• Israel

    Polyamory in the time of malaria: Israel and progressive Jews

    Guest post by Shahar Luft An alarming chasm is said to be opening up between Israel and American liberal Jews. It’s in the air in AIPAC meetings, in JCC offices and campus lawns. Concerned Jewish liberals tell Israelis: where your government is taking you, we cannot follow for long. You shut yourself in an ethnostate, colonize a captive population, deport immigrants, and separate genders in prayer; while for us, being Jewish is increasingly the opposite of all that: it’s humanistic, inclusive and caring; a moral pledge, not a tribal stance. Occasionally, these statements acquire a nostalgic edge: in the past, Israel was ruled by humanitarian social-democrats who affiliated with a…

  • Islam

    Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri

    Guest post by Jurek Molnar The Moroccan philosopher Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri (1935 – 2010) is said to be the most important contemporary Arab thinker, whose work is well acknowledged among Arab and Muslim audiences, but was until a decade ago completely unknown in the West. Thanks to efforts of some Western Arab speaking researchers, parts of his works were translated first into French, and then later into English and German. Al-Jabri became widely known in Arab faculties and among philosophically interested readers in the Islamic world when he published “The Critique of Arab Reason”, which appeared in four volumes between 1984 and 2001 in Morocco. He was born in Morocco…

  • Your View

    Big questions for Police Scotland

    This is a cross-post from Large Blue Footballs Last summer, the Edinburgh-based, then law student Sophie Stephenson gained notoriety after boasting on Twitter that she had gone out to dinner wearing a Hezbollah T-shirt. At the time, Campaign Against Antisemitism reported Ms Stephenson to the police, alleging that she had committed a criminal offence under section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000. That section reads as follows (emphasis added): Section 13 – Uniform (1) A person in a public place commits an offence if he— (a) wears an item of clothing, or (b) wears, carries or displays an article, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse…

  • Book Review

    From Genocide to Football Glory

    Guest review by Karl Pfeifer I am not especially interested in football. However “The Story of Béla Guttmann” is not just about a famous football player and manager; it is also a fascinating history book. Guttmann lived in the District of Ujpest close to Budapest. This is where he hid during the Hungarian Holocaust. All around him, Jews were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Guttmann was born in 1899. As a young man in 1920, he moved to Ujvidék/Novisad in Yugoslavia, where he set up a dance school. He was able to escape from the pogroms perpetrated by Horthy’s thugs but in the end he decided to return home…

  • Uncategorized

    Palestinians don’t know what winning looks like

    This is a guest post by The Zionist The further back you go when looking at Palestinian advocacy the clearer it becomes that they’ve never really known what they were doing or why they were doing it. (When I say “they”, I mean the Palestinian leadership of the day). The present decision to boycott the arrival of Mike Pence to the region reminds us of the decision the Arab higher Committee made to boycott UNSCOP (United Nations Special Committee on Palestine) who traveled around the British mandate area in 1947 attempting to come up with a solution to the tensions boiling up there. The Zionists didn’t boycott it and history…

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    The strange recusal of Narendra Makanji

    This is a guest post by amie This morning the case that I set out to observe before the Information Tribunal ended very quickly, in a surprising way. The matter had been dragging on for 18 months, with King’s College London resisting attempts to extract any information on whether any students had been disciplined as a result of the violent anti Israel protest there, which shut down an Israeli speaker in 2016. The Information Commissioner had upheld the College’s refusal to disclose information about whether any students (without naming them) had been disciplined, and if so how many, on the grounds that this would identify the students in breach of…

  • Uncategorized

    Labour Branch debates whether membership compatible with supporting Hezbollah

    This open letter was sent to the Brent and Kilburn Times by Stephen Hoffman I was absolutely appalled and shocked to hear about events at Queen’s Labour Party on the night of November 2 2017. In a discussion about expelling members of the Labour Party who are also members of other parties, a member gave the example of those who are members of Labour also being members of Hezbollah. Deplorably, another member of the Labour Party piped up to say that members of Hezbollah should also be allowed to be members of the Labour. This position was somehow maintained when Hezbollah is a terrorist group which seeks to kill as…

  • antisemitism

    Austrian Green students back anti-BDS resolution

    Guest post by Karl Pfeifer I am happy to inform readers of Harry’s Place that the Austrian Students Union passed a resolution denouncing BDS. The Union of Jewish-Austrian Students gave special thanks to the leftwing GRAS– Green & Alternative Students– for their continuing support in the fight against all antisemitism. Jüdische österreichische HochschülerInnen The Union of Jewish-Austrian Students Friday, 14 October 2017 We are very happy to announce that the ÖH – Österreichische Hochschüler_innenschaft (Austrian Students’ Union) is the first national student union to adopt a resolution denouncing BDS and also approve a version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The resolution calls BDS an antisemitic…

  • Book Review,  Europe

    The end of Europe?

    Guest review by Karl Pfeifer Yale University Press recently published The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick, a 34-year-old American journalist. It is a remarkably ambitious, provocative and vividly written account of the dark sides of Europe. It contradicts in 252 pages all the optimistic speeches of European political leaders. It should be must reading for all those interested in European politics. Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Europe is no longer a continent of peace, and the time of stability, prosperity, cooperation, democracy and social harmony seems to be ending. The author describes a “sequence of violently transformative events ranging from Russia’s invasion…