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February 2019

Mondoweiss is growing! We need skilled, passionate people to fill two positions

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We are pleased and proud to announce that the team here at Mondoweiss will be growing this spring. From a one-man operation in 2006, we’ve grown to a core team of eight today, plus hundreds of freelance contributors each year. The two positions we are looking to fill now are 1) a U.S.-based news reporter and 2) an Individual Giving Manager. Both openings require, above all, a passion and dedication to the mission of sharing the facts about Palestine with a global audience, in order to strengthen the struggle against systematic oppression.

One Friday in Gaza

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Jen Marlowe with Fadi at the Great March of Return in Gaza.

Jen Marlowe shares a day in the life from Gaza: “The Great Return March earlier that day had been a blur of action. Ribbons of tear gas and repeated bursts of live fire, sometimes followed by shouts of “Someone’s wounded!” Was the last of these incidents that I witnessed the moment that Yousef had been shot in the chest and killed?”

Batya Ungar-Sargon and the delusions of Liberal Zionism

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Jewish Power Party member Baruch Marzel copies pose of Zionism's founder Theodor Herzl in an undated photograph.

Liberals like Batya Ungar-Sargon and Bari Weiss may argue that the racism of the Jewish Power Party is not their vision of Zionism, but Jonathan Ofir says the Kahanists represent the reality under Zionism.

France’s Macron leads the way as western leaders malevolently confuse anti-Zionism with antisemitism

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Jonathan Cook says that elites in the U.S. and Europe have moved on from their once-defensive posture that Zionism is not racism. Now, they are on the attack. Their presumption is that anti-Zionism is synonymous with racism and across the West there are efforts to codify this into law. Nowhere is this clearer than in France where Emmanuel Macron recently threatened to outlaw anti-Zionism.

The curious case of US domination of Palestine-Israel peacemaking

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President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

Americans who want to push for a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine need to break free of the mindset that it’s somehow “desirable” or even “normal” for the U.S. monopoly over the peace process to continue.

Thirty-five years ago Likud wouldn’t conceive of sitting down with Kahane. What changed?

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The shock of Netanyahu’s deal with the Kahanist Jewish Power party is that it shows there is growing establishment support in Israel for a final ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people: “The right-wing does speak about it openly, but the Kahanists do. Some 10% of the Jewish population of Israel have been speaking about “a second Nakba” even as they denied the first; now Likud joins them.”

Thane Rosenbaum and Jonathan Mark suggest Arab Muslims don’t belong in America

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Jewish Broadcasting Service hosts a hot-tub of xenophobia and Islamophobia, as Jonathan Mark of the Jewish Week says immigration is the “nurtured baby issue” of the Democratic Party and Tlaib, Omar, and Ocasio-Cortez host districts of “new” people who come from “anti-semitic” countries, and Thane Rosenbaum of NYU says that 70 to 90 percent of Muslim Arabs believe in sharia law and therefore don’t belong in a pluralistic, constitutional democracy.

Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the PA?

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Mahmoud Abbas

Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis might be setting the stage for the end of the PA as the Trump administration prepares to launch its long-awaited “peace deal.”

Kamala Harris told AIPAC she backs Israel because of civil rights struggle in Selma, 1965

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Many people have compared Palestinian conditions to the Jim Crow south, from Jimmy Carter to Condoleezza Rice to Rashida Tlaib. So it’s jarring to learn that Sen. Kamala Harris, in private comments to AIPAC last year, said the famous civil rights march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 inspires her to build a bridge with Israel supporters.

Video: Dialysis patients in life-or-death situation as Gaza faces new fuel crisis

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Gaza’s hospitals have been thrown into crisis once again, as they face another massive fuel crisis. Gaza’s health ministry says they need 300,000 liters of fuel as soon as possible to avoid the shutdown of several hospitals. Among those who are the most vulnerable are children on dialysis, who are facing a struggle to survive. 

Except for Palestine

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Steven Salaita on why ‘Progressive Except for Palestine’ is a lie: “a progressive or feminist (or socialist or anti-racist or whatever) with shit politics on Palestine isn’t somebody with an inconsistency; it’s somebody with shit politics in general.  Supporting Israel isn’t a respite from otherwise admirable ethics; it portends ethical flaws across a range of issues.”

Gantz’s effort to bring down Netanyahu may hinge on– AIPAC and a Palestinian party

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Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi celebrate their Taal-Hadash list, splitting off from the Joint List

The unprecedented criticism of an Israeli prime minister by AIPAC and the splitting of the Palestinian parties into two lists may represent Israeli centrist Benny Gantz’s only road to knocking off Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections. Netanyahu is already calling Gantz an “Arab-lover” while Gantz has criticized Netanyahu for endangering Israel’s crown jewels, its ties to the U.S. government.

Bari Weiss clumsily regurgitates old hasbara talking points

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Bari Weiss recycles old pro-Israel talking points. Her line, “if you were an alien that landed from outer space, you would think that the greatest oppressor in the world” is Israel sounds a lot like Alan Dershowitz in 2002: “If a visitor from a far away galaxy were to land at an American… university… he would probably come away with the conclusion that the Earth is a peaceful and fair planet with only one villainous nation.”

Soldiers beat a blind Palestinian man bloody in dawn raid in occupied West Bank

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Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday at dawn, a blind Palestinian man who also suffers from a kidney disease, after invading his home in Doha town, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. “We first thought that they were thieves, and they started beating me up while shouting at me ‘we are the Israeli Defense Force’,” Monther Mezher said.

Shimon Peres helped kill the two-state solution in the 1980s, Amos Oz reported

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Back in 1983, a settler leader explained to the writer Amos Oz that Defense Minister Shimon Peres had allowed the settler movement to thrive in the West Bank and they only needed to get to 100,000 settlers in five years to end the possibility of a Palestinian state “for good.” So why has the US establishment ignored this truth — there will not be a two-state solution — for 30 years?

Ultra-nationalists join forces ahead of Israeli elections as liberal and Palestinian blocs splinter

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Benny Gantz partnered with Yair Lapid and Benjamin Netanyahu teamed up with the “David Dukes” of Israeli politics as Israeli parties joined forces ahead of the deadline to find running partners for the April elections. Jonathan Ofir explains where things stand now: “Gantz and Lapid, with their accompanying generals, may possibly succeed in unseating Netanyahu – but they will not unseat Zionist ultra-nationalism. They are running on that ticket too.”

Photo Essay: Palestinians hold annual Open Shuhada Street demonstration in Hebron

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Palestinians took to the streets in Hebron to commemorate when a US-born Israeli settler named Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinian worshippers in the Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994, killing 29 and wounding more than 100. The protests this year were held at a time of heightened tensions in the city following the Israeli government’s expulsion of international human rights observers from the city.

The double standard when discussing Israeli racism

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Alice Rothchild says it is no longer acceptable for progressives and liberal minded Jews to ignore racist policies and practices in the Land of Israel that are increasingly condemned in the United States.

The gaslighting of Ilhan Omar

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That Israel’s own mouthpieces, including AIPAC, openly admit to using campaign cash to push pro-Israel legislation, should end any ambiguity: Ilhan Omar and all sensible citizens were being gaslit in the name of preserving the status quo and its decades of silencing Israel’s victims. This was especially clear in the liberal Zionist attacks on Omar, which sought reduce her criticisms of the lobby to little more than an anti-Semitic fantasy.