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Fathom Review of Books / 17 August / 2015

Each issue of Fathom contains expert reviews of some of the latest books about Israel and the region. The current issue includes:

David Lowe on Michael Oren’s Ally.

James Bloodworth on Michael Walzer’s The Paradox of Liberation.

Luke Akehurst on Philip Mendes and Nick Dyrenfurth’s Boycotting Israel is Wrong.

Michael Wegier on Tuvia Tenenbom’s Catch the Jew!

Our Voice of the Week is Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaking to Democratic Party members of Congress about the importance of the US-Israel relationship, 5 August 2015.

Our Image of the Week is of Palestinian protestors clashing with Israeli police in front of Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. They were demonstrating about the Islamic Jihad prisoner Mohammad Allan, 16 August 2015. Hadas Parush/Flash90

Book Review | Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide

by David Lowe

David E. Lowe is the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Endowment for Democracy. The views expressed here are solely his own. During the 2008 US Presidential campaign, the historian Michael Oren accepted an assignment from a security affairs journal to research and write about candidate Barack Obama’s views on Middle East issues, including those related to Israel. ‘My findings,’ he writes in his recently published memoir of his four years as that country’s US...

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Book Review |The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions
by James Bloodworth

What has happened to the secular and democratic left? It would be an exaggeration to say that everywhere it is in retreat, but it is...

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...

Book Review |Catch The Jew!
by Michael Wegier

Tuvia Tenenbom is a product of the Ultra-Orthodox community in B'nai Brak, near Tel Aviv. He grew up in a world of Rabbis and Yiddish,...

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