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Fathom Highlight | Primo Levi on Israel and The Myth of 'Judeo-Bolshevism' / 1 October / 2019

Our Fathom Highlight this week features four new pieces. Alvin H. Rosenfeld writes in praise of Primo Levi on the 100th anniversary of his birth and reflects on the Auschwitz’s survivor’s complex relationship with Israel. Jay Ruderman examines current tensions in the Israel-Diaspora relationship and proposes a plan to ease such tensions: ensure communal organisations are genuinely representative in order to connect with young diaspora Jewry. Izabella Tabarovsky reviews a Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism by Paul Hanebrink, a book which examines the evolution of the 20th century antisemitic myth holding Communism to be a Jewish conspiracy and assesses its 21st century appeal in the US and in Russia. Lastly, Revital Amiran and Yisrael Medad conclude their dispute regarding the state of the Israeli Left and its future prospects.

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Primo Levi and Israel

by Alvin Rosenfeld | October 1, 2019

Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, pays moving tribute to Primo Levi, the Auschwitz survivor and writer, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Rosenfeld takes issue with Judith Butler and other neo-diasporists who have used some of Levi’s dissenting remarks against Israel’s military moves in Lebanon to enlist his voice in the cause of ‘anti-Zionism’. Rosenfeld shows that Butler quotes...

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To fix the Israel-Diaspora relationship, make our communal organisations genuinely representative
by Jay Ruderman

Jay Ruderman is the President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities worldwide and educating Israeli leaders on...

Book Review | A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism
by Izabella Tabarovsky

One of the best-known antisemitic slogans of the August 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has come to be ‘Jews will...

Revital Amiran and Yisrael Medad: A Final Exchange on the Israeli Left
by Revital Amiran Yisrael Medad

The following exchange brings to a close the dispute between Revital Amiran and Yisrael Medad on the standing and prospects of the Israeli left. It...

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