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

‘NYT’ story on Seth Klarman abandoning GOP leaves out his prominent role in Israel lobby

Bari Weiss had a big scoop in the New York Times: billionaire investor Seth Klarman is so worried about Trump he’s given up on his traditional favorite, the Republican Party. “Mr. Klarman is now giving almost exclusively to Democrats — and donating far more money than he ever has,” Weiss reports, then quotes him: “We need to turn the House and Senate as a check on Donald Trump and his runaway presidency.”

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel was brought to you by Jeffrey Goldberg

A reckoning among American Jews who have been Netanyahu’s enablers for so long must take place now, before his successor takes office. Another Israeli leader must never again be allowed to use and abuse American Jews in such a way and take the Diaspora for granted.

–Anshel Pfeffer in the Forward.

‘Teargas became my daily meal’ — the endless harassment of a Jerusalem neighborhood makes life unacceptable

My friend Abdulwahab (Abed) Sabbah is the director of Dar Assadaqa, a community center in Abu Dis, East Jerusalem. He is the Palestinian half of London’s human rights organization CADFA, the Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association. He sent me an account of an IDF attack on his family in their apartment in Abu Dis on September 4, and followups. 

As PLO office closes in Washington, Palestinian ambassador says Trump is the problem not America

After 24 years the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s diplomatic mission in Washington DC closed yesterday, following instructions from the Trump administration to shutter their operations in the U.S.

The head of the mission Palestinian Ambassador to the U.S. Husam Zomlot issued a goodbye message from the West Bank, where he was recalled last May in the wake of the U.S. moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.