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Fathom Highlight | The Left and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The path to righteous hatred / 25 July / 2017

Our Fathom Highlight this week is a timely and eloquent essay by Jamie Palmer which explores the impact on the politics of the Left of desperately simplistic narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that have been designed to protect the Palestinian’s preordained status as wholly blameless victims, lacking either political agency or moral responsibility. Also new this week is Liam Hoare’s review of All the Rivers, a novel by Dorit Rabinyan which was removed from the list of approved texts for Israeli high schools in 2015.

Our Voice of the Week is an Aspen Institute panel discussion on the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians under President Trump, featuring: Aaron David Miller, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Natan Sachs, Director at The Brookings Institution, Edward Walker, Former US Ambassador to Israel, Husam Zomlot, Palestinian envoy to the United States, and Ken Dilanian, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, NBC News.

Our Image of the Week is Amir Peretz speaking at a protest in support of the right of LGBT couples to adopt children, near the home of Israeli minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, in Tel-Aviv, 21 July, 2017.

The Left and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The path to righteous hatred

by Jamie Palmer

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In this timely and eloquent essay, Jamie Palmer explores the impact on the politics of the Left of desperately simplistic narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that have been designed to protect the Palestinian’s preordained status as wholly blameless victims, lacking either political agency or moral responsibility. Over the years, he argues, as the explanatory limitations of these narratives have encountered unfolding complexities on the ground – Arab terrorism, Palestinian maximalism and rejectionism, the suicide bombers of the Second Intifada, the...
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Book Review | All the Rivers
by Liam Hoare

It is hard to know how to talk about Dorit Rabinyan’s third novel, All the Rivers, an elegant, piercing chronicle of a love that begins...
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