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

Bush’s opposition to Israel in ’91 hurt his bid for second term, and skewed U.S. foreign policy right

The American press’s obsequies for George H.W. Bush as a supposedly great one-term president have left out an important question: Did his opposition to Israeli settlements cost him a second term in 1992? A number of analysts have suggested as much over the years. And while the evidence is hardly slam-dunk, there is no question that taking on the Israel lobby hurt the president.

Open Letter: The call for prison and police abolition is consistent with support for Palestinian liberation

The following letter was a joint effort by SJP West–a coalition of Students for Justice in Palestine chapters on the West coast—and the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM). Given the request for feedback for the University of California’s Task Force on University wide policing, both organizations felt it was important to issue a response drawing the linkages between divestment from Israeli colonization/occupation and the need to remove the presence of police and policing from UC campuses.

ADL invites police forces to train in Israel, and Northampton says, No thanks

This past week something unprecedented occurred in two locations in the Northeast.  Both the Vermont State police and the Northampton, MA police department pulled out of an Anti-Defamation League-sponsored “counter-terrorism seminar” to be held in Israel from December 2 through December 12.  After initially agreeing to participate, both police departments were lobbied by local social justice activists, with the Western Massachusetts chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace taking the lead in Northampton, and in response decided to withdraw from the 15-member New England delegation.  This is the f

It’s Hanukkah, and what that means

Happy Hanukkah, first of all.

This is known as the Festival of Lights. Often compared to the Christian Christmas, it is supposed to be about the light of renewal, birth, and a fresh start.

I like to think about how history is mythologized, and how it is translated into politics today. 

Tlaib’s comparison of Palestine to Jim Crow south echoes Jimmy Carter and Condi Rice

The news is that Rashida Tlaib, the Palestinian-American elected to Congress from Michigan, is refusing an AIPAC trip to Israel and instead is seeking to organize a Congressional delegation to Palestine, to see the occupied territory where her own grandmother lives without any political rights. The Intercept’s Alex Kane and Lee Fang say that Tlaib likens the occupation to the Jim Crow south.

Israeli soldiers shoot and kill a disabled Palestinian man on International Day of Disabled Persons

Israel, along with the rest of the world, commemorated International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Monday, December 3rd, by promising greater integration of the country’s 1.5 million disabled citizens, and holding different activities in parks across the country to show off it’s handicap-accessible pathways and lookout points.

Jewish allies cannot dismantle Israel’s racism by benefitting from it

Can leftist Jews really be part of the struggle for justice for Palestinians—a justice that hinges on an end to the violation of our basic human rights, including the Right of Return of refugees—by making Aliyah to the country that privileges them, simply because they are Jewish?