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

Zionism is ‘at the heart’ of British Jewish identity, ‘NYT’ author writes

As readers are aware, the Labour Party in Britain is now under attack for alleged anti-Semitism because of its support for Palestinian human rights. There is a full-fledged assault on the party in the mainstream press because of the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, who in the latest unfolding of the story in 2013 accused British Zionists of lacking British irony, remarks that some have interpreted as anti-semitic.

Israeli court rules govt policy of denying Gaza patients access to medical treatment as leverage over Hamas ‘ineffective and illegal’

Israel’s High Court overturned on Sunday evening the security cabinet’s previous decision to prevent five Palestinian women, mostly cancer patients, from Gaza from receiving life-saving treatment in occupied East Jerusalem on the basis that the women had relatives that were active in the Hamas movement.

Why the UK Labour Party should not adopt the IHRA Definition or any other definition of anti-Semitism

Will the British Labour Party adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism? Leaders of the British-Jewish community have been strong-arming Labour to accept it. The Party is scheduled to make its fateful decision in a matter of days. The definition is supplemented by 11 illustrations. Fully seven of them, however, home in not on anti-Semitism per se but instead on criticism of Israel.

Israeli activists demonstrate on the Eastern side of the Gaza fence in solidarity with the weekly Great March of Return

On Friday, 24th of August, Return demonstrated from the Eastern side of the Gaza fence in solidarity with the weekly Great March of Return in Gaza, which took place for the 22nd Friday in a row. Return activists were quickly forcibly removed from the area, but got to a hill where they waved multiple Palestinian flags and were seen by demonstrators on the other side of the fence.

UK Labour Party must reject biased antisemitism definition that stifles advocacy for Palestinian rights

Welcoming the significant growth in recent years of progressive politics centred on social justice and internationalism in the UK, especially within the labour movement, we, Palestinian trade unions, mass organisations and networks, representing the majority in Palestinian civil society, call on the British Labour party, trade unions, city councils, universities and civil society at large to reject the IHRA’s false, anti-Palestinian definition of antisemitism.

If there’s mansplaining and whitesplaining, then why not Ziosplaining? – on Yossi Klein Halevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

I haven’t heard the word used before, so here goes my version: Ziosplaining would be the efforts of Zionists of so-called moderate stripe, who are endlessly pained by reality, to explain to Palestinians (and the world) that they have no choice but to support the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

‘Anti-Semitism Awareness Act’ threatens free speech

In May the benign-sounding Anti-Semitism Awareness Act appeared before the U.S Congress “to provide for consideration a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities.”

No big deal? Let us see.

‘Casualties don’t matter’ — Gazans vow to continue protests, amid truce talks

Twenty two consecutive weeks have passed in which thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have joined anti-Israel rallies, known as the “Great March of Return,” close to the border with Israel.

Israeli forces have killed at least 171 Palestinians, and more than 17,000 have been wounded in Gaza over the last near to 150 days. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper during the same period.

‘New Yorker’ profile of Paul Singer plays down Israel and can’t say, ‘neoconservative’

When Donald Trump tore up the Iran deal earlier this year, it was widely believed that he had deferred to his billionaire donors Sheldon Adelson, Bernard Marcus, and Paul Singer. Trump especially needs Singer and Adelson, who have given generously to the Republican Party, so as to maintain his political firewall against getting impeached.