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

The perverse use of anti-Semitism charges against supporters of Palestinian rights

As many of you know, I am a refugee from Nazi Germany and a Jew. I was also on a small catamaran with 4 elderly Jews in September 2010 with a goal to break the siege of Gaza. We were Jews who wanted to convey our hopes, our dreams for Palestinian freedom and dignity. They looked forward to our arrival and yes, we yearned to feel a connection and love.

In Gaza, prosthetic limb workshop races to keep up with demand from shootings at protests

Sitting on a white sheet on a bed in Gaza City, Anas Minerawi, a 26-year-old civil engineer/trainee, reimagines noon of last May 18th, when “everything turned into completely grayish-white mixed with gibberish noise”.

“I felt like something very painful was going out of my chest,” Anas stammered.

He had been shot by Israeli fire during the weekly protest east of Gaza city on the border with Israel. He told me:

The criminalization and censorship of Palestinian solidarity on campus

Last week, I was asked to speak in a classroom alongside someone from StandWithUs.  Apparently, the professor was going by a recommendation to have me as a discussant, to possibly provide the “other side.”  Without getting into a discussion of what those two sides are (pro-apartheid and pro-justice, of course), or why I will not be party to normalizing, (setting up the illusion that “both sides” are equal, rather than oppressor and oppressed, occupier and occupied),  I sent this response, which I tried to keep short and to the point.

“Dear …

Israel has a problem: eight new congresswomen of color

The day that Israel killed 62 protesters at the Gaza fence last May, Deb Haaland, a candidate of Native American ancestry running for Congress in New Mexico, tweeted that it was murder:

The murder of 60 Palestinians in Gaza just as Ramadan begins weigh heavy on my heart today. The youngest was just 8 months old. Here are their names.

Haaland did a series of tweets of the victims’ names and concluded: “Violence is never the answer. I believe in diplomacy-first.”

I demand an investigation of Moshe Feiglin under the law for preventing genocide

On Thursday, Moshe Feiglin, a rightwing political figure, went on Channel Two in Israel and explained to broadcaster Udi Segal his plan for the Gaza Strip: ethnically cleansing it, and those who survive the IDF can then ask for refugee status in the EU.

UN office warns 97 percent of ground water in Gaza is undrinkable, causing risk of disease outbreak and epidemic

Electricity supply in Gaza increased up to 18 hours a day in some areas, following the provision of additional fuel to operate the Gaza Power Plant.

Only 22 per cent of patients injured during the Gaza demonstrations, who were referred for follow-up surgery in the West Bank or Israel, have been granted Israeli exit permits.

97 per cent of ground water extracted in Gaza is unfit for human consumption, generating the risk of a waterborne disease outbreak.

Bari Weiss politicizes Pittsburgh: US and Israeli Jews ‘are all one’ people

Bari Weiss, the conservative NYT opinion page editor, is a romantic Zionist. She believes passionately that Israel has united the Jewish people. Last night that passion overcame her when she said that “you better believe” that the leftwing non-Zionist Jewish group IfNotNow welcomed rightwing Israeli officials flying in to Pittsburgh to express condolences in the wake of the Oct. 27 massacre at the synagogue because all were expressing the unified spirit of Am Yisrael, the people of Israel.

Avigdor Lieberman wants to give war a chance

On Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned. He was upset about what he perceived as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being too soft on Hamas . First because the PM agreed to provide some cash and fuel to Gaza, and then, after a couple of days of bombing in Gaza, the PM accepted a ceasefire.

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