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Fathom Highlight: Boycotting Israel is Wrong / 21 September / 2015

The City of Reykjavik in Iceland has announced a boycott of all products made in Israel. Following protests, this was downgraded to a boycott of settlement products. This week’s Fathom Highlight is Luke Akehurst’s review of Philip Mendes and Nick Dyrenfurth’s book Boycotting Israel is Wrong. The book identifies the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as ‘the worst of any of the conflict resolution solutions currently on offer.’


Our Voice of the Week is of Ari Shavit with New Yorker editor David Remnick discussing his best-selling book The Tragedy and Triumph of Israel.


Our Image of the Week is of Palestinian militants of the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, training in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, 20 September 2015. Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90.

Book Review |Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The progressive path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis

by Luke Akehurst

Boycotting Israel is Wrong is a timely short book on the BDS phenomenon by Australian academics Philip Mendes and Nick Dyrenfurth. It combines the force of a rigorously argued polemic with the authority of a properly footnoted academic paper, and in just 205 pages manages to provide a historic overview of the changing relationship between Zionism, Israel and the Western left; useful case studies of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in Australia, the UK and the US; and a progressive...

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