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

Israeli Supreme Court rules to keep public in the dark about police open-fire regulations

A press release by the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) revealed on Sunday that Israel’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s decision ordering police to publish regulations on open-fire policy.

The ruling, made in June, will be a major obstacle in bringing Israeli officers involved in shooting incidents to justice.

D.C. Palestinian Film and Arts Festival celebrates ‘what it is to be Palestinian’

Palestinian artists from the Washington D.C. metro area and beyond convened at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Monday, October 2nd for opening night of the annual D.C. Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF).

Now in its seventh year, the festival was co-founded in 2011 by Nadia Daar, Noura Erakat and Huda Asfour — three Palestinian-American women compelled to provide a platform to their fellow artists in the diverse Palestinian diaspora.

Jenin Freedom Theatre’s ‘Siege’ preps for New York tour next week

Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied West Bank –– The congested alleyways of Jenin Refugee Camp mirror Palestinian camps across the Middle East, but the Freedom Theatre is unique.

Off one of the main roads in the camp the theater sits, a beacon of art, creativity, politics and youth. This week the theater performed one of its most famous plays, “The Siege,” about the 2002 Israeli siege of the Nativity Church, the church in Bethlehem where it is said Jesus was born.

Leading journalists call 2nd Amendment an anachronism — but spare Zionism

There has never been a better time to be a media critic of the gun lobby, gun culture, and the National Rifle Association. The massacre in Las Vegas, at a country music festival, has got the gun lobby on its back foot for once, and we all hope that the rightwing’s instant concession on “bump stocks” (which convert a semi-automatic rifle to an automatic) will lead to more concessions, and end the stranglehold of the gun lobby over legislatures.

Occupation, in the details

I visited the West Bank earlier this month and created these illustrations as part of a travelog. This is part 1.
The last time I had been there was 2008. Now, everything seemed heavier, particularly in Hebron where I spent most of my time. The air was heavy, the mood was heavy, and  the gravity of occupation seemed responsible for the drooping faces. Merely existing there is exhausting.