On Sunday, Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders confirmed that he would be skipping this year’s AIPAC conference and attacked the pro-Israel organization on his Twitter page.
Monthly Archives: February 2020
Robert Cohen reviews Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt, which follows an extended Viennese family across three generations and half a century of deteriorating Jewish history. “Jewish 20th century history is so often presented as one long justification for the project of Jewish national renewal,” Cohen writes, “so it was curious to see such a major artistic telling of Jewish experience leaving Zionism offstage.”
Tensions have sparked again in Gaza after a disturbing video showing an Israeli bulldozer dragging the body of a Palestinian who was shot just moments before along the border fence between Gaza and Israel. The video was circulated on social media over the weekend, drawing outrage from activist groups and Palestinians who described it as a war crime.
A horrific video has emerged of an Israeli military bulldozer and tank invading the Gaza Strip to take the bodies of two Palestinians killed by the IDF.
Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village. An Israeli army bulldozer was filmed pushing large rocks towards the protesters in the village, injuring a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Shtewi, 9, who was treated at the scene.
Should billionaires exist? Phil Weiss says the question of the day echoes and exposes the famous question, Does Israel have a right to exist? “The issue ought to be dealt with in the same detached manner as Sanders and others have handled the billionaire question,” Weiss writes.
Writer Eric Flamm says after four trips to Israel, his 15-year-old son has become an anti-Zionist and supports BDS. “Because he couldn’t support the notion that in Israel the Jews received preferential treatment over Palestinians in all aspects of life, such as education, housing, employment, and access to justice.”
Malek Issa, 8, was shot in the face with a rubber-coated bullet by an Israeli police officer as he was on his way home February 15 in occupied Jerusalem. Israeli police said an officer claimed to have fired his weapon at a wall for “calibration” purposes, and thought Issa was hit by an alleged Palestinian stone-thrower.
The Shift is a weekly politics newsletter from Michael Arria taking you to the front lines in the battle Palestine in the United States. Got a tip? Send them to [email protected] Sign up for The Shift and other Mondoweiss newsletters here. Let’s Reminisce About the Time Betty McCollum Kicked AIPAC Lobbyists Out of her Office […]
In a humorous video intended to dispel the rumors about intense tensions within the “cockpit” of four leaders of the Blue and White party – Benjamin Gantz, Yair Lapid, Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon, and Gabi Ashkenazi – Lapid is heard telling Ashkenazi that “Bogie was quite a murderer in the army, in his military career.”
Israel is planning to build a new Jewish settlement of 6,000 to 9,000 units in the Atarot area of East Jerusalem — on a swath of land that was slated by US President Donald Trump’s peace plan to go to the Palestinians.
Brad Parker explains, “Everybody can understand the physical violence against a child. I think that’s a universal red line that exists for most people. And in that, I think was the overarching sort of consideration in shaping the campaign. We wanted to have something that was really basic, straightforward, accessible, relatable so that it expanded the movement and also complemented the other things that were happening.”
Netanyahu’s discussion of Palestinian submission to the “radical” and “historic” terms of the Trump “peace plan” sounds very much like surrender. Recognize Israel as “the Jewish state,” accept Israeli sovereignty over much of the West Bank, including every Jewish settlement. Accept Israeli military control forever. Netanyahu laid out these terms in a speech to rightwing American Jews from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Trump’s “Deal of the Century” ends the two-state paradigm by endorsing Israel’s “Nationality Law” of 2018 and longstanding Zionist and biblical assertions about Jewish claims to the land and the absence of national rights of the indigenous population: the Palestinians.
Benny Gantz plays into Netanyahu’s racist attack, and says he will refuse to have the Palestinian Joint List as participants in a government, preferring the rightwinger Liberman, as if the math makes sense. It doesn’t. Gantz needs the Joint List. He spurns Palestinians because of primal Israeli Jewish fears that by welcoming the other into the Zionist community, Jews will want to leave the fold.
The pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC once prided itself on doing its business in the dark. But today loving Israel too much is being politicized in the age of Trump. The battle between the liberal Israel lobby and the rightwing Israel lobby portends a day when leftwingers who support boycotting Israel will not be railroaded instantly from US politics.
As NY Mayor, Mike Bloomberg said BDS supporters want Israel to be “torn apart.” But he said trying to suppress BDS advocates’ free speech rights would help the movement. “If [you] just shut up, it would have gone away! It would be a bunch of kids on a campus. Nobody would have gone to listen to them and nobody [would have] seen it. Now they’ve created the very monster that they say they’re opposed to.”
In his new book “The Hundred-Years’ War on Palestine,” historian Rashid Khalidi takes off the academic gloves and breaks the spell of the Zionist nationalist dream by relating his own legendary family’s long resistance to colonialism in Palestine.
Valentine’s Day season in Gaza is when the best pop songs are released, when everyone on the streets was wearing red, and when all the locally grown roses were nearly sold out, Hani Almadhoun of UNRWA writes. But spouses’ inability to support families is driving the divorce rate up.
Condemnation for the recently-published UN list of companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements has been across the Zionist spectrum in Israel, and it’s pretty much the same in the US Congress.
Michael Bloomberg is a longtime supporter of Israel and he’s defended the country’s worst atrocities.
Haim Bresheeth refers himself to the UK Labour Party’s Compliance Unit for ‘antisemitism’ because his lifetime of activism against Israeli human rights violations would seem to fit their definition.
Analysis of several recent incidents shows how factually questionable, or even provably false, reports are of a fictional campus antisemitism crisis.
The idea of a global family in which we are all interdependent spurred Bob Peck to make a documentary about the persecution of the Palestinians three years ago. The documentary is now out and available for free on Youtube.
Jared Kushner believes that Palestinians will choose international funds instead of political freedom. He’s wrong. 94 percent of Palestinians oppose his plan. 82 percent think the plan makes the conflict an “existential conflict,” and 64 percent support armed struggle or intifada as a response to the plan.