For a deeper understanding of Israel and the region

Fathom Highlight | Antisemitism and Corbyn's Catastrophic Election: Five Insider Perspectives / December 17 / 2019

Our Fathom Highlight this week looks at the astonishing UK general election in which Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won an 82 seat majority and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour suffered its worst result since 1935, losing many of its ‘heartland’ seats for the first time in generations.  We have invited five people who have been fighting antisemitism in the Labour party to assess the election and the role played by the antisemitism crisis in the result: David Hirsh is the author of Contemporary Left Antisemitism; Jane Ashworth is a Labour councillor and the founder of the Engage website that has fought left antisemitism since 2005; Peter Mason is the National Secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement; Sacha Ismail is a leading member of the Alliance for Workers Liberty, a small UK socialist group group that has uniquely opposed left antisemitism since the mid 1980s and educated a couple of generations about its evolution. Toby Greene compares the political paralysis in the UK and Israel and asks if Israel too can also find a way to a government based in a stable parliamentary majority.

This week’s Fathom Highlight week also features two further pieces. William Kolbrener explores a distinctly ‘Jewish’ conception of nationhood and the problematic interpretations of Judaism advocated by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. And, Brandon Marlon reviews Seth Frantzman’s After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East.

Our Image of the Week shows a young Palestinian attending a Hamas rally marking the 32nd anniversary of its founding in central Gaza City, December 15, 2019.

Our Voice of the Week is an Institute for National Security Studies annual strategic dialogue event with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where a distinguished panel analyses US-Israeli security challenges, decision making, and security approaches. On the panel were former US Secretary of Defense Dr. Ash Carter and the 21st IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Gadi Eisenkot, and was moderated by Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, the Director of INSS.

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

by David Hirsh | December 17, 2019

David Hirsh, author of Contemporary Left Antisemitism argues that Corbyn’s movement has left behind many thousands of people who have been educated to believe that between ‘us’ and ‘socialism’ sits the formidable obstacle of Jewish power. The rage and shame that they are feeling after their humiliating defeat should not be under-estimated. For many it will be a key formative experience. Political antisemitism has re-entered the British mainstream, and it is not going to just disappear, especially in a Britain...

Voice of the Week


Image of the Week


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 gave Britain a functioning government, while delivering...

The UK Election 2019 | The roots of left antisemitism go deeper than Corbynism. They lie in the fatal partnership of unregulated globalisation and political populism.
by Peter Mason

Peter Mason is the National Secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement, and a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Ealing. He warns that the...

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 antisemitism. She assesses why Labour lost Stoke-on-Trent...

The UK Election 2019 | Antisemitism is not the preserve of the left. This right-wing victory carries its own dangers for British Jews
by Sacha Ismail

Sacha Ismail is a supporter of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, a small radical socialist group which has been, uniquely, fighting left antisemitism in the...

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 claim of many self-identified progressives who deny...

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 the comfort and safety of our vantage...

Visit fathom for a deeper understanding of israel and the region

This email was sent to you by Fathom.