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Middle East

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.”

Why Miko Peled’s story resonates for Palestinians

Hatim Kanaaneh on
Miko Peled

The General’s Son, Miko Peled’s autobiographical account of his voyage from a Zionist youth and the scion of Zionist leaders to an avowed anti-Zionist peace activist, contains trigger points for any Palestinian, bringing back experiences of violence, discrimination and oppression at every turn of the account.

The war over the meaning of the Holocaust between Netanyahu and General Golan

Yakov Hirsch on
Major General Yair Golan, deputy commander of Israeli armed forces

When he urged Jews to reflect on the meaning of the Holocaust in the wake of the murder of a Palestinian on the ground by an Israeli medic, Israeli General Yair Golan issued a historical challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his propagandists in the west: that the use of the Holocaust to justify slaughter of enemies is bringing Israeli society to a point of no return

Zionism threatens to bring anti-semitism full-circle

Jonathan Ofir on
David Ben-Gurion during the playing of the Hatikva at the opening session of Israeli Knesset, 1949

If all Jews must be identified by an inevitable connection to Israel, as the state seeks, then it may be that Israel, and its actions in the eyes of the world, will become their greatest peril.

Resolution 242 does not mean what you may think it means

David Gerald Fincham on
Mandelbaum Gate on 1949 armistice line in East Jerusalem

The Green Line established in 1949 in Israel and Palestine and affirmed in UN Resolution 242 in 1967 was never intended as a permanent border, writes scholar Gerald David Fincham. And it should not be, because a 78% to 22% division of territory between Jews and Arabs is unfair.

‘Either Assad or we’ll burn the country’ – An excerpt from ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War’

Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami on
Cover of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

Read an an excerpt from the new book ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War’ by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami. The book tells the story of how Syrians took to the streets in 2011 to demand the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and the political and humanitarian nightmare still unfolding today. This excerpt explores how the regime responded with overwhelming violence to the initial non-violent protests, and the choices facing grassroots activists as the revolution militarized.

Once, most Jews viewed Israel as the anti-semite’s best friend

Jonathan Cook on
Edwin Montagu (Photo: Wikipedia)

Recognising Zionism’s ideological roots, inspired by racial theories of peoplehood that in part fueled the Second World War, might allow us to understand modern Israel a little better. And why it seems incapable of extending a hand of peace to the Palestinians.

Miko Peled’s viral video

Yakov Hirsch on
Miko Peled

How does this Miko Peled video get 2.7 million views– how is that possible? This isn’t a puppy or music video. Because Muslims want to see a beautiful Israeli Jew discuss his country honestly.

An apologia for Ken Livingstone (What would Buber say?)

Roland Nikles on
Howard Jacobson

The flap over anti-Zionism in British Labour ranks reveals the degree to which Zionism, or Jewish nationalism in Palestine, which depends on anti-Semitism, has replaced Torah, God, and peoplehood as the definition of Jewishness in European and American Jewish communities.