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

Israeli soldier-medic-killer ‘endured a lot’ –  so short sentence is cut by four months

Elor Azarya had “endured a lot”, said an Israeli military spokesman, announcing Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot’s decision to cut four months off the soldier-medic’s already lenient 18-month sentence for killing a wounded, immobile Palestinian alleged attacker by a bullet to the head at point blank on the street in Hebron in 2016.   

The crisis of Palestinian governance

A united, representative and democratic “government” is good for Palestine.United governance would increase external confidence, which might strengthen the negotiation capabilities of the Palestinians.A representative “government” would increase popular confidence in the governing structures, which might strengthen popular resistance in Palestine.

A plea to Israel: Don’t start the third Lebanon War

The situation has changed on Israel’s northern front, and the prospect of war is coming into focus. The fear in this country is that since Hezbollah and Iran are emerging on top in the Syrian civil war, they will soon turn their weapons against us.

UN takes first concrete step to hold Israel accountable for violating Palestinian human rights

September 27, 2017  — Today’s media reports revealed that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights began sending letters two weeks ago to 150 companies in Israel and around the globe, warning them that they could be added to a database of complicit companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements based in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusal

‘The Arab world is in absolute agony’ today — Khalidi

Last night at NYU, Rashid Khalidi gave a lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration– “from the standpoint of its victims,” the Palestinians.

For the Palestinians this statement was a gun pointed directly at their heads… The issuance of the Balfour Declaration thus marked the beginning of what I would describe as a century long colonial war in Palestine supported by an array of outside powers which continues to this day.