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Fathom Highlight | Israel and the Left: Three Studies of the Crisis / 02 July / 2019

As debate rages about how US Democratic Party presidential candidates should respond to pressure from radical anti-Zonist groups Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow, our Fathom Highlight this week features three pieces exploring the crisis in the relationship between Israel and the Left. Daniel Kalick examines IfNotNow’s support for banning the Jewish Pride flag from the June 2019 Dyke March. Miriam F. Elman assesses the Deadly Exchange campaign that identifies American-Israeli police exchange programmes as fuelling discriminatory policing practices against US minority communities. And Cary Nelson examines the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its relation to anti-Zionist pedagogy. In addition, Norman J. W. Goda reviews Carole Fink’s West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics, and the Cold War, 1965-1974, which draws upon newly-available sources covering the first decade of both countries’ formal diplomatic ties.

Our Voice of the Week is the late author Amos Oz speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, spiritual scars, well-meaning fanatics and the peace-making power of literature.

Our Image of the Week is newly elected Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz casting his vote at a polling station in Tel Aviv during the Mertz leadership contest, 27 June 2019.

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

by Daniel Kalick | July 2, 2019

IfNotNow’s support for barring the Jewish Pride flag from the Dyke March was another example of its failure to distinguish anti-Zionism from antisemitism. The left's overall inability to make this distinction, and challenge antisemitism in its ranks, has been a key source of the progressive movement's weakness. To overcome it, we need clearer boundaries and a new agenda for the Jewish left, argues Daniel Kalick. Introduction: Left Antisemitism and the Challenge of Uniting Jews and the Left The biggest challenge...

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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 minority communities in America and militarising the...

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 university press imprimatur, claims Cary Nelson. Unchecked,...

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 the new state of Israel, based on...

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