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

Israel prevents Omar Barghouti from accompanying his mother to Jordan for critical surgery

This is to share with you that ​Israel has effectively banned me from traveling to Amman, Jordan to accompany my mother during her upcoming critical surgery.

My mother, Wafieh Barghouti, is 75 years old. She was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, and has been fighting it every since with bravery, dignity, and lots of her typically stinging political commentary on Facebook!

Gaza’s airport, once a symbol of statehood, is now a wasteland

At 8:50 a.m., I stopped a taxi in western Gaza City and asked the driver to go to the airport. The driver gazed at me as I sat next to him. He said: “Which airport? Do you mean the Cairo one?” I replied: “To the Gaza airport. Go to Rafah now, please.”

Muhsin al-Balawi, the 23-year-old driver, may have been right to be extremely perplexed over my query. He had never been an airplane passenger. He was born three years before the airport opened in 1998.

A foreign leader — Netanyahu — is setting Trump’s agenda on Jerusalem, Michael Wolff book says

With everyone talking about the Russia story again, fed by Michael Wolff’s bombshell new book on the Trump White House, it must be pointed out that the book documents that a foreign leader not Vladimir Putin pushed one of the Trump administration’s most grievous foreign policy moves, the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as the supposed capital of the Jewish people. Benjamin Netanyahu influenced that decision, and so did Trump mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. And they are also pushing Trump to end U.S. policy of opposing the Israeli occupation.

Israeli prosecutors try to make Ahed Tamimi a terrorist

Ahed Tamimi was indicted by the Israeli military prosecutor on Monday, on five counts of assaulting security forces and throwing stones.

The five counts, as reported by Haaretz, include: “Threatening a soldier, attacking a soldier under aggravated circumstances, interfering with a soldier carrying out his duties, incitement, and throwing objects at individuals or property”.

Ahed Tamimi has polarized western opinion — but stirred some liberals to solidarity

The story of Ahed Tamimi’s resistance to Israeli occupation of her village is of course the biggest story to unfold in Palestine in recent months, alongside the Trump/Jerusalem business, and we’ve been watching the reaction to it closely. Though people are dividing on Ahed’s soldier-slap in predictable ways — rightwing and even liberal Zionists want no part of her; the international left has embraced her — there are some signs of slippage, in both directions.

The trauma of being Palestinian

A chain of mountains covered in pure white, trees extending beyond the reach of the eye, blue bodies of water mixed in with the white, brown and green. This was the scene I drank in as I stood atop Mary Jane Mountain in Colorado, 10,000 feet above sea level. I was speechless and exhilarated, since my eyes had never seen such beauty. After all, for 16 years I’ve seen nothing but the concrete jungle of the Gaza Strip. Still, my reverie was interrupted with an intrusive question: How could I enjoy such beauty when my family and friends back home can’t?