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Middle East

Why Trump’s revolution succeeded, and Bernie’s fizzled

Philip Weiss on
Hillary Clinton publicizes her closeness to Benjamin Netanyahu in her latest anti-Trump ad

Trump’s nomination was amazing in that it demonstrated the power of ordinary people –surely many acting out of racist and nationalist resentment — to upend a party leadership. Bernie Sanders failed in the same endeavor. One reason was that he did not seize on the material available to him, the Democratic Party’s love affair with neoconservatism and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jordan slams door on Gazans

Enas Fares Ghannam on
Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan --
Photo: We Are Not Numbers

“We regret to inform you that your application was not accepted.” This message has been received by almost every Palestinian from Gaza who has applied for what is called a “non-objection” letter from Jordan since last August. Such a letter is required before a Palestinian can cross into Jordan from the West Bank to fly out of Amman to other locations. With the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt closed most of the time, the Jordan route is about the only way for Gazans to travel out for university abroad and other opportunities.

An Unlikely AMEXIT: Pivoting away from the Middle East

Richard Falk on
U.S. Army Capt. Michael Riha, left, re-enlists Spc. Rodriguez on top of Ghar Mountain at Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2009. (Photo: US Department of Defense)

Richard Falk examines the argument for a U.S. disengagement from the Middle East: “Unfortunately, for America and the peoples throughout the Middle East the US seems incapable of extricating itself from yet another geopolitical quagmire that is partly responsible for generating extra-regional terrorism of the sort that has afflicted Europe in the last two years. And so although disengagement is a sensible course of action, it won’t happen for a long, long time, if at all. Unlike BREXIT, for AMEXIT, and geopolitics generally, there are no referenda offered the citizenry.”

‘To defend western freedom,’ U.S. must preserve Egyptian tyranny

(((James North))) on
Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Is there a connection between Israel and the fact that the U.S. continues to send billions of dollars of weapons and military aid to Egypt’s dictatorship? Of course there is, and even Michael Oren says that to defend western freedom, the US must support Middle East tyranny.

Hillary Clinton has a decision to make

Yakov Hirsch on
Hillary Clinton speaks at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. Photo:  Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton decided to embrace Elie Wiesel as a hero when people who support Palestinian rights pointed out his rank hypocrisy. And she has lots of pro-Israel company in doing so. But she should consider what violent ethnocentric friends she is embracing, and what their extremism is doing to Israel and Palestine.

Brooklyn Muslims mark July 4th protesting attack on teens leaving Ramadan prayers

Wilson Dizard on
(Photo: Wilson Dizard)

Over the July 4th weekend two sixteen year old Muslim boys in Brooklyn suffered a severe beating at the hands of an assailant who called one a “terrorist,” according to the victims. The New York Police have said that the incident was not a hate crime. This decision has disturbed some members of the area’s Muslim community, making them feel the police have overlooked their safety.

Netanyahu’s bloody incitement

Yakov Hirsch on
Netanyahu video showed bloodstained room of Hebron girl who was victim of Palestinian attack

Why is Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu showing us the bloodstained room of a settler girl who was murdered by a Palestinian? Because he has no answer to the political crisis of the occupation but to incite Israelis toward racial hatred — and to try to tell the world that Israelis facing Palestinians who have endured 50 years of occupation are the same as westerners confronting ISIS.

Israel should be deeply disturbed by the Brexit vote

Jonathan Cook on
Tony Benn

Israel should be deeply disturbed by the Brexit vote. he UK’s exit from the EU is further evidence of the unraveling of an old order from which Israel has long prospered. Distrust of the political class is growing by the day, and Israel is an issue on which US politicians are supremely vulnerable.

Netanyahu agonistes

Yakov Hirsch on
Netanyahu speaking to Congress

Netanyahu is alone. He has lost every world leader and his own security establishment and is reduced to the support of Jeffrey Goldberg, the lobby and neocon hacks in the US. The Israeli establishment will be able to remove Netanyahu politically in the next year or so and it will try and get a peace deal with the Palestinians. And you’d never know any of this from reading the New York Times.

Are comparisons of South African apartheid and Israel useful?

Jon Soske and Sean Jacobs on
The Israeli separation wall divides the Pisgat Zeev Israeli Settlement, on the left, and the Shuafat Refugee Camp, on the right, outside Jerusalem,  January 25, 2011. (Photo: UPI/Debbie Hill)

Although comparisons between Israel and South Africa stretch back to the early 1960s, the past decade has seen a growing recognition that Israel’s policies should be characterized as apartheid. Jon Soske and Sean Jacobs, authors of “Apartheid Israel: The Politics of an Analogy,” unpack the similarities and differences between South Africa and Israel/Palestine and tell us what lessons the South African anti-apartheid struggle offer for Palestinian solidarity work.

The struggle of refugees in Lebanon, Greece, and Germany: An interview with Hala Gabriel

Stephen Shenfield on
Greek police at the Macedonian border in Idomeni. (Photo: Hala Gabriel)

In August 2015 Hala Gabriel talked to Mondoweiss about Road to Tantura, the documentary she is making about the massacre committed by Zionist forces in her ancestral village during the Nakba. As part of the making the film Hala and her crew spent most of the month of March 2016 among refugees from Syria in Lebanon, Greece, and Germany. Their main purpose was to locate and interview Tantura exiles for the film, and Stephen Shenfield interviews Gabriel about what she learned during her time interviewing refugees leaving the Middle East.

To the Holocaust survivor I interviewed, in regards to Palestine

Gabrielle Spear on
Abu Arab holds a picture of Saffuri, while the scattered pines trees planted by the JNF lie in the background. (Photo: Gabrielle Spear)

Gabrielle Spear writes to a Holocaust survivor she met through a oral storytelling class to share the impact they had on her life. Part of this impact has been inspiring Spear to investigate other tragedies throughout history, including the Palestinian Nakba.

Remembering the Six Day War

Iris Keltz on
Photo: Iris Keltz

Iris Keltz reflects on the 49th anniversary of the 1967 war: “Yesterday Israelis celebrated Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayim, a day commemorating the reunification of the Old City under Israeli control control. I too mark this day on my calendar but in a different way. When the Israelis were euphorically celebrating their victory I was experiencing the fear of war and the humiliation of defeat. I may have been the only Jewish person who was living with a Palestinian family during that war.”

Seven days in Hebron

David Kattenburg on
A scene in occupied Hebron, photo by David Kattenburg

Welcome to occupied Hebron. “What’s your religion?” an Israeli border policeman asked me– a question I would grow accustomed to. “Jewish,” I told him. “Why?” He said, “It’s dangerous. You could be killed.”

Whistleblower: US General Sean Swindell bears responsibility for deadly Kunduz hospital attack

Wilson Dizard on
Andrew Quilty, an Australian photographer based in Afghanistan, shot pictures of the damage inside the Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan after the US attack.

Unfair blame has come down on the heads of American soldiers and allied Afghan forces over an attack on a civilian hospital in Kunduz last year, while the general in charge of the mission, Major General Sean P. Swindell, faced no consequences, according to an Army officer who spoke exclusively to Mondoweiss, “I wish the general in charge was prosecuted for this, but that’s my personal opinion. He should be taking ultimate responsibility for it, since he set up the conditions that something like this would happen.”

Sharansky disses American Jews for assimilating, then tells ‘major donors’ to universities to stop BDS

Philip Weiss on
Natan Sharansky

There are times that one must look at the American Jewish community and say that it is deeply troubled, and Monday night at Temple Emanu-El’s Skirball Center was one of those times. Phil Weiss reports from Natan Sharansky’s event at the temple where the head of the of Jewish Agency repeatedly celebrated the “destruction” of Soviet Union but never referred to Palestinians and said those who support BDS are guilty of “classic anti-Semitism.” Weiss writes, “This is the state of the American Jewish establishment. It shows utter contempt for Palestinian human rights in a senior citizen prom of narcissism.”