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

Cal State, East Bay student govt unanimously passes BDS resolution

Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) Board of Directors of California State University, East Bay voted unanimously in favor of a resolution in support of divestment from corporations that profit from the occupation of Palestine.

Democratic leaders grow fearful that Israel will divide the party

On Sunday at the Celebrate Israel parade, many New York Democrats affirmed their love for Israel, from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Governor Andrew Cuomo to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. But I saw a lot of asphalt when I watched the parade on livestream. And there are growing signs lately that the US-Israel relationship is becoming a divisive issue in political campaigns, and not just at the margins.

The unwarranted presumption of Israeli soldier innocence in the killing of Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar

Last Friday, Palestinian Gazan medic Razan al-Najjar was killed by an Israeli sniper live round to her upper body, while attending to the wounded during Friday’s Great March of Return protests near the Gaza fence. She was clearly marked with an official white uniform jacket, and at a distance of about 100 meters from the fence.

How to tell when defending Israel is actually racist

Those empathetic to Palestinians toil in unhappy corners of the internet, fending off trolls eager to dazzle with age-old vitriol.  But decorated professionals recite the same discourses throughout corporate media, the veneer of respectability making them even more grotesque. Anti-Arab racism underlies defense of Israel. The racism isn’t marginal, either; it’s the lingua franca of American punditry.

‘How do you expect the young to forget?’: a visit to Shatila refugee camp

The heels of my shoes hit the dirty alleyways of the camp and I am instantly confronted with the harsh smell of filth. There is the awareness that the stench of death once filled these parts. This is Shatila refugee camp. To most of the outside world, a reminder of a massacre that once happened. A gravesite, a ghetto, a hub for outlaws and criminals. To the inhabitants of this camp, perhaps it is a life sentence. Perhaps it is the dying hope of a return to a home that once was. The old will die and the young will forget.

Photo Essay: Gaza buries medic Razan Ashraf Al-Najjar, 21, killed by Israeli sniper

Today, Palestinians mourned the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, carrying her body with on top her medic vest soaked in blood, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip.

Razan al-Najjar was a medic who was shot the day before by an Israeli sniper as she was attempted to reach the injured during the protest at the Gaza fence, near Khuza’a.

According to health ministry spokesman, Najjar was a volunteer with the ministry, wearing the white uniform of a medic when she was shot in the chest.