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

Video: Bedouin community resists imminent house demolitions and Israel’s E1 project

The residents of Jabal Al-Baba Bedouin community, east of Occupied Jerusalem held a rally a week after receiving an eviction notice from the Israeli authorities. The protest, in cooperation with the Avazz organisation and international activists aimed to send the message they are refusing Israeli orders and are determined to remain on their land.

BDS movement holds its first regional anti-normalization conference in Kuwait

Last week, BDS Gulf held its first regional anti-normalization conference in Kuwait City, with a broad participation of speakers, organizations, activists and political figures from the entire Gulf region. The conference, which was followed by workshops focused on campaign strategies and a practical regional action plan, made several recommendations regarding anti-normalization and activating BDS campaigns in the Gulf summarized below.

Israel has more legitimacy than US because the bible mentions Jerusalem, not New York — says David Harris

Last week David Harris, the CEO of the American Jewish Committee, offered a foot-stompin heart-stoppin sermon on Zionism from the pulpit of Temple Shaaray Tefila, a wealthy Reform congregation in Bedford Corners, N.Y.

The theme of the speech was that Israel has nothing to apologize for, and American Jews need to tell that story better. The Palestinians, Harris said, have turned down the “two-state solution” seven or eight times beginning in 1937 and 1947.

African refugees – how dare you invade the Jewish State?

That’s it, we’ve had it with you, you African… ‘inflitrators’ – as even our enlightened and liberal left leaders call you. It’s time for ‘increased removal’, as our Prime Minister Netanyahu recently said – we’ve cut deals with third countries, so we can quietly and peacefully send you to torture and death at sea – without too many moral scruples.

The left must give thanks to… Donald Trump

When folks offer thanks on Thanksgiving, the left ought to give at least a murmur of thanks to the turkey in chief. In many ways, the Trump presidency as hateful and unpleasant and regrettable as it has been, has created great openings.

Draft-dodger Tzipi Hotovely comes out as an anti-Semite

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, a noted Jewish supremacist, was hoisted by her own petard today, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has been reported as “checking the procedure” for firing her. For those of you unfamiliar with Israeli constitutional law, the procedure is not arduous – Netanyahu has to write Hotovely a note, containing the words “I hereby fire you from your position,” date it and sign it. Hotovely’s sin is that she committed a classic gaffe: she was caught on tape saying what she thought. About American Jews. In English.

Shutting PLO office in DC could shut down Kushner-Greenblatt peace effort, Palestinian official warns

The fate of a tiny office tucked between restaurants and shops in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood could have major repercussions for Palestinian-American relations. Inside of the brick-building is the headquarters for the Palestinian leadership’s official U.S. team, the PLO Mission.

Last weekend Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to the Mission explaining that its ambassador and his slim staff had 90 days to shut down.

A music lesson from Palestine, for Nick Cave

Upon hearing Nick Cave’s statements in Tel Aviv ahead of his performances there (November 19 and 20), I fell silent for a few minutes. The popular Australian singer-songwriter’s anti-Palestinian statements are not just hurtful; they are inconsistent with his reputation of progressive politics.