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

Weiss, Ben-Youssef will be among speakers at Oct 21 conference in Minneapolis

A note from Phil and Tova: We look forward to participating on October 21 in a thought-provoking conference at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. All day Saturday, and we’ll have a table. If you’re in the area, please come by and say hello! What follows is the announcement of the conference from the diverse coalition of groups listed by name at the bottom.

The low-rent bullying of the Zionist ideologue

Imagine for a moment that you’re talking to an Italian-American about Fascist Italy (1922-1945) and how elements of that destructive and authoritarian ideology are still present in many areas of the Italian body politic. 

Miko Peled on free speech and Zionism

Yesterday we posted a piece by Jonathan Ofir on a controversy surrounding Miko Peled’s statements at a Labour Party conference event in Britain mentioning the Holocaust. Peled’s response follows.

I appreciate Jonathan Ofir’s piece re my comments at the Labour Party conference fringe events. I am in the process of writing a piece about it myself, but I do want to provide a short clarification.

As I see it, there are three issues here:

Anti-blackness and the core logic of Zionism

In 2012, Pulitzer Prize winning Black author, Alice Walker, came under fire by Zionists when she refused to allow her internationally acclaimed book The Color Purple be translated, published, and sold by an Israeli publishing company.

Netanyahu announces unprecedented settlement expansion in the West Bank

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces yesterday he will approve a bonanza of new settlements in the West Bank in the coming days, bringing the year-end total to 6,500, nearly three times the number of settlements approved in all of 2016.

Hamas and Fatah sign unity deal, but details remain unclear

Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday during talks in Cairo, local media has reported. Reports of the agreement lack specific details on what exactly was agreed upon, with Fatah only officially confirming it will take over control of the Gaza-Egypt border.

The agreement also reportedly stipulates that legislative, presidential and national elections will be held within the next twelve months, but such reports have not been officially confirmed.

The problem with Miko Peled’s ‘Holocaust: yes or no’

Miko Peled was speaking in UK at an event concerning free speech and Israel (organized by Free Speech on Israel), an event that was a side event of the of the British Labour conference, what the British call a ‘fringe’ event (with no derogatory sense). Here he was saying:

The 13 questions on life in Palestine that non-Palestinians always ask me

I am a Palestinian from my father’s side of the family and this month, I moved to Palestine. I was educated in France, worked in international organizations in a European and then an East African country, and also have lived in South America. Many of my colleagues, friends and acquaintances have no ties to the Holy Land. But they care and fantasize about it too.

Jewish Historical Society channels Joe McCarthy, and cancels JVP event on Balfour

More tragic news of the reactionary Jewish establishment. The American Jewish Historical Society in New York was set to host a discussion later this month of the Balfour Declaration by civil rights lawyer Robert Herbst, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Palestinian lawyer Jonathan Kuttab.