The Corbyn left: the politics of position and the politics of reason Abstract This paper is about a preference within contemporary left-wing culture for defining opponents as not belonging rather than seeking… Read more > Multi-stage Coordinated Unilateralism: A Proposal to Rescue the Two-State Paradigm In this wide-ranging and hopeful essay, Cary Nelson aims to move the international conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict away from mutual recriminations and… Read more > Fathom Long Read | Adorno and Iran: Critical Theory and Islamic Antisemitism ‘After Auschwitz’, said the German philosopher and social critic Theodor Adorno, we should embrace a new categorical imperative: ‘arrange your… Read more > Anti-Zionism and the Humanities: A response to Saree Makdisi This lengthy essay by two leading US professors challenges the world of academic publishing. 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In this extended critical review of Seth… Read more > Ending the ‘Universalisation’ of the Holocaust and the Wars Against Israel: The GDR People’s Chamber Declaration of 12 April 1990 To ‘universalise’ the Nazi crimes is to deny the uniqueness of the Holocaust and the murder of the Jewish people… Read more > Book Review | Hidden Heroes: One Woman’s Story of Resistance and Rescue in The Soviet Union From 1962, when Matzot for Russia’s Jews for the upcoming Passover holiday were dumped on the pavement in front of… Read more > Fathom Long Read | Antisemitism and the IHRA at University College London For twenty years Cary Nelson was part of the elected leadership of the American Association of University Professors, serving as… Read more > Feminism in Israel | Authoritarian governance and Islamist ideology versus women’s rights: an interview with Elham Manea Dr. Elham Manea is the author of The Arab State and Women’s Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance (2011) and Women… Read more >