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December 2018

What Amos Oz tells us about the Israeli Left

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Danielle Alma Ravitzki on how Amos Oz embodied the racism and contradictions of Liberal Zionist ideology: “Oz was a mirror image of the ‘Israeli left wing,’ and supported more than a few massacres committed by Israel in Gaza, and spoke in favor of apartheid soldiers. He fatuously believed in the misleading, dangerous idea of a ‘humane apartheid’, so archetypical of the liberal left ideology which adores masculinity, cherishes militarism, and idolizes white supremacy. Oz was a living example of this infamous, and insidious ideology.”

Dispatch from Palestine: A year in review

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Looking back on this year, it is difficult to choose one moment, one tragedy, or one political decision that stands out among the rest. Palestinians witnessed a tumultuous year in 2018, as they saw hundreds killed from the West Bank to Gaza, their rights slowly stripped away inside Israel, and the heart of Palestinian identity, Jerusalem, pushed further out of reach. But as evidenced by the ongoing fight for the rights of refugees in Gaza’s Great March of Return, the fight against expulsion in places Silwan and Khan al-Ahmar, and the fight for equal rights as citizens in Israel, the fight for Palestinian rights continued as well.

The top stories of 2018

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David Rothkopf on the Israeli response to the Great Return March.

Happy new year from Mondoweiss! Here are our ten most read articles in 2018. This year we published more than 2,250,000 words across 1,254 articles which sparked more than 28,000 comments. If you appreciate what we do please considering becoming a supporter today to help us continue to grow our coverage of these critical issues. If you donate before the end of 2018 your donation will be MATCHED, doubling your impact.

Amos Oz and the end of liberal Zionism

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Marc Ellis on the passing of Amos Oz: “Like Wiesel, Amos Oz was a witness to the destruction and reemergence of Jewish life in the formative events of the Holocaust and the birth of the state of Israel. What they also experienced but couldn’t fathom was the formative event of Palestinian freedom as a demand on Jewish history. In missing the next question of Jewish life, while trying to deflect and demean those who did, Oz’s liberal Zionist witness became tarnished and, like Wiesel’s Holocaust consciousness, fated.”

Amos Oz was no dove

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Amos Oz, 1939-2018 (Photo: Michiel Hendryckx/Wikimedia)

Haider Eid reflects on Amos Oz, the Israeli writer who died at age 79: “Through his glorification of the kibbutz regardless of the fact that it is built on a stolen land belonging to native Palestinians, he became an active participant in, and defender of, the aggressive colonialist politics of his country. In his work Palestinians are (mis)reprepresnted as marginalized and passive characters, they are never active agents.  Oz’s literary work was truly a fusion of literature and Israeli ideology.”

Elections don’t make Israel a democracy

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The upcoming Israeli elections, usually a sign of democracy, will in fact demonstrate how the country is not a democratic state. The right to vote is only granted to 60% of the total population, and only one third of Palestinians who live under Israeli rule will have a say in the next government.

BDS victory: HSBC divests from Elbit Systems

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On the 10th anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza which killed over 1000 Palestinians in 3 weeks, the movement to ‘Stop Arming Israel’ is stronger than ever before. 

Report: Israeli settler attacks increased by 60% in 2018

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PNN: “According to Israeli information and reports, settler attacks on Palestinians classified as hate crimes have increased by 60%, from the previous year of 2017. Data indicate that, in 2017, there were 79 cases of aggression, but 2018 recorded 127 cases, which means approximately one assault every three days, to include the puncturing of car tires, the uprooting of trees, racist slogans painted on walls, physical assault, killing and assaulting animals.”

Sheldon Adelson was a giant loser in midterms — and Trump is letting him know it

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Trump tore up the Iran deal for Sheldon Adelson and moved the embassy to Jerusalem. But the megadonor’s millions in the midterm elections had none of the magic they did in 2016, as even Republicans in his home state of Nevada were crushed. And the transactional president is expressing his displeasure by taking some key moves against Israel’s interests.

My Judaism is anti-Zionism

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Being intermarried and assimilated, Phil Weiss wonders at Christmas what makes him Jewish; and he embraces the Birthright walkout and the great spiritual challenge his tribe faces today, to free itself from Zionism and the evils that ideology has generated in Israel and Palestine.

On the 10th anniversary of ‘Cast Lead’ — Palestine’s Sharpeville massacre

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Haidar Eid writes from Gaza on the 10th anniversary of Operation Cast Lead: “In 2009, we argued that Gaza 2009, like the Sharpeville 1960 massacre, cannot be ignored. It demands a response from all who believe in a common humanity. We never thought that we would witness worse massacres! Now is the time to boycott the Apartheid Israeli state, to divest from its economy and to impose sanctions against it. It is high time that the world imposes a military embargo on Israel the same way it did against the apartheid regime of South Africa.”

Video: Christmas in Palestine

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Christmas is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year in Palestine, as both Muslims and Christians enjoy the celebrations with family and friends. In Bethlehem, the festivities are over the top with marching bands, a tree lighting ceremony, fireworks, and a visit from the Palestinian president. Each year thousands of people from all over the world travel to Manger Square in December to experience Christmas in the birthplace of Jesus. Yet, the Israeli occupation is never too far from people’s minds.

Trump complains that ‘we give Israel $4.5 billion a year’ and more

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Trump complains about how much money the U.S. gives Israel. “We’re going to take good care of Israel… But we give Israel $4.5 billion a year.  And we give them, frankly, a lot more money than that, if you look at the books — a lot more money than that.” But Bret Stephen of the New York Times says Trump has been bad for Israel through his “isolationist” foreign policy in Syria.

Searching for Palestine in Lebanon

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Marion Kawas’ return to Lebanon came with disappointments, “In many areas, there is nothing left to recognize from 45 years ago, especially given the destruction that occurred during the years of the devastating civil war and the subsequent 1982 Israeli military invasion.”

How the 1960s civil rights and black power movements split on Israel

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In the late 1960s as black organizations began to weigh in on the national discourse on the Arab-Israeli conflict, black radicals and their critiques of Israel became a source of much anxiety for civil rights groups who fear support for Palestinians would jeopardize their cause.

Why I Do The Work, And Why I Need Your Help

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Thank you for making Mondoweiss a tool for liberation beyond what I imagined. When I look at this year’s stories–and what we can achieve for the future–I am proud to ask for your help.

On Alice Walker, Judaism, and Palestine

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Sarah Schulman comments on the discussion of Alice Walker and her conclusions about Judaism: “This is not a defense nor an attack, but rather an attempt to understand what is happening, why, and what it means.”

Israel heads to early elections as Netanyahu faces ongoing corruption investigations

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition announced on Monday that it would be dispersing the country’s Parliament and holding early elections in April 2019, seven months before their scheduled date next November. Israeli media and political analysts have speculated that the real reason behind the sudden call for snap elections is that Netanyahu wants an election before Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announces whether he will indict the premier in three different corruption cases. If he wins in April, Netanyahu will be able to claim the support of the people, and be better suited to combat potential charges against him.