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January 2016

‘An Arab is an Arab’

Jonathan Ofir on

Seeking to define Palestinians as Arabs is another way that Zionist Israelis have sought to deny Palestinian nationality on the part of non-Jewish citizens, to secure the state’s definition as the “Jewish State,” and to finish the Nakba by denying the existence of Palestine, outside of a couple of Bantustans.

‘We are all Jews’ — the Holocaust as imperial export

Marc H. Ellis on

Obama’s speech at the Israeli Embassy saying We are all Jews shows the trajectory of Holocaust thought is Israel, unmindful of the horrific suffering Israel is causing the Palestinian people. Such thought then censors dissent on the consequences of the use of the Holocaust as a blunt instrument against the Palestinian people.

Park Slope Food Coop puts up firewall against boycott of Israeli goods

Philip Weiss on

Earlier this week, the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn held a general meeting at which it passed a measure to require a super-majority of 75 percent on resolutions to boycott products at the coop. The rule is aimed at holding back the forces that want to boycott Israeli goods.

Cultural Zionism good, political Zionism bad

Roland Nikles on

Bernard Avishai is right to extol the rebirth of Hebrew culture in Israel, but that does not justify political Zionism’s unending practices of ethnic cleansing and discrimination

Jewish West Bank settlers are as smug as white South Africans in 1980

James North on

James North writes that as he read through Phil Weiss’s superb reports on Jewish settlers in West Bank Palestine, he experienced an eerie sense of familiarity. From 1978 to 1983 North lived in southern Africa, writing articles and then a book about the struggle against apartheid. The people Weiss described so vividly reminded him of many of the white South Africans he met back then. He writes, “The resemblance is more than an attitude of colonial superiority. Beyond that, I recognized in Weiss’s settlers a similar feeling of self-confidence, the conviction that although the outside world could criticize all it wanted, no one was going to taken any serious actions to disturb their lives.”

Can there be poetry after Netanyahu?

Michael Marder on
Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu and his government are thoroughly complicit with the efforts to brand their political opponents and artists opposed to the status quo as traitors. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev recently tabled a proposal for a “Loyalty Bill” that would allocate government grants solely to artists supportive of the regime. The proposed legislation has been likened to the McCarthyist witch-hunts in the US of the 1950s, but we need not travel so far in time to find alarming parallels. It is obvious that the Israeli right is emulating above all Putin’s Russia of the 2010s.

In his war on Sanders supporters, Krugman forgets about Iraq

Donald Johnson on

Drumming support for Hillary Clinton, NYT columnist Paul Krugman name-calls Sanders supporters as “Bernie Bros” and forgets that Clinton supported the Iraq war, which really ought to have resulted in war crimes trials for our political class

Iraq war hangover is fueling anti-establishment candidates

Philip Weiss on

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are surging as anti-establishment candidates in their parties partly because they both opposed the Iraq War and there has never been any accountability for that horrible decision.

Israeli group Ad Kan continues attacks on anti-occupation activists with ‘expose’ of Anarchists Against the Wall

Allison Deger on

Two weeks ago a right-wing Israeli group called Ad Kan released an undercover video that claimed leftist Israeli activists were a driving force behind Palestinian violence. After the footage was aired on a major local news station three people were arrested on charges of conspiracy—one Palestinian and two Israelis. Now Ad Kan has released a second video, this time targeting the organization Anarchists Against the Wall as so-called “extremist Israeli activists” who “have a clear goal: to injure and kill IDF soldiers and police officers.”

There is no ‘post’ traumatic stress in Gaza because the trauma is continuous

John Soos, PhD on

John Soos traveled to Gaza with a delegation from Physicians for Social Responsibility to address the secondary trauma that mental health professionals there are struggling with. He writes, “Post traumatic stress disorder, as a clinical term, barely touches the enormity of the disabling psychological distress that permeates the reality of daily life here. There is nothing ‘post’ about a continual, unrelenting, multifaceted catastrophe.”

Israeli govt accelerates settlement construction, ‘opposition leader’ Isaac Herzog calls for electrified fence between Israel and West Bank

Kate on

“Opposition leader” Isaac Herzog posts on Facebook setting out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “Why [doesn’t the Netanyahu government] implement an effective separation? Why don’t they erect a wall? What’s the point of a fence if one can hop over or crawl under it? We don’t need a livestock fence. We need real separation that will truly block the terrorists. We can erect a real fence, topped with electrified barbed wire, one that can’t be traversed. Any weaker solution is wantonness that this government is responsible for. We need a fence that’ll deter murderers and defend civilians. We can do that and defend our civilians from terrorism and murder. That’s part of my separation plan.”

How many more orgasms will be had for Zionism?

Liz Rose on

At a Zionist summer camp in Michigan in the 1980s, author Liz Rose and other young Jews felt comfortable exploring their sexuality together and looked forward to taking that experience to Israel. It took her years to understand that her community was eroticizing the land of Israel and leaving out the Palestinian story.

Cut the Gordian Knot — a response to Ban Ki-moon’s landmark speech

Annie Robbins on

In his last year as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon gives a landmark speech saying it is only human nature for Palestinians to respond to 50 years of occupation and illegal settlement activity with violence, but the media are quick to swamp the story with Israeli PM Netanyahu’s reaction

Video: Life inside Hebron’s closed military zone

Sheren Khalel and Abed Al Qaisi on

Muhanned Qafesha, a resident of Tel Rumeida in Hebron, takes Mondoweiss through the arduous journey residents of the city have been subjected to since Israel made the town a closed military zone in November. Israeli soldiers detain and harass filmmakers Sheren Khalel and Abed Al Qaisi as they attempt to report Qafesha’s story.