Thank you for another wonderful year of Mondoweiss. In what has become somewhat of a yearly tradition around these parts, here is a rundown of some of our site stats from the past year.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Stanley Fischer pushed Iran sanctions when he was head of the Bank of Israel. Why should this Israeli citizen become vice chair of our Federal Reserve Bank? Obama’s next sop to the lobby.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s has made a year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs,” citing ASA, Richard Falk, Alice Walker and Max Blumenthal as anti-Semites.
The limits of acceptable opinion: Bay State Banner is not interested in a piece on Palestine by a regular contributor
Only 407 Israeli academics signed a petition asking the Israeli government to allow Palestinians the same freedom enjoyed by Israeli academics. Out of 10,000 to whom the petition was circulated.
Not long ago, Jews were seen as infiltrators. Jews were the prototypical fifth column, Marc Ellis writes at Mondo. Now it’s critics of Israel who are infiltrating
In a scaled back ceremony early Tuesday morning 18 Palestinians returned to the West Back in the third round of prisoners released by Israel during the U.S.-backed direct negotiations. Families of the released prisoners still gathered to welcome loved ones home, but perhaps reflecting the malaise towards the ongoing negotiations the crowd was noticeably smaller than past releases.
Susan Abulhawa evokes the condition of el-ghorba or exile, in a poetry collection about the conflict in a Palestinian’s soul between the tradition she has lost and the western conditions that have been forced on her
El Al airlines promotes tours to the Golan Heights, but doesn’t tell prospective travelers to Israel that the Golan is occupied territory.
New York Times reporter Laurie Goodstein describes Hillel International’s muzzling of debate from the standpoint of students who object to the standards
This is the author’s third diary of her life in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
IMEMC — [Friday Dec 27] The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainee published its annual report stating that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, this year, 3,874 Palestinians, including 931 children. Four detainees died in 2013.
A letter to Cyndi Lauper from an Israeli activist. Lauper is planning to preform in Israel in January, 2014.
Afraid that Netanyahu will agree to a John Kerry proposal that might some day give Palestinians sovereignty in the Jordan Valley, an Israeli governmental ministers’ committee voted today to annex the occupied land on the border of the West Bank with Jordan.
The Dormition Abbey is enabling the occupation so long as the abbot there fails to rail against the occupation with the Israelis who are attending midnight mass
Thousands of African asylum-seekers, joined by Israeli supporters, held a silent march through Tel Aviv last night. Many carried signs with immigration ID number in an effort to remind Israelis of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. And one sign quoted from Exodus in Hebrew, “…ye were strangers in the Land of Egypt.”
Ari Shavit says that progressive American Jews need Israel like “oxygen” so as not to assimilate. His is a culturally-conservative argument
‘Look where the world is and where we are!’ an exclamation I very frequently heard at home, and even expressed myself at some points. Going out to this world though, makes this thought invalid. It is a world where a major concern is offering dogs a better life, healthier food and softer napkins because humans do not have problems to worry about. In this world, brains are squeezed to figure out what problems may occur in 2050, and how they can be solved because there is nothing to solve at the moment other than the fact that there aren’t comfortable couches and free Wi-Fi in shopping centres. People are not worried about water supply or power cuts, when to do the laundry or how to charge the laptop. All the basics are available, and what is sought is only to better the quality of life.
oday mainstream Christian denominational support is for various forms of BDS. This shift has to do with the unintended consequences of Israel’s military success. Large parts of the Christian world have undergone a de-colonial shift precisely at the time that Israel has become a major colonial power.
The height of hypocrisy: Israel says Palestinian farmers must do a better job of protecting their occupied land from illegal colonists’ attacks
Larry Derfner at +972 counters the claim that the ASA boycott is singling Israel out, writing, “If you look at the serious, painful punishments the world metes out to oppressor nations, Israel is not being singled out, it’s being let off the hook.”
Jews are our brothers, not Muslims, a Christian Israeli argues in the Wall Street Journal. A sign of hasbara to come…
Today in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh Palestinian activist Manal Tamimi was shot at point blank range in the leg by an Israeli border policeman. There are also reports that at least three others were injured during Friday protests in the village.
By examining the language and assumptions of the backlash against the American Studies Association boycott vote we acquire greater understanding of how Zionism functions in the institutional spaces that both inform and comprise state power. Stanley Fish in particular exemplifies the problems of liberal authority vis-à-vis boycott of Israel.
Two New York Democrats are planning to introduce legislation early next year that would cut off state aid to schools that retain membership in the ASA. Dov Hikind, a right-wing Orthodox power broker, and Jeffrey Klein, the State Senate co-leader, plan to introduce the bill early next year. The measure would give schools a month to withdraw their membership from groups like the ASA–or else lose funding.