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

Do not turn the Balfour Declaration into a holy Jewish text

The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is nearly upon us (November 2nd 2017) and its 67 words of apparent British imperial generosity towards the Jewish people are already taking on sacred status.

We are about to canonise Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, and turn his letter to Lord Rothschild, which viewed “with favour” the establishment of a Jewish “national home” in Palestine, into a holy Jewish text.

Watch the cathartic Vietnam documentary

The Vietnam documentary that aired on PBS over the last two weeks — 18 hours, Ken Burns executive producer — is getting trashed by the left. The critics say that the documentary is killing history (in John Pilger’s words), that it misrepresents our leaders’ intentions as good, that it fails to humanize the Vietnamese, and fails to convey the scope of American atrocities/destruction. Close friends of mine won’t watch it.

Support for Israel is tumbling– even among young Orthodox Jews

Modern Orthodox Jews are among Israel’s strongest backers in the U.S. Think Jared Kushner. Well, the generational split that is occurring everywhere in American Jewry is taking place among the Modern Orthodox, with a minority of young Jews saying they “actively support the Jewish state”.

Liberal Zionist hero Barak brags that Israeli left ‘liberated’ the occupied territories for Jews

This week, Israel’s ‘leftist’ former Prime Minister Ehud Barak seriously spilled the beans concerning Israel’s 1967 occupation, expressing in no uncertain terms that it is not a partisan right-wing matter, as its critics often like to say. Barak proved that it is something that the ‘left’ is an integral part of. And we heard it from the horse’s mouth – the horse named ‘lightning’ (‘Barak’ means lightning in Hebrew).

An Atheist in the Yeshiva: The education of Yossi Zvi Gurvitz

It’s Yom Kippur, and I guess I have to explain why a former yeshiva boy will soon prepare his usual Friday dinner and may, if laziness permits, take out his camera into the streets and attempt to capture the ferocious burst of freedom which can be experienced only in Israel on this day: the roads all devoid of cars and given, for one day, to bicycles and hikers.

US bans Palestinian runner from Chicago Marathon days before race

The United States denied entry this week to a well-known marathon runner from the occupied West Bank, shattering the dreams of a young Palestinian seeking to complete the World Marathon Majors series.

Mohammad Alqadi, 27, has always loved running, but had little to no opportunities to take his passion to the next level as a young man in the occupied West Bank.

‘Where there is a wall there are holes’: Issa Amro’s non-violence and Israel’s injustice

Some encounters, however brief, remain unforgettable.  My meeting with the Palestinian non-violent activist Issa Amro in June 2016 was one of those.  It was the end of a long day in Hebron, where I had gone with several colleagues to study first-hand the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian higher education.

A Jewish atonement for Zionism

“Not by Might, nor by Power”: The Zionist Betrayal of Judaism

By Moshe Menuhin. With a new introduction by Adi Ophir.

Originally published as The Decadence of Judaism in Our Time, Exposition Press, 1965; Forbidden Bookshelf, 2017, ebook $9.99.

Three megadonors (who just happen to love Israel) are pushing Trump against Iran deal

You’d think that in Year 15 of the Iraq debacle, neoconservative would be a dirty word in America; but neoconservatives are having a field day! Phil Giraldi’s article blaming American Jews for stoking the “war engine,” followed by Valerie Plame’s retweet of the article, has given neocons (adherents of a hawkish ideology that came out of the Jewish community) an opportunity to grandstand about the supposed anti-