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. They identify the symptoms of a… 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 > The Re-emergence of the Jewish Question The Jewish communities of Europe and the US increasingly find themselves caught between the rising forces of the far right… Read more > A Pandemic of Anti-Zionist Signification: Exploiting Gaza for Ideological Gain ‘Close and unprecedented’ was how the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory… Read more > Fathom Long Read | Valentina Azarova: A Controversy Assessed Debate rages about the possible appointment of Valentina Azarova to the position of Director of the Toronto Law School’s International… Read more > Pop Islam: How Germany is tackling the new Islamic antisemitism In 2018 Germany appointed the diplomat Dr. Felix Klein to the newly created post of Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish… Read more > Ken Livingstone and the myth of Zionist ‘collaboration’ with the Nazis In this meticulous rebuttal of the former Mayor of London’s charge that ‘you had right up until the start of… Read more > Mosul: after ISIS, what next? 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His latest book, Israel’s Moment: International… 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 > 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. Fine was one… Read more > Book review | A Horse Walks Into a Bar A Horse Walks Into a Bar, an opening line to many a haggard joke, is not necessarily what one would… 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 > 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 > The Suez Crisis and the Jews of Egypt ‘There are few greater injustices than to say about something that happened, that it did not happen’ wrote the late… Read more > The Struggle over the Iranian Nuclear Programme It is incumbent on Israel to use all the diplomatic and political tools at its disposal to halt the signing… 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 > Fathom Long Read | The Progressive Saviour Complex: Quakers, American Jews and Israel Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky are senior non-resident scholars at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and co-authors of Religion,… Read more > Representing the Trial: Judith Butler Reads Hannah Arendt Reading Adolf Eichmann Judith Butler is one of the world’s most influential academics and public intellectuals and a leading supporter of the BDS… Read more > What Corbyn’s favourite sociologists Greg Philo and Mike Berry get wrong about contemporary antisemitism Matthew Bolton is the co-author with Frederick Harry Pitts of Corbynism: A Critical Approach, praised by Professor Paul Thompson for… Read more > Symposium: Biden and Israel | ‘There is simply too much damage to repair around the world. The Israelis and the Palestinians will be left largely on their own’ A Biden/Harris administration will seek to return foreign policy to the Obama track, but the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be a… Read more > The Palestinian National Movement After Abbas Now 11 years into what was supposed to be a four-year term, Mahmoud Abbas – who now rules by presidential… 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 > Jewish votes and British foreign policy: The 1930 Whitechapel by-election At the Whitechapel and St. George’s by-election on 3 December 1930 Jewish voters directly influenced British policy on Palestine, effectively… Read more > Southern Syria: How to stop the Iranian plan for regional dominance Michael Herzog served as head of the IDF’s Strategic Planning Division and chief of staff to Israel’s minister of defence.… Read more > British Christian Zionism (Part 2): the work of Laurence Oliphant The literary, diplomatic and direct organisational efforts of the British Christian Zionist Laurence Oliphant were central to the coalescence of… Read more > Rereading Past Continuous: Revisiting Yaakov Shabtai’s ‘Revolution’ in Hebrew Prose Liam Hoare launches a new Fathom series in which our writers re-read classic texts. Past Continuous, Yaakov Shabtai’s novel of… 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 > 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 > IDF operations and the laws of war Israel’s military operation to stop rocket fire at Israeli cities and to destroy Hamas tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border has… Read more > Book Review│Doomed to Succeed: The US- Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama On 12 May 1948, nearly six months after the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab… Read more > Soviet Anti-Zionism and Contemporary Left Antisemitism For many decades, virulently antisemitic forms of ‘anti-Zionism’ were central to the cold war propaganda of the Communist states. In… Read more >