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

New Publication from Mondoweiss in Print: Reading Maimonides in Gaza

“I am not the judge but I am a witness: J’accuse. The war will live, it will be part of a living structure until someone is held accountable. Someone who knew.”

We are very excited to announce the second publication in our series Mondoweiss in Print, Reading Maimonides in Gaza, by Marilyn Garson.

With gags, props, and slides, Israel’s Netanyahu warns of Iran at AIPAC

This morning at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington DC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a bleak image of expanding Iranian influence in the Middle East set against a thriving Israel united with the United States. In true Netanyahu fashion the speech was more upbeat than stern, and of course it included props.

Schumer and Dems outdo Trump at AIPAC– there’s no peace because ‘Palestinians don’t believe in Torah’

That orgy of elite devotion to Israel that is the AIPAC policy conference has featured one prominent Democrat after another seeking to outflank the Trump administration in their expressions of love for Israel.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer took the prize by slinging mud at Palestinians and Arabs as the reason there is no end to the conflict. Schumer said the problem is that the Palestinians don’t believe in the Jewish Torah:

Long walk to equality and freedom: 70 years of AFSC supporting Palestinian struggle in Gaza

Emmett Gulley, the Quaker who was the first to head up American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Gaza unit in 1949 arrived when the Nakba was still underway. The Nakba, the catastrophe, is the Arabic name for the war and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that established Israel. He described “The dead and wounded were brought in every day…, and the city of Gaza was under air attack almost nightly. There were no lights at night…where we were located, except the searchlights that came on when the enemy planes appeared.

Nine reasons Israel is not a ‘progressive paradise’

From March 4th to March 6th, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference convened in Washington DC. This gathering is the largest of the year for AIPAC, the main arm of the American pro-Israel lobby.

Identity as pathology

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion…

Robert Burns

Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver in 1950 said Jews would better proclaim Torah now that they were not a stateless people any more:

Israel is trying to ‘suck America into’ Iranian war that could lead to world war — Lawrence Wilkerson

Israel is trying to “suck America into” a war with Iran that could destabilize the Middle East and lead to a world war in much the way that the imperial rivalries in 1914 led to the First World War, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned in Washington last week.

A war with Iran, he said, could “perhaps terminate the experiment that is Israel and do irreparable damage to the empire that America has become.”

Israeli army’s lies can no longer salvage its image

It is has been a very bad week for those claiming Israel has the most moral army in the world. Here’s a small sample of abuses of Palestinians in recent days in which the Israeli army was caught lying.

AIPAC panics over progressives abandoning Israel

The Israel lobby group AIPAC kicked off its annual policy conference in Washington on the weekend, and speaker after speaker expressed fears that progressive Democrats are abandoning Israel. The speakers urged progressives to stay in the bipartisan fold of support for the Jewish state; they insisted that Israel is a progressive cause. But many also embraced Donald Trump and Nikki Haley– evidence of the rightwing character of Israel support, which is driving the partisan divide in our country.

Here are some of those voices.