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

Netanyahu angling to institute capital punishment for Palestinians just in time for elections

Early Sunday morning five Palestinian citizens in Al-Khader village south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank were detained by Israeli Occupying Forces without charges leveled against them, a common enough occurrence in the quiet village which just last month saw 100 athletes sequestered, searched, and interrogated at gunpoint in its soccer stadium after practice.

‘Separation between the yolk and white’ — Tzipi Livni’s vision for Jews and Palestinians

Many times recently we’ve heard the suggestion from Israel supporters who are fearful about the death of the two state solution under Netanyahu’s settler-government and the loss of Israel’s international reputation that Israel must take unilateral moves to keep alive the dream of a Palestinian state. So Israel must therefore stop building settlements and establish a de facto border inside the West Bank, to make Palestinians a little bit happy.

Palestinian American women approach Rashida Tlaib’s congressional win with excitement and cautious optimism

As the polls came to a close and the midterm results began rolling in this November, Palestinians at home and across the diaspora celebrated the election of one of their own, Democrat Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

Tlaib made headlines across the US and the world as one of the first Muslim-American women to be elected to Congress, and the first ever Palestinian-American woman to do so.

After a year of relentless foreign policy and financial blows to their cause, Palestinians finally had something to celebrate.

Al Jazeera’s censored series on ‘The Lobby’: a lesson in astroturfing pro-Israel activism

Over the long Thingstaken weekend, which I spent blissfully alone, I binge-watched “The Lobby,” the multi-part Al Jazeera documentary which was censored right before its release date.   The documentary follows Al Jazeera undercover reporters as they infiltrate Zionist organizations in the United Kingdom and the United States, exposing Zionist efforts to sabotage pro-Palestine activism and organizing. Despite the censorship which stopped its public airing, the documentary was leaked online earlier this month.

Booking.com tries to ride out the storm of Airbnb exiting illegal Israeli settlements

Airbnb’s recent declaration that it will pull its listings from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, made headlines worldwide last week. The decision came a day before the release of a Human Rights Report (HRW) titled “Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land: Tourist Rental Listings in West Bank Settlements.”

Airbnb undoubtedly tried to prepare itself for the storm of condemnation which would have come from human rights advocates had it not anticipated the HRW report.

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