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

White Jews and uppity blacks

A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America
by Keith P. Feldman
University of Minnesota Press

Are American Jews “white”? What if Jews stop being “white”?

Those questions echo while reading Keith Feldman’s excellent book about the meaning and effect of Palestine in the American sociopolitical context, particularly its interaction with American conceptions of race.

Hundreds of Jews march for ‘Black Lives Matter’ in New York

Led by Jews of color and their allies, nearly 300 marchers calling for greater police accountability wound their way through downtown New York on Thursday night, ending in the arrest of seven activists for civil disobedience.

In overwhelming vote, leading Lutheran branch calls on US to cut off aid to Israel

This weekend the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) overwhelmingly approved two resolutions calling on the U.S. government to end all financial and military aid to Israel until Israel “compl[ies] with internationally recognized human rights standards”, freezes settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land, and for the church to adopt an investment screen to avoid profiting from Israel’s Occupation, at ELCA’s triennial 2016 Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans.

Netanyahu’s Academy-award performance of dehumanization is why the conflict persists

What is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s message about the Palestinian people to the world? It is that the Palestinian people are not human beings like the rest of us. If they were, an agreement would have already been reached long ago.

Last week Netanyahu released a video with new evidence to buttress his claim and show “in just a few seconds” why the “conflict persists.”

On closer inspection, however, it is more accurate to say, that the Netanyahu video itself is a much better explanation of why the “conflict  persists.”