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

Moshe Machover and the battle for the soul of British Labour

This week, Moshe Machover, a Jewish mathematician and philosophy professor at the University of London, was expelled from the British Labour party, for having written an article called, “Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism”. The irony could simply not be greater: Machover was taken out by those who do precisely what his article title suggests.

As battle rages in UK Labour Party, Moshe Machover expelled after asserting ‘Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism’

Over the past 18 months the British Labour party has been beset by a moral panic. According to pro-Israel activists in Labour, there has been a surge of anti-semitism in the party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader two years ago. Corbyn has broken with decades of party policy by placing a much stronger emphasis on the need to end Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians.

Photo Essay: The Al Aqsa mosque remains a distant dream for many Palestinians

Al Aqsa’s gold Dome of the Rock can easily be found framed on the wall in nearly every Palestinian home and drawn among the colorful graffiti on the streets of Gaza.

Obtaining an Israeli permit to visit Al Aqsa is difficult for young Palestinian men. For Palestinians living in the West Bank, only men over 55 and women over 45 can apply for military permits in order to enter Jerusalem and visit the holy mosque.

Journalist and former Mossad agent Herbert Pundik turns 90 – and Denmark celebrates  

There is not a more known and celebrated personality in Danish journalism when it comes to Israel/Palestine than Herbert Pundik, chief editor of Politiken (Denmark’s biggest paper) for 24 years (for which he still writes once a week). On the day of his 90th birthday, Politiken did a piece titled “Congratulations to Herbert Pundik – congratulations to Nachum Pundak” – applying both Pundik’s Danish name as well as (Pundak’s) Hebrew one.

Can’t discuss Palestine on campus? Then disaffiliate.

It’s an old story: a scholar criticizes Israel (harshly or haltingly, it doesn’t really matter).  In many cases, nobody pays attention.  Sometimes, though, pro-Israel groups catch wind of the offense, at which point any number of things can happen:  sanctimony, abuse, outrage, blacklisting, ostracism.