Now that Obama’s pointless visit to Palestine and Israel is over (complete with a sandstorm that forced President Obama to actually see a checkpoint), we can look forward to things getting back to normal. We’re off preparing next weeks’ posts; and I use the first person plural because Monday will see Jeremiah’s Laments very first first guest blogger! So check back in next week for all of our regular features, plus Movie Monday, part 2 of our Gallup poll analysis, and (if I’m productive) a post about one state vs. two-state solutions.
In the meantime, here are my picks for this week’s must-read articles about Palestine and Israel:
- A few weeks ago, I argued that a central fallacy of U.S. discourse on Palestine and Israel was that it treated the conflict as one between two sovereign states. This week, Mya Guarnieri illustrates this argument perfectly, through an incredibly detailed look at how a seemingly internal matter of a University shutdown in Abu Dis, East Jerusalem is the product of Israel’s Occupation.
- Joseph Dana has a very interesting report on the fate of books confiscated by the Israeli state in the aftermath of the Nakba.
- Ben Ehrenreich has an excellent op-ed in the LA Times, focusing on Jewish anti-Zionist traditions to argue against the idea of a Jewish-only state.
- Al Shabaka published a policy brief by Osamah Khalil arguing for the need to do away with the PLO in favor of a more representative body. It makes for very interesting reading. For those not inclined to read through the dense policy paper, Electronic Intifada has a good cliff notes version here.
- Last week’s Phoning it in Phriday featured a story from IRIN Middle East about the planned E-1 settlement-colony being built just east of Jerusalem. This week, IRIN runs part 2 of that story, focusing on other settlement construction in East Jerusalem which, though just as dangerous and problematic as E-1, received hardly any media or international attention.
- Haggai Matar, despite an odd first paragraph, has a good report on teaching the U.S. Civil Rights struggle in Hebron, in advance of President Obama’s visit to the region. The resulting protests, including the violent response by the Israeli army and settler-colonists, can be read about here.
- Haaretz has a hilarious imagining of President Obama’s security check at Ben Gurion airport.
- Finally, this past Saturday marked the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie‘s death at the hand of the Israeli army in Gaza. the Institute for Middle Eastern Understanding has a great fact sheet on Ms. Corrie, for those less familiar with her life and tragic death. Here is a message from her parents.
You can find out more about the Rachel Corrie Foundation at their website.