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

Israel’s ‘nation state of Jews’ law is a ‘mistake’ that will hurt relations with US Jews — Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz was on i24 News last night and said his new memoir is about “how much more difficult it is today” to defend Israel today than it used to be. That chore now includes defending Israel’s new law making the country the “nation state of the Jewish people,” in which only one people have the right of self-determination, Jews.

Soccer and the politics of immigration

There’s a wave spreading across Europe right now. Depending on your vantage point it might be seen as a surging tidal wave, threatening to destroy the status quo you’ve grown accustomed to, or, alternatively, it might be seen as a harmless influx, refreshing and long overdue. Regardless of our individual opinions, the wave marches on, seeping into the training grounds of the premier professional football clubs and sprouting some of the top talents in the world.

Gaza hip-hop artist: Israeli snipers shot up my performance

My name is Ibrahim Ghunaim. I’m 26 years old rapper from the Gaza Strip. I perform under the moniker MC Gaza.

You may have seen this video of me performing near the front lines of the Great March of Return as Israeli snipers gunned down our youth and rained torrents of tear gas upon us. It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that was the last video I recorded before in the Gaza Strip before leaving – likely permanently.

Russiagate is a ghost story for liberals

Many years ago I was at a party where we were outside on a warm summer night telling ghost stories— spooky things which we had experienced. I had none to tell, but we all got into the spirit of the evening (no pun) and nobody tried hard to debunk any of the stories.

Video: Israeli activists join Gaza protesters on other side of the fence

Last Friday afternoon, as Gazans gathered by the fence surrounding the Strip to call for an end to decade-long siege and for a return to their colonized lands, a small group of anti-Zionist Israeli and international activists approached the other side of the fence. The group was flying the Palestinian flag and holding a large banner calling for the liberation of the Gaza ghetto, both visible to the Gazans on the other side of the fence. Protesters on both side of the fence – Gazans and solidarity activists – interacted.

The criminal innocence of American Jews

There is an often-quoted passage by James Baldwin about the effect of America’s original sin of white supremacy on his family members.

His enigmatic and provoking thought is,

But it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.

Picking figs, I sort out my place in the nation-state of the Jews

Collecting figs this morning I listened to the local Arabic Radio out of Nazareth. A major news item reported reactions from the field to the demolition of a newly constructed combined home of a father and his two married sons in neighboring Sakhnin. A near thousand-strong special police force accompanied the bulldozers that snuck in and out of the area in late afternoon through a back road. It is a sign of the new tactics of the state authorities following the recent passage of the Nation-state Law, the commentator thought.

If U.S. television showed ‘Killing Gaza,’ support for Israel would start to shrink

If documentary films like “Killing Gaza” appeared regularly on American television, public opinion would start turning against Israel overnight. The film, just released by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal, is inspiring and sickening. It is being screened at special showings, but has not yet been released to theaters. Fortunately, you can download it from