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

Pushed by alumni claiming anti-Semitism, Vassar officials oppose BDS and promote ‘Israel-positive’ programs

The battle over Israeli policies is heating up on campuses around the country, and one focus is Vassar, the liberal arts college in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Three weeks ago the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by two vocal opponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, Marc G. Yudof and Ken Waltzer, characterizing Vassar  as a hotbed of anti-Semitism.

A Jerusalem Pilgrim in New York

Last Tuesday evening, four writers gathered in a small room at the New School to participate in a panel titled “Breaking the Silence on Palestine.” Creative Writing professor Zia Jaffrey moderated the panel, which included the poet and novelist Sinan Antoon, the Palestinian novelist and journalist Ibtisam Azem, Jewish American poet Jason Schneiderman, and Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole.

BDS Victory: Security company G4S announces plans to exit Israeli market

British security company G4S, the world’s largest, has responded to a four-year long global BDS campaign protesting its role in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights by announcing yesterday it will sell its Israeli subsidiary in the coming “12 to 24 months.”

Netanyahu slams Abbas in wake of killing of American tourist

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today for failing to condemn the killing of an American tourist in Jaffa yesterday evening in an attack where 10 more were injured. 

Sanders’s outreach to Arab Americans on Islamophobia helped deliver Michigan surprise

One of the great storylines from last night’s surprise victory for Bernie Sanders in Michigan is that he won the Arab-American vote– and the mainstream media are stunned that Arab Americans would vote for a Jew. Sanders won heavily-Arab-American Dearborn, by 7100 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 4700 votes. That’s a 59 to 39 percent Sanders stronghold inside Wayne County, which was a Clinton stronghold. Wrote law professor Khaled Beydoun: