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

Honor Edward Said’s legacy by supporting BDS

September 25, 2016 marked the thirteenth anniversary of the passing of Professor Edward Said, one of the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century, and a political icon for anyone invested in the Question of Palestine.  And as happens with many historical icons, Said’s legacy is causing a tug-of-war between “liberal Zionists” on the one hand, and the thousands of anti-Zionist critics and BDS activists his radical scholarship and political engagement have spawned.

Netanyahu and US neocons describe Israel as a miracle God helped to create

Benjamin Netanyahu was given a prize for his “commitment to western alliances” by the neoconservative Hudson Institute last Thursday night. And in that New York crowd, at the Plaza Hotel, there was a lot of talk about God. Enough to make an evangelical Christian swoon. Listen up:

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Palestine, ‘safety’ and the UC Berkeley affair

Some of you might have been following the University of California at Berkeley free speech debacle, in which a course called ‘Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis’ offered through the university’s student-led Democratic Education at Berkeley (DeCal) program was summarily cancelled following a bellicose campaign by pro-Israel groups and – according to the Israeli media – intervention by the Israeli government minister Gilad Erdan and the Israeli Union of Heads of the 4 Universities.

Netanyahu gets face time with Trump and Clinton ahead of first presidential debate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday, and Trump promised to keep Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. Later in the day, Netanyahu also met with Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, who told the Israeli leader that she would oppose any outside agitators who try to impose peace, even agitators like the United Nations, and especially the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Shmuley Boteach seeks to blackmail Obama over his legacy

Last week, 88 senators, including many progressives, warned President Obama in an AIPAC letter not to lift a finger to try to create a Palestinian state in his last few months of office.

Well now the execrable rightwing rabbi Shmuley Boteach joins the fun. This ad appeared in the New York Times today. Presumably paid for by Sheldon Adelson, it holds President Obama’s legacy over him and says that it’s all in jeopardy if Obama pushes for the creation of a Palestinian state in “Judea and Samaria.”

‘There is no stronger disorganizing force in American Jewish life than Israel’

As we often proclaim on this site, a historical divide is now occurring between American Jews who feel that their obligation to support Israel is a “sacred” mission (as Dershowitz put it) and American Jews who want no part of that. As Israel approaches the 50th anniversary of the occupation, more and more American Jews are discovering that they do not share values with the Jewish state.