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

Trump cites Israel’s interest in the Saudi-US portfolio — not Russia’s

Donald Trump’s shocking statement Tuesday giving the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia a pass on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was titled “America First!” but twice mentioned Israel’s interests, saying Israel needs to have the US “remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia.” The statement also parroted Israeli talking points by identifying Iran as the leading malefactor in the world. As if Hezbollah and Hamas are threats to the U.S.

Twitter closes down my account for ‘hateful conduct’

According to Twitter, wishing Jewish anti-Zionists had died in Auschwitz is not a breach of rules whereas comparing the siege of Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto is.

On November 17th I was informed by Twitter that my account was suspended permanently. No reason was given. However Jack Mendel @mendelpol who describes himself as a web editor and ‘so-called journalist’ at the Jewish News was soon boasting that he had made a complaint.

‘Waging War on Shufat’: Jerusalem municipality demolishes 21 businesses in East Jerusalem refugee camp

On Wednesday afternoon Israeli authorities from the Jerusalem Municipality, accompanied by police forces, entered into the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem and began demolishing Palestinian storefronts in the camp.

By the time authorities left, some 18 clothing, grocery, and bakery shops and three gas stations had been bulldozed to the ground, according to locals. Some of the shops had been standing for more than a decade.

A Syrian director is denied a visa, and Trump’s policies impact DC Palestinian film festival

The DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival recently wrapped up its eighth year of showcasing Palestinian filmmakers and artists, with over 570 tickets sold – including all-event passes – to film screenings, embroidery and painting workshops, a pop up store, and the Kennedy Center for a comedy show. The festival, largely led by women, held light in a city buried by sexual assault testimony and hearings for Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Palestinians in Gaza should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, as precarious ceasefire talks survived a two-day-long, heavy exchange of strikes that threatened to unleash yet another large-scale military assault by Israel.

Late on Tuesday, after the most intense bout of violence in four years, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas, the Islamic movement that rules Gaza, approved a long-term truce brokered by Egypt.

‘Jewish ethno-nationalism is a poison’ — Crabapple and Goldman clobber Zionism in intellectual journals

Two essays in highminded journals underline a simple new fact of American intellectual life: Zionism is no longer in good odor. The ideology of Jewish nationalism may still have a home in the New York Times, at NPR, and on CNN and MSNBC, and in countless thinktanks, too. But increasingly any young thinker on the left understands that Zionism is not defensible on liberal grounds and feels a need to distance him/herself from it in the age of Trump.