noble Western intentions.

Israeli racism unmasks Netanyahu goodwill video

Was it meant as an epic parody or an insult to his audience’s intelligence? It was hard to tell.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to social media to apologize for last year’s notorious election-day comment, when he warned that “the Arabs are coming out to vote in droves” – a reference to the fifth of Israel’s population who are Palestinian.

Five US citizens detained, interrogated, denied entry to Israel

On July 17, 2016, a group of young American delegates traveled to Israel-Palestine in order to observe the conditions under which Palestinians live, and to gain a better understanding of the situation on the ground. Upon their arrival, a US Campaign staffer and four other members of the group — all carrying US passports — were interrogated by Israeli border police about their backgrounds and political involvement.

Jews need to study the Torah if they’re going to criticize Israel, Beinart says

Peter Beinart has a well-deserved reputation for eloquence and bravery on the Israel Palestine question. The man who once addressed secret AIPAC gatherings to raise money for the lobby later turned on American Jewish organizations for their support of the brutal occupation in an important article and book, and was widely attacked in the Jewish community for doing so.

Who has ever succeeded in taming patriotism?

Annus horribilis. That’s what it’s been, everywhere really. And politically in the United States—is there any other way to think about it?

Dear Hillary, From Gaza

U.S. elections have an outsized effect on the residents of many countries, but among the most impacted are those imprisoned in the occupied Palestinian territories. In this video, 21-year-old Besan Aljadili, a writer for We Are Not Numbers in Gaza, responds to the nomination of Hillary Clinton for U.S. president.

Meet the Palestinian volunteers on the frontline of Europe’s refugee crisis

Millions of refugees are fleeing war and risking their lives on unequipped boats to reach European shores. Parallel to the unstoppable mass migration of those fleeing persecution, another form of mobilization has taken place. Volunteers from all of the world have arrived at the receiving end and are offering their aid and support to the biggest global displacement crisis since the Second World War, and Palestinians are no exception.