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

Letter to a drone

2 a.m., 27 November 2017
Abdelkareem Acklok Street
Dair Albalh, Gaza Strip

Dear friend,

A bird sings in Gaza

Note from the director of The Rafah crossing from Gaza into Egypt has opened only 17 days so far this year, and more than 20,000 Palestinians are on the list to leave. During the last opening this month, only 1,441 people were allowed to leave Gaza. That is less than 5 percent of students and the sick, etc. seeking to travel.

Forget pinkwashing, it’s brownwashing time: self-Orientalizing on the US campus

“The political and intellectual history of modernity,” writes historian Robert Orsi, “is also always a religious history.” However, as significant and diverse recent scholarship is now bringing to light, narratives around the political, intellectual, and religious history of modernity often serve not only to illuminate the past, but also to obscure it through the authorization of specific forms of experience and knowledge.

Trump administration using unjust US law to pressure Palestinians

Imagine that you are a victim of a violent crime or theft but are forbidden from reporting it because Congress has passed a law that not only prohibits you from reporting the crime, but threatens punishment if you dare to do it. This is the situation in which the Palestinians find themselves today.

Dispatch from Gaza on reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority

On November 1, 2017 Hamas handed over control of its five border crossings to the Palestinian Authority, the first of many changes to take shape within Gaza following the reconciliation deal signed last month on October 12. The next benchmark will be President Mahmoud Abbas’ first visit to Gaza in ten years sometime this month. Abbas is due to participate in discussions on how once dueling factions, Hamas and Fatah, will unite under a single banner—and to steer a process for elections.