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

‘Rather than trying to hide the occupation from the world – end the occupation’: Israeli orgs respond to gov’t deporting Human Rights Watch director

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, Israel revoked the work permit of Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine Director, Omar Shakir. Tamara Nasser reported for Electronic Intifada that “Israel’s strategic affairs ministry said the decision was based on Shakir’s support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, but Shakir said the ‘real aim is to muzzle dissent.'”

Bedouins outside of Jerusalem wrestle with uncertain future

Two young girls are walking through Abu Nuwar’s rocky and exposed terrain, near a defeated-looking donkey and tattered structures with metal roofs. Spotting me, they ask who I am looking for and give me directions for how to find Abu Imad, a community spokesperson for the Palestinian Bedouin village in the West Bank.

Mahmoud Abbas seals his intellectually impoverished legacy

Mahmoud Abbas’s April 30 speech has since become known as his “anti-Semitic speech” acquired an entirely unwarranted and undeserved degree of fame since it was issued. Albeit to a lesser extent, the speech’s absurd sense of self-importance and intellectual poverty also undoubtedly caused offence to those unfortunate enough to witness it.

By wrecking Iran deal, Trump politicized Israel

It almost goes without saying that yesterday was one of the most depressing days in memory. Here was a massive fragile edifice of recent history, the Iran deal, that had seemed to almost all of us such a great step forward, a labor of statesmanship by so many diverse figures around the globe working together to advance cross-cultural respect and comity, and Trump took a dufus’s sledge hammer to it. You could hear fear in anchors’ voices: suddenly the world was less safe.

Israeli cemeteries in the West Bank send a message– Settlers are never leaving

Abed al-Karim Zubeidi has seen thousands of acres of land in the Salfit district of the occupied West Bank consumed by illegal Israeli settlements and Israel’s separation wall over the years.

As the mayor of Salfit, each Israeli development in the area has chipped away at his hope for the future. Most recently, Israel announced a $1.16 billion project for a rail line that will cut through Salfit.

Every day Jewish settlers attack us

Human Rights Defenders sent us the video below and the account that follows. Badia Dwaik says that the video depicts a settler attacking a resident of Hebron and the soldiers taking the settler’s side, and arresting two teenagers. Dwaik reports that no one was injured by the soldiers’ shots. –Editor. 

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