Amos Oz’s memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, about his mother’s suicide and Israel’s birth, is now a film by Natalie Portman that asks the question, Can you “be sensitive” and also be a Zionist?
Category Archives: Middle East
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.
If the slightest doubt remained that Western media defines “terrorism” solely as violence committed by people of specific ethnic groups and cultures, the reaction to the lorry attack in Nice, France, should have completely erased it.
“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.
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.”
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 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.
Concern for anti-Semitism has morphed into anti-Palestinianism in the mainstream press, as a means of distracting people from Israel’s crimes.
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.
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.
Read an excerpt from Ambassador Chas W. Freeman’s new book “America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East,” which features a large section on U.S. foreign policy in Israel and Palestine, and the bungling thereof.
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 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.
When Elliott Abrams says that Dov Waxman has given “Bad Jews” a platform in his new book, Trouble in the Tribe, he is shooting the messenger: American Jews are increasingly troubled by Israeli behavior and seek other ways of being Jewish than harping on anti-Semitism and Jewish nationalism.
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.
Rabbi Michael Lerner offered great progressive lessons at Muhammad Ali’s funeral yesterday, but they began with his celebration of Muslim and Palestinian equality and condemnation of Netanyahu and “that part of the Israeli government that is oppressing Palestinians”
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.
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.
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.”
Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens says that Donald Trump is like Mussolini, in his “ethnic… populism,” but when it comes to Israeli generals’ charges that Netanyahu is fascistic, the ethnocentric hypocritical Stephens says the generals are rejecting the “religious ideological” currents that are the “stuff of democracy.”
After complaints from Israel supporters, a youth speaking competition in England disqualified Leanne Mohamad, 15, as delivering “propaganda,” because she described the Nakba and continuing occupation of Palestine and asserted that 30,000 Palestinian children have been killed during the conflict.
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.”
One can no more separate Zionism from Judaism than separate London from Great Britain, says Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. So Judaism is like other religions incapable of committing crimes in the name of faith and God. But what is the way through for Jews?
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.”
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.”