The struggle for Palestine is inextricably linked to the struggle against the authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. Recent moves by Gulf monarchies to normalize with Israel will only make their rule more unpopular and empower the BDS movement.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Tamam Abusalama reflects on Palestinians’ personal and collective trauma: “Nearly 20 years after the eruption of the Second Intifada, I still freak out each time I hear ambulance sirens and thunder, or see a soldier or a helicopter. My heart beats so fast that it takes me back to Gaza, trapped with my people and my family during war.”
Forty years ago, Israel used assassinations, sabotage, and targeted strikes to set back Iraq’s nuclear program. Today it is following a similar playbook in Iran.
46 years ago, the Arab League led the way in recognizing the PLO as “the sole, legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,” but today those same states are leading the drive toward normalization with Israel. The Arab League appears to have abandoned the Palestinians.
With shared interests in arms, oil, and countering Iran, Azerbaijan and Israel have established a close strategic partnership over the past decade and a half. Today, the victims of this alliance are the children, women, and men in Nagorno-Karabakh, who are being killed by Israeli drones and banned cluster munitions.
Angry that foreign policy isn’t in the last debate, Donald Trump believes his record, including Israel normalization deals and breaking the Iran deal, are a political asset. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris appear to agree, avoiding the topic entirely.
In “The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex,” Lila Corwin Berman takes a deep — and brave — dive into the inner financial workings of the American Jewish community role in contributing to the entire American philanthropy industry.
A small town theater company’s presentation in New York of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie,” 17 years after her death, shows the impact her writings continue to have. As four young women voice her idealism.
Why British universities should resist the Johnson government’s demand that they adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism: If you’re a Palestinian student studying at a British university this is about your right to express your lived history and that of your family and people. Denying the expression of that experience would seem to go against any ambitions to be truly diverse, inclusive and welcoming institution.