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Fathom Highlight | Fathom Review of Books / 25 July / 2016

This week’s Fathom Highlight is our regular Review of Books. Given recent events in the UK Labour Party Colin Shindler’s review of Socialism of Fools: Capitalism and Modern Anti-Semitism by Michele Battini is timely, as is David Lowe appreciation of Dennis Ross’s The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama. Jonathan Rynhold writes in praise of Colin Shindlers’s The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, while Robert Fine’s critical appreciation of Kenneth L. Marcus’s important study The Definition of Anti-Semitism and Keith Kahn-Harris study of Svenja Gertheiss’s Diasporic activism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict also concern debates of contemporary urgency.

Our voice of the week is Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute, and James Jeffrey, former US ambassador to Turkey, discussing the dynamics behind the failed military coup in Turkey on 15 July, how the coup was thwarted, what President Erdogan will do next, and how the escalating purges might impact on Ankara’s relations with Washington.

Our picture of the week is the annual Gay Pride parade in central Jerusalem on 21 July which attracted more than 25,000 marchers.

Book Review│Socialism of Fools: Capitalism and Modern Anti-Semitism

by Colin Shindler

The Italian academic, Michele Battini examines the gradual transformation of the traditional Christian anti-Semitic charge of usury into modern anti-Jewish anti-capitalism. Fuelled by the economic transformation in the nineteenth century and the self-regulated market, anti-Jewish anti-capitalism emerged from the anti-Judaic foundations laid by John Chrysostom, St. Jerome and St. Ambrose in the fourth century. In this important book, Battini compares this transformation to ‘the slow processes of hereditary biology’. Battini argues while the European Enlightenment with their interlocutors, the philosophes,...

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Book Review│Doomed to Succeed: The US- Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama
by David Lowe

On 12 May 1948, nearly six months after the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states, United States President Harry...

Book Review | The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron
by Jonathan Rynhold

This book will serve as the definitive history of the Israeli Right in English. Building on his previous works on the subject,[1] Shindler has produced...

Book Review│The Definition of Anti-Semitism
by Robert Fine

The word ‘antisemitism’ currently has a strange aura around it. There is a curious reluctance on the part of some people to use it even...

Book Review | Diasporic Activism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Keith Kahn-Harris

One of the most striking features of intra-Jewish conflicts over Israel in the UK and elsewhere in the Diaspora is the air of incomprehension which...

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