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

In bid for Adelson’s millions, Rubio announces braintrust of pro-Israel old-timers

Marco Rubio is now desperate to keep his campaign alive as the credible Republican establishment alternative to frontrunner Donald Trump and the surging Ted Cruz; and yesterday he threw a Hail Mary in a bid for Sheldon Adelson’s funding: he announced a “national security advisory council” that includes many prominent supporters of Israel. The list of neoconservative old-timers is an implicit announcement that Rubio will do everything he can for the rightwing government of Israel.

Most Jews want to expel Palestinians — Pew’s ugly portrait of Israel

Most Israeli Jews want to expel Palestinian citizens of Israel from the country. And overwhelmingly, those Palestinian citizens say that the United States is too supportive of Israel.

This documentation of racism and polarization inside Israel is contained in a new in-depth survey of Israeli attitudes by the Pew Research Center.

This Pew tweet reflects the deeply discriminatory nature of Israeli society. Four out of five Israeli Jews like being on top:

Israeli ‘left’ comes up with plan to segregate and disenfranchise 200,000 ‘enemy’ Palestinians

We often complain that the New York Times is laggard in informing Americans about the true face of Israeli society. Well, Isabel Kershner has an excellent piece in the New York Times today about a new plan to fence off Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem originated by what passes for the Israeli left so as to preserve the Jewish state, and Kershner says the campaign has a “jingoistic” flavor.

Video: Tamara Ben-Halim’s moving story of finding her grandmother’s home in Palestine

Last spring when we published Tamara Ben-Halim’s story, Searching for my grandmother’s home in Yafa, she didn’t reveal the incredible news that right before publication she had received an email confirming her grandmother’s home had been found. She requested we hold back the story as she was in shock — literally she couldn’t believe it, it was “crazy” and she hadn’t even told her grandmother yet that her home was still standing.

Why we are calling on the University of Minnesota to divest

On February 15th, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Minnesota launched UMN Divest. This campaign calls on our University to take an active role in ensuring that we are not complicit in violations of international law. Our campaign brings forth a resolution to our student government that calls on our University to divest from corporations that profit off of human rights violations.

Bernie Sanders’s God is a lot like John Brown’s

God came up in last night’s Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan. A woman named Denise asked, “Senator Sanders, do you believe that God is relevant? Why or Why not?” Sanders said:

The answer is yes and I think when we talk about God, whether it it is Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam, or Buddhism, what we are talking about is what all religions hold dear, and, that is, to do unto others as you would like them to do unto you. [applause]

‘No Open House on Stolen Land’: CODEPINK disrupts RE/MAX convention to protest settlement profiteering

Since September 2014, the global real estate giant RE/MAX LLC has been the target of a corporate responsibility campaign by  CODEPINK Women for Peace because of the company’s involvement in the sale and rental of illegal settlement properties in the Occupied West Bank. Each year the Denver-based RE/MAX LLC holds its annual convention in Las Vegas. Around 6,000 real estate brokers and agents from 62 countries around the world attend.