• Israel

    RIP Amos Oz

    The great Israeli author and leftwing political activist Amos Oz has died at the age of 79. Rather than attempt a grand overview of his life and works (his 1966 book Elsewhere Perhaps, set in a border kibbutz, may be the great Zionist novel), I will quote from some of my posts about him at Harry’s Place. During the 2014 Gaza war, Oz– who fought in the 1967 and 1973 wars– was interviewed by Deutsche Welle. He restated his commitment to “a two-state-solution and coexistence between Israel and the West Bank: Two capitals in Jerusalem, a mutually agreed territorial modification, removal of most of the Jewish settlements from the West…

  • Far Right,  Israel

    Rivlin rejects Israel-supporting neo-fascists

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who possesses a moral compass that his fellow Likudnik Benjamin Netanyahu frequently lacks, once again has distinguished himself as a man of the Decent Right. Responding to a CNN survey which raised serious concerns about European adults’ knowledge of the Holocaust and anti-Semitic notions, Rivlin told the network: “We must… work with the whole world to fight against xenophobia and discrimination, of which anti-Semitism is a variant.” In the interview which was to be broadcast Thursday, the president said “There are neo-fascist movements today that have considerable and very dangerous influence, and sometimes they also express their strong support for the State of Israel. “You cannot…

  • Israel,  Middle East

    Fathom 21 | ‘Understanding the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa is the key to understanding the whole Middle East conflict’: an interview with Lyn Julius

    Earlier this year Fathom’s Grant Goldberg interviewed Lyn Julius about her new book, Uprooted, which documents 3,000 years of Jewish civilisation in the Arab world and explains how and why that civilisation vanished in a single generation in the middle of the 20th century. Julius describes what brought Nazi Germany, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem into an alliance and how this impacted Jews in the Middle East and the formation of the State of Israel.  Grant Goldberg: What prompted you to write the book? Lyn Julius: I have a strong connection to the region. My parents arrived in Britain in 1950 as Iraqi-Jewish refugees, and throughout my…

  • antisemitism,  Israel

    The Lynching: The anti-Israel herd at the Labour Conference yesterday

    This is a guest post by Jonathan Hoffman This is an excerpt from Jonathan’s post – you can read the piece in full here.  But this blog is not about this absurd Israel-demonising motion.  It is about the PSC’s manipulation of the delegates who voted for it and their willingness to be manipulated. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has hijacked the Labour Party and the TUC. Its Chair, Hugh Lanning, was Deputy General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), one of the largest trade unions. With many Jewish members having quit Labour and many who remain choosing to stay away from Conference, there was no-one to speak yesterday to expose the lies. Israel hate…

  • Israel

    Are Guardian columnist Owen Jones’ views on Israel and Hamas shaped by “racism = prejudice + power”?

    This is a cross-post by Adam Levick from UK Media Watch Jeremy Corbyn supporter Owen Jones took to the pages of the Guardian on Friday to argue that the UK is complicit in the killing of Palestinian civilians by the IDF by virtue of the country’s arms sales to Israel and, in so doing, provided a good example of the convoluted moral logic used by the radical left to obfuscate Hamas’s role in perpetuating the conflict. Though most of his op-ed focuses on UK ties to Riyadh in light of a recent Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a bus in Yemen’s Houthi rebel-held north, killing 29 children, he weaves in Israel…

  • Israel,  Labour Party

    Israeli Labor party suspends ties with Corbyn

    A letter from the chair of the Israeli Labor party to Jeremy Corbyn. No doubt a cause for celebration among the Corbynites. They are probably only unhappy that he didn’t cut ties with British Labour entirely. Here’s the full letter from Avi Gabbay, the Israeli Labour leader, to Corbyn. “We cannot maintain relations with you…while you fail to adequately address the anti-Semitism with Labour Party UK.” pic.twitter.com/25w6MBuLmg — Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) April 10, 2018 It’s been a long time coming! He called for a boycott of Israel enough times. Here he is calling for one in 2014.

  • antisemitism,  Homophobia,  Israel,  Uncategorized

    Antisemitism, homophobia and the NUS’s National Executive Council

    This is Ayo Olatunji. Ayo is running to sit on the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Council (NEC) at this week’s NUS conference in Glasgow. Ayo is best known for his role in the Hen Mazzig protest at UCL in November 2016 where Jewish students were trapped in a room by a mob of anti-Israel protestors. Unsatisfied with his initial attempts, Ayo was this year once again front and centre at the Dan Meridor protest at KCL where  Jewish students were again surrounded in a room by a baying crowd of their fellow students. Ayo believes that Israel is “one of the principal funders of genocides of Africans”.…

  • 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…

  • Israel

    Go to jail?

    This is actually the third time the Israeli police have recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges. In 1997, police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges for influence-peddling. He was accused of appointing an attorney general who would reduce the charges and prosecutors ruled that there was insufficient evidence to go to trial. In 1999, Netanyahu faced another scandal when the Israel Police recommended that he be tried for corruption for $100,000 in free services from a government contractor; Israel’s attorney general did not prosecute, citing difficulties with evidence. Do our Israeli readers believe the outcome this time will be any different? Should Netanyahu continue as…

  • Israel

    Jerusalem through clear eyes

    Matti Friedman, a former AP reporter living in Jerusalem, may be the best English-language writer about Israel today. He avoids the cliches and ready-made formulas that infect the writing of many foreigners (and some Israelis) of all political stripes. We’ve linked to articles he wrote about the awful foreign media coverage of the 2014 Gaza war and about the labor union Koach la Ovdim (Power to the Workers), which has organized and obtained wage increases for 2,700 Israeli home day-care providers, both Jewish and Arab. Now he has written about the reaction (or more specifically, lack of reaction) among both Jews and Palestinians in Jerusalem to President Trump’s recognition of…