Fighting Back Against COVID-19 in Israel’s Bedouin Community

By Ruth Ebenstein
Ruth Ebenstein examines the vulnerability of Israel’s Bedouin community during the pandemic and explores both the self-help measures... Read more > April 2020

Mandate100| 1920: A Pivotal Year Reexamined

By Yisrael Medad
Fathom is marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the British Mandate with a series of essays.... Read more > Article

Book Review | Israel’s Jewish Identity Crisis: State and Politics in the Middle East

By Michael Wegier
Yadgar’s book was born out of a difficulty he found while teaching at Berkeley of recommending reading that... Read more > April 2020

From Jo-Ann Mort to Donna Robinson Divine: Fathom writers share their favourite books and films (Week 2)

By Fathom Editors
Each week Fathom writers will recommend five Israel-related books, films or podcasts to help our readers through the... Read more > April 2020

Keir Starmer is UK Labour’s new leader. Will he set a new course on Israel and Antisemitism?

By Luke Akehurst
Sir Keir Starmer has been elected as the British Labour Party’s new Leader. Luke Akehurst, a former member... Read more > April 2020

Mandate100 | ‘A Clean Cut’ for Palestine: The Peel Commission Reexamined

By Oren Kessler
In this fascinating dive into the archives Oren Kessler reveals the dramatic exchanges that shaped Lord Peel’s 1936... Read more > March 2020

COVID-19: Blaming the Jews for the Plague, Again

By Lev Topor
From state television to the dark web, antisemitic conspiracy theories are being used by Islamists and white supremacists... Read more > March 2020

Book Review | Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny

By David Rodman
Israel faces a fateful decision. What should be the final status of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria... Read more > March 2020

From Hamutal Gouri to Andrei Markovits: Fathom writers share their favourite books and films about Israel (Week 1)

By Fathom Editors
Each week Fathom writers will recommend five Israel-related books, films or podcasts to help our readers through the... Read more > March 2020

Mandate100: A Fathom Special Issue

By Fathom Editors
Over the next several months Fathom will publish articles, interviews and book reviews to mark the 100th anniversary of... Read more > March 2020

Mandate100 | ‘People say I am a post-Zionist, but I am a non-ideological person, committed to storytelling’: Tom Segev on...

By Tom Segev
The Israeli historian Tom Segev’s books One Palestine Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate (2000) and... Read more > March 2020

Book Review | The Decline of the Left Wing in Israel: Yossi Beilin and the Politics of the Peace Process

By Colin Shindler
In an epoch of reaction, racism and populism, many ask how did Israel lose its way? Why did... Read more > March 2020

Zionist Responses to the Trump Peace Plan (1): The Failure of the Old Paradigm

By Yossi Kuperwasser
According to Brig.-Gen (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the real paradigm change in the Trump plan is that 'it deprives... Read more > March 2020

Zionist Responses to the Trump Peace Plan (2): Trump’s plan is mad, bad and dangerous to all

By Jack Omer-Jackaman
Jack Omer-Jackaman is the author of Caught Somewhere Between Zion and Galut: Israel, Zionism and Anglo-Jewish identity 1948-1982... Read more > Article March 2020

Book Review | Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East

By Simon Waldman
Soner Cagaptay is the director of the Turkish Research Programme at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy... Read more > March 2020

Fraternal Enemies: Israel and the Gulf Monarchies | An interview with Clive Jones

By Clive Jones
Fraternal Enemies: Israel and the Gulf Monarchies by Clive Jones and Yoel Guzansky is a revealing history of the complex and... Read more > March 2020

Arab Council Takes Aim at Arab Laws Banning Contact with Israeli Citizens: an interview with Mostafa El-Dessouki

By Mostafa El-Dessouki
At a watershed event in London last November, 32 prominent civil society figures from 15 Arab countries publicly... Read more > March 2020

Book Review | Antisemitism and the Labour Party

By Sarah Brown
Antisemitism and the Labour Party is an anthology of reissued articles and essays which sets out to provide... Read more > March 2020

Third Time Lucky, the Crown Still Belongs to King Bibi

By Jack Omer-Jackaman
Those disappointed by the seeming victory of the Likud leader in the 2 March 2020 elections should take... Read more > March 2020

Israel and the Soleimani assassination

By Yossi Alpher
In 1979, as the Mossad’s chief Iran analyst, Yossi Alpher discussed with the head of Mossad a request... Read more > March 2020

The ‘Anti-Deutsche’ and Israel: A Reply to Ha’aretz

By Stefan Frank
On 23 January Haaretz published an article by Ofri Ilany titled ‘Germany's pro-Israel Left Has a New Target... Read more > March 2020

Democratic Socialism, Israel and the Jews: An Interview with Michael Harrington (1975), with new preface by Mitchell Cohen (2020)

By Mitchell Cohen and Michael Harrington
The interview reproduced below, with Michael Harrington (1928-1989), the leading US democratic socialist of the second half of... Read more > March 2020

Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad's Fake Diving Resort: an interview with Raffi Berg

By Raffi Berg
One of Mossad's most daring operations was the creation of a diving resort to rescue thousands of Ethiopian... Read more > February 2020

Four things I learned talking to the world’s diplomats about Israel

By Jeremy Havardi
Jeremy Havardi is the Director of the B’nai B’rith UK’s Bureau of International Affairs (BBLBIA). In this candid... Read more > February 2020

Al-Wasatia: Reviving the Palestinian Peace Camp | an interview with Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi

By Mohammed Dajani Daoudi
The great grandfather was the custodian of David’s Tomb and Daoudi, in reference to King David, was added... Read more > February 2020

Book Review | The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts

By Paul Iddon
Following the infamous, and seemingly unstoppable, rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and its bloody takeover of large... Read more > February 2020

Feminism in Israel | Feminism and Israeli-Palestinian Peace: an interview with Sarai Aharoni

By Sarai Aharoni
Sarai Aharoni is Assistant Professor at the Gender Studies Programme, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and one of... Read more > February 2018

The Last Dove: an interview with Ehud Olmert

By Tal Kra-Oz
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was one of Ariel Sharon’s closest political allies; in 2005 the two... Read more > February 2020

IsraelVotes2019 | Understanding the blocs

By Dahlia Scheindlin
Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is a public opinion expert who has advised five national campaigns in Israel and in... Read more > August 2019

The genesis of the Trump plan lies in the Israeli Left | An interview with Efraim Inbar

By Efraim Inbar
Professor Efraim Inbar tells Fathom deputy editor Neri Zilber about the delusions of the Oslo Peace Process, the... Read more > February 2020

Fathom Book Reviews

By Fathom Editors
The Fathom editorial team are seeking reviewers for suitable books. If you would like to review one of... Read more > Article

Israel70 | Schooling for Peace: an interview with Dr Nava Sonnenschein

By Ruth Ebenstein
Dr Nava Sonnenschein is one of the founding members of the binational egalitarian community, Neve Shalom – Wahat... Read more > May 2018

Three views on the Trump Plan: (1) Palestinians choose ‘the cause’ over statehood

By Alex Ryvchin
Alex Ryvchin, co-Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), argues that the Trump Plan... Read more > February 2020

Three Views on the Trump Plan: (2) A deal that drains the two-state solution and the very idea of peace...

By John Lyndon
John Lyndon is Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP). He argues that the Trump... Read more > February 2020

Three Views of the Trump Plan: (3) Building a Better Trump Plan

By Michael Koplow
Michael J. Koplow is Israel Policy Forum’s Policy Director, based in Washington, DC. He argues that Instead of... Read more > February 2020

In Defence of the IHRA Definition

By Bernard Harrison and Lesley Klaff
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, the authors claimed that Sir Stephen Sedley, writing in the... Read more > January 2020

British Christian Zionism (Part 2): the work of Laurence Oliphant

By Philip Earl Steele
The literary, diplomatic and direct organisational efforts of the British Christian Zionist Laurence Oliphant were central to the... Read more > January 2020

Book Review | We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel

By William Kolbrener
Daniel Gordis’s We Stand Divided is the latest book on the growing rift between American Jews and Israelis.... Read more > January 2020

The Old Left is Dead. Israel Needs a New One.

By Etan N. Nechin
When Israel goes to the polls for a third time in a year, the Labor party might well... Read more > January 2020

Emily Landau (1960-2020): A Tribute

By Azriel Bermant
Azriel Bermant pays tribute to Fathom advisory editor Emily Landau who died 6 January 2020. It was with... Read more > January 2020

Thucydides Goes to Washington: an interview with Michael Doran about US Grand Strategy in the Middle East

By Michael Doran
Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. specialising in Middle East security... Read more > November 2019

The UK Election 2019 | Corbyn’s legacy is that political antisemitism has re-entered the British mainstream

By David Hirsh
David Hirsh, author of Contemporary Left Antisemitism argues that Corbyn’s movement has left behind many thousands of people... Read more > December 2019

The UK Election 2019 | In Stoke North, Labour voters saw Corbyn as a wrong ‘un

By Jane Ashworth
Jane Ashworth is a Labour councillor in Stoke and the co-founder of Engage, the anti-racist campaign against left... Read more > December 2019

The UK Election 2019 | The roots of left antisemitism go deeper than Corbynism. They lie in the fatal partnership...

By Peter Mason
Peter Mason is the National Secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement, and a Labour Councillor in the London... Read more > December 2019

The UK Election 2019 | Antisemitism is not the preserve of the left. This right-wing victory carries its own dangers...

By Sacha Ismail
Sacha Ismail is a supporter of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, a small radical socialist group which has... Read more > December 2019

The UK Election 2019 | Britain has escaped political paralysis. To do the same, Israel must dislodge Netanyahu

By Toby Greene
In 2019 both the UK and Israel have been politically paralysed. Like or loathe Boris Johnson, Thursday’s election... Read more > December 2019

The BDS Faith: Judaism without Zion

By William Kolbrener
Jews don’t know what antisemitism is because they don’t have the right definition of Judaism. Such is the... Read more > December 2019

Book Review | After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East

By Brandon Marlon
We’ve encountered the toponyms repeatedly in the headlines: Sinjar. Raqqa. Kirkuk. Kobane. Baghuz. But we’ve done so from... Read more > December 2019

‘If we insist on 100 per cent of the land, we will end up like Lebanon: it will be an...

By Ephraim Sneh
Ephraim Sneh is a former Deputy Defence Minister of Israel. He was a member of the Knesset for... Read more > December 2019

Book Review | Social Justice and Israel/Palestine

By Donna Robinson Divine
In the introduction to Social Justice and Israel/Palestine, Aaron J. Hahn Tapper and Mira Sucharov reflect on their... Read more > December 2019

Gas and foreign policy: how Israel is leveraging energy to stabilise the region and advance geostrategic objectives

By Ezra Friedman
Ezra Friedman writes that the discovery of gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean has given Israel, long perceived... Read more > December 2019

Book Review | Doves Among Hawks: Struggles of the Israeli Peace Movements

By John Lyndon
Plays tend to have three acts. In his excellent and very timely ‘Doves Among Hawks: Struggles of the... Read more > December 2019

Book Review | Israel Denial: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism & the Faculty Campaign Against the Jewish State

By Eve Garrard
This is a horrifying book. Not because it's a bad book – on the contrary, Cary Nelson has... Read more > November 2019

Obama, Trump and the collapse of the American position in the Middle East

By Kyle Orton
The disastrous foreign policies of two presidents are bringing about the collapse of America’s position in the Middle... Read more > November 2019

Zeruya Shalev: On ‘Pain’ And Her Role As Israel’s Literary Therapist

By Liam Hoare
The translation of Zeruya Shalev’s 2015 novel Pain should be the moment she assumes ‘her rightful place in... Read more > November 2019

The case for a Minority Government to end the deadlock in Israel

By Assaf Shapira
Assaf Shapira of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) argues that if the choice is between a minority government... Read more > November 2019

The ‘Martyrdom’ of Saint Philoumenos: the anatomy of a modern antisemitic ritual murder libel

By David Gurevich
During the medieval epoch, Christian antisemitism spread the libel that Jews engaged in the ritual murder of non-Jews,... Read more > November 2019

Book Review | The Impact of Zionism and Israel on Anglo-Jewry’s Identity 1948-1982: Caught Somewhere Between Zion and Galut

By Azriel Bermant
Jack Omer-Jackaman’s book could not be more timely given the challenge facing Diaspora Jewry today, with heightened concerns... Read more > November 2019

With Sovereignty Comes Responsibility: East Jerusalem and Liberal-National Values

By Noa Lazimi
Noa Lazimi, former research coordinator at the Institute for Zionist Strategies (IZS) proposes a new approach to tackling... Read more > November 2019

Book Review | Bad News for Labour: Antisemitism, The Party & Public Belief

By Sarah Brown
Bad News for Labour: Antisemitism, The Party & Public Belief sets out to reveal ‘the reality behind the... Read more > November 2019

UK Labour and Israel: the little-noticed shift in party policy

By Luke Akehurst
While the four-year long controversy over antisemitism in UK Labour has monopolised media attention, the 2019 UK Labour... Read more > October 2019

Can new leaders salvage the EU-Israel Relationship?

By Margaux Nijkerk
With leadership changes on the horizon in both Brussels and Jerusalem, both Israelis and Europeans will have the... Read more > October 2019

Book Review | Legacy of Empire: Britain, Zionism and the Creation of Israel

By Bruce Maddy-Weitzman
A better title for this book would have been Original Sin: Britain’s Embrace of the Zionist Movement. In... Read more > October 2019

The Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Affair - what we learned about the Democratic Party

By Yossi Kuperwasser
Regardless of whether Israel’s policy was wise, the most important aspect of the affair was what it revealed... Read more > October 2019

The BDS mindset is a challenge to liberal democracy here, as well as in Israel. Centrists must defend a precious...

By William Kolbrener
William Kolbrener is professor of English Literature at Bar Ilan University and the author of several books including Milton’s Warring... Read more > October 2019

Book review | Erdogan Rising: The Battle for the Soul of Turkey

By Michael Sercan Daventry
When the US announced that it was pulling out of northeast Syria and Turkish forces began pouring in,... Read more > October 2019

Understanding Online Antisemitism: Towards a New Qualitative Approach

By Matthias J. Becker
Matthias Becker is a research fellow at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at TU Berlin and the... Read more > October 2019

Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

By Michael Walzer
Michael Walzer is editor emeritus of the democratic left magazine Dissent and an advisory editor of Fathom. He... Read more > October 2019

Book Review | Behind the Mask: The Antisemitic Nature of BDS Exposed

By Cary Nelson
‘The world would be soooo much better without jews man.’ This post from a social media account appears... Read more > October 2019

Special Offer from The Jewish Review of Books

By Fathom Editors
A special offer for our friends at Fathom: Get a digital subscription for 70% off of the list... Read more > Article

Jerusalem: the contours of a possible agreement

By Meir Kraus
Meir Kraus was the head of the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research between 2009-2016 and is currently a... Read more > October 2019

Why Israel’s year of elections has left a foreign policy hangover

By Joshua Krasna
Joshua Krasna is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Programme on the Middle East and a... Read more > October 2019

Book Review | Bad News for Labour: Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief

By Stan Crooke
This review first appeared in the British socialist newspaper Solidarity. In February of this year, Chris Williamson, Labour... Read more > October 2019

‘My Stability Plan offers only partial self-determination but will allow the Palestinians to thrive’: Naftali Bennett’s Bottom-Up Peace Plan

By Naftali Bennett
‘Forming a Palestinian state along the lines that many readers of Fathom believe is the way forward would... Read more > Winter 2017

‘The Zionist Left needs to understand that change is impossible without us’: an interview with MK Ayman Odeh

By Ayman Odeh
21 per cent of Israel’s citizens are Arab-Palestinians. Since 2015 the leader of the Joint List – an... Read more > Autumn 2017

Israel70 | ‘Leadership is telling your own people things that are difficult to hear’: an interview with Yair Lapid

By Yair Lapid
According to the latest polls, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid is Israel's most liked politician after the Prime Minister.... Read more > May 2018

As economic crisis worsens, Iran threatens to reactivate nuclear programme

By Yaakov Lappin
In this essay, military and strategic affairs analyst Yaakov Lappin analyses the rationale behind the US ‘maximum pressure’ campaign,... Read more > June 2019

UK Strategy in the Middle East (1) | Alistair Burt on the UK’s regional role: is policy fit for purpose?

By Alistair Burt MP
On 2 July 2019 the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) organised a one-day conference to explore UK strategy... Read more > July 2019

UK Strategy in the Middle East (2) | Toby Greene on why populisms of left and right will prevent the...

By Toby Greene
On 2 July 2019 the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in collaboration with the Britain Israel Communications and... Read more > July 2019

The UK in the Middle East (3) | Emman al-Badawy on UK strategy and the region’s youth quake

By Dr Emman El-Badawy
On 2 July 2019 the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) organised a one-day conference to explore UK strategy... Read more > Article July 2019

The Word Crimes Controversy (6) | A personal reflection by John Strawson

By John Strawson
John Strawson was a contributor to the Word Crimes issue of Israel Studies Journal. He also taught in... Read more > July 2019

The Word Crimes Controversy (1) | Cary Nelson Reviews Word Crimes

By Cary Nelson
Editorial Introduction: The controversy sparked by the publication of Word Crimes: Reclaiming The Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the... Read more > May 2019

The Word Crimes Controversy (2) | Gershon Shafir responds to Cary Nelson

By Gershon Shafir
Editorial Introduction: The controversy sparked by the publication of Word Crimes: Reclaiming The Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the... Read more > July 2019

The Word Crimes Controversy (3) | Cary Nelson and Paula A. Treichler: A rejoinder to Gershon Shafir

By Paula A. Treichler and Cary Nelson
Editorial Introduction: The controversy sparked by the publication of Word Crimes: Reclaiming The Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the... Read more > July 2019

The Word Crimes Controversy (4) | Ilan Troen responds to Gershon Shafir

By Ilan Troen
Editorial Introduction: The controversy sparked by the publication of Word Crimes: Reclaiming The Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the... Read more > July 2019

The Word Crimes Controversy (5) | Donna Robinson Divine replies to Gershon Shafir

By Donna Robinson Divine
Editorial Introduction: The controversy sparked by the publication of Word Crimes: Reclaiming The Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the... Read more > July 2019

Explaining Failure: How Palestinian economic potential was denied during Oslo

By Mohammed Samhouri
Dr. Mohammed Samhouri is a former senior economic advisor in the Palestinian Authority, and a former senior research... Read more > July 2019

Israel and the Left: Three Studies of the Crisis: (1) IfNotNow and The Dyke March Controversy

By Daniel Kalick
IfNotNow’s support for barring the Jewish Pride flag from the Dyke March was another example of its failure... Read more > Article July 2019

Israel and the Left: Three Studies of the Crisis: (2) Jewish Voice for Peace’s antisemitic Deadly Exchange campaign

By Miriam F. Elman
The Deadly Exchange campaign falsely blames Israel and its Jewish American supporters for fueling discriminatory policing practices against... Read more > June 2019

Israel and the Left: Three Studies of the Crisis: (3) Israel Denial and the University

By Cary Nelson
A system is now in place to grant inaccurate and exaggerated ‘anti-Zionist’ claims credibility by giving them a... Read more > July 2019

Book Review | West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics, and the Cold War, 1965-1974

By Norman J.W. Goda
Acknowledging German guilt for the Holocaust, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer helped initiate in the early 1950s a relationship with... Read more > July 2019

Israel and the ‘Crisis of the Arabs’ | an interview with Asher Susser

By Asher Susser
Professor Asher Susser spoke with Fathom Deputy Editor Samuel Nurding on the eve of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty... Read more > June 2019

Book Review | The Great Betrayal: How America abandoned the Kurds and lost the Middle East

By Paul Iddon
The thesis of David E. Philips’ book The Great Betrayal: How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The... Read more > June 2019

Reflections on Jabotinsky’s 1906 pamphlet ‘The Bund and Zionism’

By Yisrael Medad
Yisrael Medad is deputy editor of the forthcoming critical English-language edition of the writings of the revisionist Zionist... Read more > June 2019

British Christian Zionism (Part 1): George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda

By Philip Earl Steele
The impact of George Eliot’s 1876 novel Daniel Deronda was central to the coalescence of the first Zionist... Read more > June 2019

Book Review | Understanding Israel: political, societal and security challenges

By Jacob Eriksson
Israel represents a collection of seeming contradictions. Though Theodor Herzl’s vision was a thoroughly secular one and the... Read more > June 2019

Zionism and the Left: an interview with Susie Linfield

By Susie Linfield
Susie Linfield is the author of The Lions' Den. Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam... Read more > June 2019

Albert Memmi: Zionism as National Liberation

By Susie Linfield
With kind permission from Yale University Press, Fathom brings you an extract from 'The Lions' Den: Zionism and the... Read more > June 2019

‘The Jewish State is a must. Democracy is a must’ | An interview with Elyakim Rubinstein

By Elyakim Rubinstein
Elyakim Rubinstein is the former Attorney General of Israel and served as the Vice President of Israel’s Supreme... Read more > June 2019

Ten ways the Palestinians failed to move toward a state during Oslo: Yair Hirschfeld's critique of Seth Anziska's Preventing Palestine

By Yair Hirschfeld
Yair Hirschfeld was one of the two original architects of the Oslo accords. In this extended critical review... Read more > June 2019

Not so reluctant: Menachem Begin and the Israel-Egypt peace negotiations

By Ziv Rubinovitz and Gerald Steinberg
Gerald M. Steinberg, Bar Ilan University and Ziv Rubinovitz, Sonoma State University are the authors of Menachem Begin... Read more > June 2019

The Cultural Revolution at the National Library of Israel

By Ruth Ebenstein
There are signs of a revolution at the National Library of Israel. One is an 8 x 7... Read more > June 2019

The Re-emergence of the Jewish Question

By Shalom Lappin
The Jewish communities of Europe and the US increasingly find themselves caught between the rising forces of the... Read more > May 2019

Removing certain kinds of Jews from anti-racist protection is wrong

By Keith Kahn-Harris
Keith Kahn-Harris’s book Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity is published in June 2019 by... Read more > May 2019

Radical Social Theory and the ‘Jewish Question’: The Priceless Legacy of Robert Fine (1945-2018)

By Dan Davison
Dan Davison writes a fitting tribute to the radical social theorist and political activist Robert Fine, who died in 2018.... Read more > May 2019

Book Review | Marxist Perspectives on Palestine/Israel

By Stan Crooke
‘A totalising perspective that can grasp the [Israeli] violence as an expression of the capitalist world... an analysis... Read more > April 2019 Article