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 > 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 > 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 > Fathom Long Read | The Meaning of David Miller According to Bristol University Professor David Miller, ‘Britain is in the grip of an assault on its public sphere by… Read more > Fathom Long Read | Accommodating the New Antisemitism: a Critique of ‘The Jerusalem Declaration’ Download and print a PDF version here.  In this comprehensive critique Cary Nelson argues that the recent ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ on… 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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His latest book, Israel’s Moment: International… Read more > ‘Calling a truce with left-wing antisemitism’: The Case Against the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism University College London’s governing Council voted in November 2019 to adopt the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) Working Definition of… Read more > The BDS Disinformation Campaign in the Modern Language Association In this comprehensive essay, Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and co-editor of The… Read more > It was the new phenomenon of Israel-focused antisemitism that required the new definition. David Hirsh responds to a recent ‘call to reject’ the IHRA 40 UK-based Israeli academics, broadly from the anti-Zionist left, have issued a ‘call to reject’ the IHRA Working Definition of… Read more > What should Biden do next on Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Iran? A review essay by Yair Hirschfeld Professor Yair Hirschfeld was a key architect of the Oslo Accords in 1993. In this review essay he assesses the policy frameworks being… Read more > The Special Relationship: Shoring Up Declining Sympathy for Israel among Democrats Jonathan Rynhold relates that while Democrats overwhelmingly hold a favourable view of Israel, the special relationship increasingly rests on Israel’s… Read more > Radical Social Theory and the ‘Jewish Question’: The Priceless Legacy of Robert Fine (1945-2018) Dan Davison writes a fitting tribute to the radical social theorist and political activist Robert Fine, who died in 2018. 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Of course… Read more > Still Standing, but Shaky: Jordan at 100 Asher Susser is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University (TAU). On the occasion of Jordan’s centenary, his… Read more > An Antisemitic Hoax: Lenni Brenner on Zionist ‘Collaboration’ With the Nazis The former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has defended his explosive claim that Adolf Hitler was ‘a Zionist’ by citing… Read more > My Israeli Music: Hamutal Gouri Hamutal Gouri is the former executive director of the Dafna Fund, a feminist fund working to promote women's organisations in Israel. She is founding… Read more > Perry Anderson’s House of Zion: A Symposium | Mitchell Cohen Perry Anderson and the House of Anti-Imperialism Editorial introduction to the Symposium: Perry Anderson’s long essay, ‘The House of Zion’,… Read more > Intersectionality and Antisemitism – A New Approach Karin Stögner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Passau, Germany and co-ordinator of the Research Network on Racism… Read more > Incoming! Watch out, Peter Beinart is Fighting the Good Fight (again) Peter Beinart backed the US invasion of Iraq. He called it ‘the Good Fight’ and wrote a 2006 book about… Read more > The UK and US can help build an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. The time is now. This journal has long argued that people-to-people peacemaking programmes on a grand scale are essential to advance the stalled Middle… Read more > 1967 | Nasser’s Antisemitic War Against Israel Matthias Kuntzel is the author of the award-winning book Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11. In… Read more > Thriving in Adversity: the past and future of Kurdistan in Iraq Combining clear-eyed political analysis with moving reportage, Gary Kent offers a comprehensive survey of both the multiple crises survived by… Read more > Remembering Robert Fine The late writings of Robert Fine, who died in 2018, can help us understand the manifold connections between the Enlightenment… 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 > Communists for the Jewish State: British Communists and the Daily Worker in 1948 'The British Mandate in Palestine is now ended and the Jewish State of Israel has been proclaimed … this news… Read more > Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in West Germany in the 1970s: Lessons for Today In this provocative analysis of discourse about Israel in West Germany in the 1970s, Martin Jander claims that far-Left and… Read more > From Hamutal Gouri to Andrei Markovits: Fathom writers share their favourite books and films about Israel (Week 1) Each week Fathom writers will recommend five Israel-related books, films or podcasts to help our readers through the lockdown.   … Read more > My Israeli Music: Michael Wegier In a new Fathom series, we invite guests to select their favourite Israeli music and tell us a little about each song.… Read more >