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Fathom | Two Views on Israeli Human Rights NGO B’Tselem

Hagai El-Ad is the Executive Director of B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Alan Johnson is the editor of Fathom. The pair sat down earlier this year for an in-depth discussion. What does El-Ad think has been the impact of the occupation not just on the Palestinians but [...]

Anne Marie Waters, Sarah Champion and Trevor Kavanagh

As you may have seen, Anne Marie Waters’ leadership candidacy has been confirmed by UKIP’s NEC.  I’ve noticed more than one liberal commentator claiming that she has changed greatly over the past few years.  I think the degree of change has been overestimated – and also think that this impulse to overstate the shift in [...]

Some thoughts on the ‘Google Memo’

The ‘google memo’ has prompted much debate on social media.  In case you have missed the controversy, here’s the story so far.  James Damore, a software engineer working for Google, published this document in which he takes issue with some of his company’s diversity initiatives.  This led to an immediate backlash, and it’s now reported [...]

Sophie Geeking’s Zionist Heroine

For a moment there a young girl from Scotland who calls herself @sophiegeeking achieved infamy with a tweet of herself wearing a Hezbollah T Shirt:

Sophie has pinned the following tweet on her Twitter, it is a photo of Faye Schulman the Jewish partisan and photographer:
Faye’s family were all murdered by the Germans in the Lenin [...]

Moustafa Bayoumi on homophobia, Muslims and the populist right

Moustafa Bayoumi’s latest piece in the Guardian opens:
‘Here’s something you may not have thought likely. A majority of American Muslims now believes that it’s fine to be gay.’
The findings of the poll were certainly encouraging; US Muslims are fast catching up with the rest of the country on this issue.  The fact the poll got [...]

The Lynching of Jackie Walker

I think that I would be quite happily accepted in any gay rights group I joined. Even though I’m married to a person of the opposite sex I think that if I was personable, though people may be slightly bemused as to why I was there, I think they’d accept me.
If I started complaining that [...]

Open Letter to Pride: Defend the Council of Ex-Muslims

London, UK – 3 August 2017
Open Letter
Dear Pride in London and Community Advisory Board,
I write as one of the co-organisers of the UK’s first LGBT Pride in 1972, as a Patron of Pride in London and as a human rights campaigner for the last 50 years:
I understand that complaints have been made against the Council [...]

Fathom 17 | Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in West Germany in the 1970s: Lessons for Today

In this provocative analysis of discourse about Israel in West Germany in the 1970s, Martin Jander claims that far-Left and far-Right groups were encouraged, and in some cases even organised by the radical Arab nationalists in their midst, to spread an ideology of radical anti-Zionism that included elements of antisemitism. The Federal Republic of Germany [...]

Fathom 17 | A Deeply Rooted Anti-Zionism: Reflections from South Africa

While the degree of support for radical anti-Zionism in South Africa is often wildly exaggerated – the government remains committed to the two state solution and a 2007 poll indicated that 28 per cent of South Africans side with Israel in the conflict as opposed to 19 per cent with the Palestinians – it does [...]

The Resurrection of Anwar al Awlaki

I’m sure most of you know who the infamous Anwar al Awlaki is. For those who don’t he’s the former head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. At one point he was a preacher int he USA. His Virginia Falls Mosque was infamous for being attended by three of the 9/11 terrorists. He ended [...]