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

Major bike race will kick off in Jerusalem Friday even as snipers line up on Gaza border

For the first time in its 101-year history, the second most important pro cycling race in the world, the Giro d’Italia, will be starting outside of Europe.  You would think this would be hailed as an auspicious sign that traditional European-based pro cycling is becoming more inclusive, more international, more welcoming.  Unfortunately, we have good news/bad news scenario….

Palestinian group challenges Schumer to visit Gaza and call for end to blockade

The Council on International Relations, a Gaza-based NGO, issued an invitation yesterday to New York Senator Chuck Schumer to come to Gaza so that he can see that he and the Palestinian community share many attributes, from humble origins to a high value for education. The group said it is confident that Schumer would call for an end to the blockade, as Senator Bernie Sanders has done, if he only observed the “inhuman” Palestinian conditions there.

Umm Al Hiran is ethnically cleansed ‘voluntarily’

Nothing much has changed in Israel’s methods of ethnic cleansing since 1948. Nowadays the violence may be slightly more ‘sophisticated’, that’s all. And the denial has roots in the early days of Zionism.

Remembering Joel Kovel, a restless explorer

Joel Kovel died on April 30. He was a dear friend of this site and an inspiration for me and others, as a restless seeker after uncomfortable truth.

Is the Saudi Prince becoming a Zionist?

The crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, now appears to be parroting Israeli propaganda.

“In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given. It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining”,

The ‘One Democratic State Campaign’ program for a multicultural democratic state in Palestine/Israel

As the Leonard Cohen song goes, “everybody knows” the two-state solution is dead and gone. Zionism’s 120-year quest to Judaize Palestine – to transform Palestine into the Land of Israel – has been completed. Every Israeli government since 1967 has refused to seriously entertain the notion of a genuinely independent and viable Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel.

Subscribers and donors withdraw support from the Philadelphia Orchestra over Israel tour

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s announcement of a Israel trip in June 2018 sparked a tsunami of letters and protests by human rights advocates demanding the cancellation of the trip. Touted as a cultural mission, the trip was immediately clear as a ‘Brand Israel’ propaganda tour – celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary, while whitewashing the Israel’s expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes between 1947 and 1949.