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

Video: Gaza health officials forced to stop cancer treatments due to Israeli siege

Earlier this month, health officials in Gaza announced that they would be stopping chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients due to a shortage of medicine. As a result, the lives of thousands of cancer patients were thrown into uncertainty. Doctors, rights groups, and the patients themselves have pointed chiefly to the more than decade-long Israeli blockade of Gaza as a reason for the shortages. With Israel denying humanitarian permits into the country at an alarming rate, the chances for survival for cancer patients in Gaza get more slim with each passing day.

‘Historical miracle of Jewish people’s return’ destroyed a West Bank village’s livelihood

Qalqilya, occupied West Bank – In his lifetime, Ibrahim Salah, 65, has planted 450 olive trees on his land in Far’ata village.

In recent years, almost half of those trees have been uprooted or set ablaze by settlers. And each time Salah travelled to his land to harvest his remaining olives after receiving Israeli permission, the olives had already been harvested and stolen by Israeli settlers.

Salah is now forced to work as a construction worker to make ends meet after losing his olives — his main source of livelihood.

‘We are going to abolish this law’– Aida Touma-Sliman on Jewish nation-state law

I go to so many speeches on the Middle East that they blur, but last week I was so bowled over by a Palestinian speaker, both her presence and words, that we wanted to provide a transcript of her remarks. Aida Touma-Sliman is a Palestinian member of Knesset. She reminds me of a charismatic congresswoman, a Pat Schroeder or Bella Abzug. She is mature, thoughtful, direct, and also conservative, in her concern for order.

Young Jews disagreed with the JCC – and they called the cops on us

The Talmud says that if dissent is not visible within a Jewish community, the community is not healthy. True Jewish leaders need to learn to build bridges and engage with difficult issues instead of cutting off parts of their community out of fear.

If there are no refugees, there will be no one to return: Understanding Trump’s war on UNRWA and Palestinian refugees

The Trump administration has pledged full funding to an oft-maligned UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees… Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has privately assured the UN Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, that the United States… will maintain its current levels of funding to the organization…. Haley has emerged as an unlikely champion of UNRWA.

Why the ‘Holy Land Five’ must be exonerated and released from prison

In May 2009, five Palestinian-American men – U.S. citizens and devout Muslims – received prison sentences ranging from 15 to 65 years.  They were known by then as the “Holy Land Five” and were convicted in November 2008 of giving humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza through their work with the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) charity – aid, according to the prosecution’s case, that indirectly benefited Hamas, designated by the U.S. in 1995 as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization”.