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

California Democrats buck national party– opposing bills to penalize boycotts of Israel

On Sunday, February 25, at their annual convention in San Diego, California, Democrats approved a set of positions on pending legislation that includes opposition to S 720/HR 1697, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a federal bill that would impose draconian penalties for boycotts regarding Israel under certain circumstances; and S 170/HR 2856, the Combatting BDS Act, which purports to permit and encour

Photo Essay: Palestinian Christians and Muslims protest new Israeli tax aimed at Christian properties

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher closed its doors Sunday due to a new Israeli property law and tax policy that would allow the government to take over church properties leased to private companies, and begin imposing taxes on church properties. Christian leaders protested the move saying, “This reminds us all of laws of a similar nature which were enacted against the Jews during dark periods in Europe.”

Mohammad Tamimi: ‘They beat me into confessing’

Mohammad Tamimi, 15, was shot point-blank in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet following a protest in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank in December.

The bullet, considered by Israel as a “non-lethal weapon” in the West Bank, entered his face below his nose and lodged into the back of his skull.

He was placed under a medically-induced coma and woke up 72 hours later after a series of surgeries.

Youtube allows countless parodies of Lorde song — but pulls down one detailing Palestinian oppression

Earlier this month, some creative friends of Palestinians did a stirring cover version of Lorde’s hit song “Royals” that exalted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) as a means to end Palestinian persecution, as well as saluted the young New Zealand artist for respecting the BDS call and not playing Israel. Replete with disturbing images of the occupation– the cover video can be seen on Facebook.

East Jerusalem Palestinians fear new Damascus Gate checkpoint marks change in status quo of the city

EAST JERUSALEM –Two months after US President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem are expressing renewed fears of a changing status quo in the city.

Earlier this month, Israel completed construction of a permanent watchtower checkpoint at the entrance of Damascus Gate, the main entrance to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

Group tied to ex-Israeli ambassador held a ‘Truth About Israel’ gala at Mar-a-Lago as a ‘thank you’ to Trump

After President Donald Trump apparently praised a group of white nationalists in Charlottesville last year, describing “some very fine people on both sides,” at last 20 groups cancelled events at Mar-a-Lago in protest. But South Florida communications executive Steven Alembik stood with the president amid the controversy.

Israeli forces detain 10 members of Tamimi family, including teenager previously shot in the face

In the middle of the night on Monday, around 3 a.m., the Israeli military raided the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh in full force, a common occurrence for the village’s internationally-recognized residents, the Tamimi family, who have seen several family members — a large portion of them minors — arrested from the village in the past few months.

AIPAC conference will feature lots of liberal Democratic speakers

The premier Israel lobby group AIPAC — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — has announced the speakers for its annual policy conference in Washington this weekend and as usual there are a lot of liberal Democrats. AIPAC is an organization that stands with Israel at all times, whether it’s building settlements in occupied Palestinian territories or opposing the Iran deal or massacring whole families in Gaza.