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

US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the Palestinians

The Trump administration’s decision to scrap all future aid payments to the main agency helping Palestinian refugees marks a new – and most likely disastrous – chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The US State Department said on Friday it would no longer continue its $360 million annual contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), depriving it of a third of its budget. US officials described the organisation as “irredeemably flawed”.

Jerusalem mayor vows to kick out UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat today promised to kick out the UN agency responsible for refugee services saying the move will support Israeli “sovereignty and unity of Jerusalem.” He also appealed to “increase the Israelization” of East Jerusalem.

‘We have the right to be equal citizens!’ Palestinian mayor slams Israeli Housing Minister

On Thursday, the Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant inaugurated a swimming pool and country club in the Bedouin town of Rahat in southern Israel. But as an ‘enlightened colonizer’, Galant made it clear that this came with a political price: Palestinians should stop “illegal construction” and they should stop complaining about the Nation-State law.

Concerning “illegal construction”:

Rabbi Sacks’ attack on Corbyn damages the standing of the British Jewish community

Earlier this week Rabbi Jonathan Sacks made himself look foolish, tarnishing his worldwide reputation as a man of considerable Jewish learning and wisdom by making outlandish criticism of the Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

This morning, on the BBC Andrew Marr Show, he did it again:

“He [Corbyn] implies the majority of British Jews are essentially alien to British culture…he is as great a danger as Enoch Powell.”

Mr. Trump, you cannot erase the Palestinian refugees

First, the Trump Administration “took Jerusalem off the table.” Now, in an especially dangerous display of recklessness, they have announced their intention to do the same for the Palestinian “right of return.”

Netanyahu’s credo, ‘weak are slaughtered, strong survive,’ echoes Hitler

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech Wednesday at the Dimona nuclear plant, the site and symbol of Israel’s nuclear weapon capacity, and warned Iran and other regional rivals against taking Israel on.

The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong…