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The Mondoweiss holiday gift guide is here!

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Palestinians celebrate around a Christmas tree at the Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2012. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

The Mondoweiss holiday gift guide is here! From our favorite books, to dresses with hand-stitched embroidery, ethically produced Hanukkah candles, hand-crafted olive wood nativity sets, and of course Mondoweiss swag we’ve pulled together some of our favorites for your end of the year gift giving.

Mike Pompeo’s quid pro quo for Sheldon Adelson

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At the same time as he reversed decades of US policy on settlements, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly reached out to Sheldon Adelson for donor support to run for Senate in Kansas. And it’s not a scandal. Though the Israel lobby corrupts our foreign policy.

The challenges of parenting in Palestine

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Boshra Jabr shows a picture of her daughter and nieces in her home in the West Bank city of Hebron. (Photo: Megan Giovannetti)

Raising a three-year-old can be challenging for any parent. But parenting in Palestine comes with its own set of obstacles that extend far beyond answering tough questions.

Israel’s plan to build new settlement atop Hebron market evokes painful memories for residents

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Shuhada Street (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet, of the ultra nationalist “New Right” party, said on Sunday that a new settlement would be built on top of Hebron’s once bustling fruit and vegetable market, now referred to by locals as a ghost town. “The American government gave the greenlight to the Israelis to build settlements without consequence,” Mufeed al-Sharabati tells Mondoweiss.

Palestine is a climate justice issue – Israeli apartheid is not ‘green’

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(Image: Palestinian BDS National Committee)

The catastrophic climate crisis is fueled by global inequality and engineered by complicit governments and corporations that put profit before people and planet. Everywhere, the least powerful are the most affected. Indigenous Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and apartheid, with no control over their land or natural resources, are highly vulnerable to the climate crisis.

Smoke without fire: the myth of a ‘Labour antisemitism crisis’

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Faced with claims that Labour antisemitism poses an existential threat to Jews, on the one side, and arguments that antisemitism is neither widespread nor institutionalised in the party, on the other, it might be tempting to split the difference and assume that the truth lies somewhere in between. But Jamie Stern-Weiner and Alan Maddison say the truth of this controversy lies not in the middle but at one pole: there is no ‘Labour antisemitism crisis’.

Now they tell us! Peace processors say enabling Israel settlements has been US policy for 4 decades

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The New York Times gives Paul Wolfowitz a platform to criticize Trump on the withdrawal from Syria, and the fight against ISIS, without saying a word about the roots of ISIS in the destruction that his project of invading Iraq wrought throughout the region. Wolfowitz should be on trial for major war crimes, Helena Cobban writes, not featured in the New York Times.

British universities invest over £450 million in companies complicit in Israeli war crimes, per new report

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Research by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the U.K. reveals that British universities invest over £456 million in companies complicit in Israeli violations of international law. The research was published as hundreds of students across the country take action as part of ‘Apartheid Off Campus’ day of action, with banner drops and protests at campuses across the UK.

Britain’s Chief Rabbi is helping to stoke antisemitism

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Chief Rabbi Efraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Efraim Mirvis has no lessons to teach Corbyn or the Labour party about racism. In fact, it is his own, small-minded prejudice that blinds him to the anti-racist politics of the left. His ugly message is now being loudly amplified by a corporate media keen to use any weapon it can, antisemitism included, to keep Corbyn and the left out of power – and preserve a status quo that benefits the few at the expense of the many.

Ali Abunimah’s prophecy of Israel’s loss of legitimacy, 10 years after

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“I am convinced that the loss of legitimacy of the Zionist idea, of the idea of a special state for a special people, is irreversible, that that cannot be resurrected in the 21st century, a time when we at least preach if not practice universal rights and equality,” the writer Ali Abunimah said in a landmark speech ten years ago, and his remarks have proved to be prophetic in describing the anti-Zionist movement inside progressive life.

Palestinian shot in back amid laughter in shocking video comes forward

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Karam Qawasmi recounts being shot by laughing Israeli soldiers

Karam Qawasmi, a Palestinian man who was recorded last year in a shocking encounter where he was shot in the back while walking away from the camera with his arms stretched above his head, has come forward with new allegations of abuse surrounding the incident. 

The root cause of the conflict is the Israel lobby

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Israel would have reached a deal with the Palestinians and allowed a Palestinian state years ago if it did not have blind American support to go on taking more and more Palestinian land. The Israel lobby, which has prevented criticism in both parties in the U.S., is the root cause of the conflict, and the lobby’s role as Israel’s supporter in western capitals is a fundamental principle of Zionism.

Teaching students the conflict is ‘incredibly complicated’ is guiding them into an epistemological and moral void

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For all their talk of “complexity” and “ambiguity,” the contributors to “Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict” are in fact as politically and morally engaged as those putative classroom brainwashers and ideologues who serve as their whipping-boys. Instead of being more scrupulous and balanced in their pedagogy, these authors simply have a particular historical and ethical “take” on the subject. The Zionist-Palestinian conflict is not so very morally or politically ambiguous.

On ‘retaliatory strikes’ and ‘Israeli fear’

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A photo from the Haaretz article 'Sunny With a Chance of Rockets: No Casualties but Plenty of Confused Tourists in Tel Aviv' with the caption: "The beachfront in Tel Aviv, November 12, 2019. Other than a few tourists, the area was relatively deserted — despite Tel Avivians getting an unexpected day off." (Photo: Daniel Bar-On/Haaretz)

Western media has rationalized the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza by focusing on on Israel’s fears. Denijal Jegic writes these “fears” are a reflection of the structure that underlies the relationship between the settler-colonial state and the indigenous population.

The Gaza exceptionalism: from Samson to killing Sawarka family

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Palestinian students look on the pictures of members of Sawarka family who were killed by an Israeli airstrike, at their school, in Deir al-Balah, central of Gaza Strip on November 16, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Gaza has always been the exception throughout history. Starting from mighty Samson, to the Intifadas, Gaza was always there, regardless of the challenges, leaving its own mark on history and reminding everyone it in no way could be bypassed.

Zionism’s uneasy relationship with antisemitism

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A folk dance troupe in Kibbutz Dalia, January 5, 1945. (Photo: National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography dept. GPO)

Alice Rothchild grew up with a deep love for Israel, the redemptive, out-of the-ashes, kibbutz-loving, feisty little country that could do no wrong. Yet she writes, “it is often said, if we don’t know our history, we are destined and doomed to repeat it.”