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Democrats will continue to abandon Israel, no matter who is next P.M.

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What’s clear from Israel’s election is that the country has moved so far right, no one should expect any change in Israeli policy toward the occupation or Palestinian human rights, no matter who wins. And because Israeli policy is driving the U.S.’s deep partisan divide toward Israel, that will only deepen, James Zogby writes.

Teaching Edward Said in Gaza

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Edward Said

This week marks the anniversary of Edward Said’s death and Haidar Eid reflects on how the Palestinian intellectual’s work has impacted his own. “It is important at this time of turmoil, not only in Palestine, but also globally, to remember Said as he would have wanted us to remember him, out of place,” Eid writes. 

As Gaza’s economy goes into freefall, the debtors’ prison is overflowing

Yousef M. Aljamal on
A Palestinian man sits next to his cart where he hangs household items for sell in al-Nuseriat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip (Photo: Mohammed Assad) Mondowiess)

In Gaza, failing to pay a personal or bank loan is punishable by a maximum 91-day prison sentence. With the economy plummeting, more and more Palestinians are winding up in prison for loans taken out to cover household expenses and modest rents– 90,000 last year, by one report.

The only hope for Israel politically is… Palestinians

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Palestinians in Israel are far more liberal than Jews. Nearly 90 percent say they would support a Palestinian party being part of the government, while Israeli Jews reject that idea overwhelmingly. So the one group that doesn’t buy into Zionism is the only hope to save Israel from its rightwing intolerance; and it is time that American Jews understand that reality.

The climate emergency makes Zionism obsolete (but Judaism could help save the planet)

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A Palestinian girl passes through flooding water in the village of Ein Qiniya near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jan. 9, 2013. Extreme weather, including torrential rains and heavy winds, killed four people in Israel and the Palestinian territories on January 8, 2013, as widespread flooding swept the Middle East. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

Robert Cohen writes, with the global climate emergency upon us, “Zionism is one of many obsolete ideologies which needs to be ditched if we’re to build a sustainable future for all of us. In contrast, Judaism itself, shorn of its Zionist overlay, has plenty to offer as we look for radically different ways to relate to each other and the planet.”

Film charts failed experiment inviting Palestinian teens to become kibbutzniks 

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"The Voice of Ahmad," by directors Avshalom Katz, David Ofek & Ayelet Bechar, Shadi Habib Allah, Doron Djerassi, Noam Kaplan, Dan Geva, Mamdooh Afdile and Iddo Soskolne. (Image: IMDB)

The film “The Voice of Ahmad” is screening in Israel, following the journey of Ahmad Masrawa, one of hundreds of Palestinian teenagers in Israel who were adopted by a kibbutz, agricultural communes that were at the core of the Zionist movement’s efforts to Judaize lands just stolen from the Palestinian people.

Gantz and Netanyahu are cut from the same cloth, but we’d like to see Netanyahu in jail — Palestinians on the Joint List endorsement

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“There is not a huge difference between Gantz and Netanyahu,” Mohammad Lufti, a Palestinian on the West Bank, says of the Joint List’s endorsement of Benny Gantz. “They are all part of the same Zionist system and they all give us the same thing: more oppression and violence… But now Netanyahu will maybe go to jail for corruption.”

Support ‘Palestine Writes’, the first Palestinian Literature festival in North America

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Palestine Writes

Palestine Writes, the first Palestinian Literature festival in North America, is scheduled to take place in New York City on March 27-29, 2020, and will serve as a landmark for Palestinian culture in the United States. The festival will be the first chance for many people to hear the voices of some of the greatest living Palestinian writers, and organizers are looking to raise money to make sure this ambitious project is as successful as possible.

Israel’s Snap Election: The view from Gaza

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The results of the exit polls are shown on a screen at Benny Gantz's Blue and White party headquarters, following Israel's parliamentary election, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

Haidar Eid says there is nothing for Palestinians to celebrate about the Israeli elections. “Only secular democracy under the rule of law and in which ALL citizens are treated equally regardless of ethnic and religious origin is what should be celebrated,” Eid writes. “Anything short of that is a recycling of 19th century ethnic nationalism disguised in slogans that mean absolutely nothing to us Palestinians.”

The crumbled throne

Yossi Gurvitz on
Benjamin Netanyahu

The last decade in Israeli politics was all Netanyahu, all the time. The Israeli left twisted itself into a pretzel trying to get rid of Netanyahu and forgot about trying to end apartheid. Now it looks like the great hate monger is gone and the issues that matter may matter again.

Netanyahu again falls short, as he and Gantz appear deadlocked in Israeli election

Allison Deger and Yumna Patel on

Israelis went back to the polls for a second time in six months in a combative snap election between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is seeking his fifth term in office and already serving a record 13 years, and former general Benny Gantz. The first exit polls show there is no clear winner in sight.

Israel’s election will show: the ‘Jewish democracy’ gets more rightwing every year

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The Israeli election challenges Americans to recognize what “Jewish democracy” has produced: a rightwing society in which all the politicking has been on the far right, and even the center-left Blue White calls for expanding the illegal occupation and pounding Gaza. Palestinian parties are a sign of real democracy, but leading Jewish parties want nothing to do with them.

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.”