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

French premiere says ‘loathing of Jews’ is behind BDS

Here are two of the latest irresponsible efforts to portray criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism.

First, the anti-Zionist site Free Speech on Israel publishes a report on French premier Manuel Valls saying yesterday at Tel Aviv University that “loathing of Jews” is behind the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The French prime minister’s comments are a signal of BDS’s effectiveness, the website says.

Religious zealots ready for takeover of Israeli army

In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defense minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Yaalon warned: “Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel.”

He was referring partly to his expected successor: Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose trademark outbursts have included demands to bomb Egypt and behead disloyal Palestinian citizens.

Video: Gaza family mourns children who burned to death

On May 7, 2016, fire broke out in the Abu al-Hindi home in Gaza’s Shati (Beach) refugee camp. Started by a tipped candle, the flames grew quickly grew out of control.

Thank you, Chief Rabbi. Now I know: Judaism is to blame for the Nakba

Dear Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis,

When it comes to defining Zionism, you have brought crystal clarity.

You have been emphatic and categorical. You have left no room for doubt.

And why am I writing to you today? Well it’s Nakba Day.  And thanks to you, I can now join a perfect straight line between Judaism and the Palestinian ‘Catastrophe’.

However, I imagine you and I will disagree strongly on the implications of that straight line.