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

“I’ve been obsessed with time” – a visit to Raja Shehadeh

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Palestinian author Raja Shehadeh has used his pen to delicately trace the contours of Palestinian history and landscapes, bringing readers into the harsh and complicated realities that shape daily life in the West Bank, where some two and a half million Palestinians have remained under an Israeli military occupation for more than half a century.

Airbnb to end settlement listings in ‘occupied West Bank,’ evaluating if rentals caused ‘human suffering’

Airbnb, the popular home rental company, announced on Monday that it would be removing its listings in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, drawing praise from Palestinian activists who have been advocating for the move for years.

In a statement on its website, Airbnb said: “We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”

The perverse use of anti-Semitism charges against supporters of Palestinian rights

As many of you know, I am a refugee from Nazi Germany and a Jew. I was also on a small catamaran with 4 elderly Jews in September 2010 with a goal to break the siege of Gaza. We were Jews who wanted to convey our hopes, our dreams for Palestinian freedom and dignity. They looked forward to our arrival and yes, we yearned to feel a connection and love.

In Gaza, prosthetic limb workshop races to keep up with demand from shootings at protests

Sitting on a white sheet on a bed in Gaza City, Anas Minerawi, a 26-year-old civil engineer/trainee, reimagines noon of last May 18th, when “everything turned into completely grayish-white mixed with gibberish noise”.

“I felt like something very painful was going out of my chest,” Anas stammered.

He had been shot by Israeli fire during the weekly protest east of Gaza city on the border with Israel. He told me:

The criminalization and censorship of Palestinian solidarity on campus

Last week, I was asked to speak in a classroom alongside someone from StandWithUs.  Apparently, the professor was going by a recommendation to have me as a discussant, to possibly provide the “other side.”  Without getting into a discussion of what those two sides are (pro-apartheid and pro-justice, of course), or why I will not be party to normalizing, (setting up the illusion that “both sides” are equal, rather than oppressor and oppressed, occupier and occupied),  I sent this response, which I tried to keep short and to the point.

“Dear …

Israel has a problem: eight new congresswomen of color

The day that Israel killed 62 protesters at the Gaza fence last May, Deb Haaland, a candidate of Native American ancestry running for Congress in New Mexico, tweeted that it was murder:

The murder of 60 Palestinians in Gaza just as Ramadan begins weigh heavy on my heart today. The youngest was just 8 months old. Here are their names.

Haaland did a series of tweets of the victims’ names and concluded: “Violence is never the answer. I believe in diplomacy-first.”

I demand an investigation of Moshe Feiglin under the law for preventing genocide

On Thursday, Moshe Feiglin, a rightwing political figure, went on Channel Two in Israel and explained to broadcaster Udi Segal his plan for the Gaza Strip: ethnically cleansing it, and those who survive the IDF can then ask for refugee status in the EU.

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