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September 2019

Bari Weiss’s career is about to fall off a cliff, says Bari Weiss

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Bari Weiss

Bari Weiss’s book argues that if you embrace Zionism you will suffer ostracism and career reputational damage. But the last week she’s gotten treatment other authors only dream about, from cable networks to the 92d Street Y to a big-media party where everyone bewailed social media (because the leftwing dares to advocate for Palestinian human rights).

Palestinians are facing climate dystopia under Israeli apartheid

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A Palestinian poultry farmer inspects dead chickens at his farm in the central Gaza Strip, June 04, 2014. Gaza's agricultural sector suffered devastating losses during a heat wave that hit Gaza Strip.

In the world’s only settler-colonial apartheid state forcible transfer and climate adaptation denial are the name of the game. In a region where climate futures promise to be especially dystopic the ensuing crisis will either accentuate inequity and conflict, or prompt solutions for once and for all for everyone’s benefit.

The final push – can the Arab vote swing Israel’s election?

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Leader of the Joint List Ayman Odeh and leader of the Balad party Mtanes Shehadeh meet constituents around the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas in Haifa. (Photo: Miriam Deprez)

With only two days to go, the Joint List was campaigning for a last push to unseat Netanyahu is Israel’s snap election. “It’s simple,” Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List told Mondoweiss. If 65 percent of Palestinian citizens of Israel vote on Tuesday, “we will bring down Netanyahu.” 

The disastrous Trump-Israel-Saudi Arabia alliance could trigger a global economic crisis

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From left, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump and President Trump during the opening of an anti-extremist center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Saudi Press Agency)

The successful Yemeni rebel drone attack shows that the disastrous Trump-Israel-Saudi Arabia alliance could trigger a global economic crisis. The New York Times report was more concerned with the impact on the global oil price than with the human cost of the Saudi-led war against Yemen, which is a root cause of the attack.

An Israeli election that will decide nothing at all

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

After the Israeli election, there will be no end to occupation, no two-state solution. Israeli politics have moved so far to the right, that it is hard to understand why the US media continues to refer to Netanyahu’s opposition as a “center-left” coalition. American liberals have themselves to blame, for their passive opposition to expansive settlements and apartheid.

With friends like Israel, who needs enemies?

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Israel was responsible for a 2018 effort to spy on cell phones near the White House, Politico reports. The espionage reminds us that Israel is not a good American ally. It routinely denies entry to American citizens, it murdered American peace activist Rachel Corrie with a bulldozer, and in 1967 it killed 34 American sailors in an attack on the USS Liberty while it was in international waters.

California academics condemn detention of Birzeit professor

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Widad Barghouti (Photo: Palestine News Network)

California Scholars for Academic Freedom, a group of over 200 academics working in higher education in California, condemn in the strongest terms the brutal invasion by Israeli forces of the home of Professor Widad Barghouti and her subsequent detention without cause on September 1, 2019. 

As Israeli elections near, the right wing is polling ever stronger

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Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara wave as Netanyahu speaks following the announcement of exit polls in Israel's parliamentary election at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Today is the last day Israeli election polls may be published before the vote, and the latests gives Likud a substantial lead over Gantz’s Blue and White party. This suggests Benjamin Netanyahu may be in a good position to form a new right-wing government.

‘We have the most to lose, but no right to vote’: Palestinians under threat of annexation speak out on the upcoming Israeli elections

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An Israeli army jeep crisscrosses the Jordan Valley, on daily patrol in the area. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

With the topic of this year’s Israeli election focused heavily on annexation, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Area C — the more than 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli control — are hanging in the balance. Mondoweiss spoke to three Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank– in close proximity to settlements, Area C, and the Jordan Valley — that would likely be the first ones affected if Netanyahu sees his plans through.

Netanyahu and the two-state derision

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Netanyahu calls for annexing Jordan Valley and Jewish West Bank settlements, Sept. 10, 2019.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley has simply made obvious what Palestinians have known for generations: Israel is uninterested in affording them their right to self-determination.

Israel’s repeat elections and the Arab vote 

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

Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud says Israel’s repeat national elections grants the Palestinian leadership a golden opportunity to seek lessons from last April’s results where they dropped four seats and lost their standing as the third-largest party in the legislature.

Opposing Netanyahu, liberal Zionist group says: ‘Say Yes to Separation’ of Palestinians and Jews

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Netanyahu calls for annexing Jordan Valley and Jewish West Bank settlements, Sept. 10, 2019.

Netanyahu’s plan to annex large portions of the West Bank is a dire threat to US liberal Zionists and their dream of two states. But in condemning Netanyahu, one liberal group called for “separation” of Palestinians and Jews, clearly an affront to American progressives. While 10 other liberal Zionist orgs avoided the terms ‘Zionism’ and ‘Jewish state’ altogether– because they are now dirty words on the left.

Netanyahu fails to pass ‘racist’ bill that would have allowed for cameras at polling stations on election day

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Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to install cameras at Israeli voting stations failed on Monday after a parliamentary committee voted down his party’s proposed bill, which rights groups warned was aimed at lowering Palestinian turnout in next week’s elections. Palestinian MK Ayman Odeh took to Twitter on Monday to celebrate the failure, saying “Netanyahu is fighting a battle against Arab society, the judiciary, and the entire democratic space.”

Following Netanyahu’s lead, Israel’s troll army promotes new Netflix series starring Sacha Baron Cohen and takes aim at HBO’s ‘Our Boys’

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Act.IL is a worldwide pro-Israel campaign funded by the country’s government which sends thousands of trolls on missions to promote Israel and denounce pro-Palestinian stories on social media. Currently the app is pushing a Netflix miniseries based on the life an Israeli spy who did espionage work in Syria, while seeking to hurt the HBO series “Our Boys.”

For once, Sheldon Adelson needs Donald Trump more than Trump needs Adelson

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Trump fired John Bolton as national security adviser today, signalling his independence of donor Sheldon Adelson. Trump at last has the upper hand in his relationship with Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson because Netanyahu desperately needs Trump to deliver on OK’ing Israel’s annexation of Jewish settlements, a huge Zionist victory that Netanyahu promised voters today in a desperate bid for reelection. Trump will deliver, but at the price of Iran policy.