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    Fathom 12 OUT NOW

    Fathom 12 addresses five themes. First, the rise of the new antisemitism. Alex Chalmers hit the headlines when he resigned as co-chair of Oxford University Labour Club, alleging a ‘large proportion’ of club members had ‘some kind of problem with Jews’, while many used the slur ‘Zio’ and voiced support for Hamas. In this issue he writes about the spreading culture of ‘antisemitic anti-Zionism’ on the Left and its role in the degeneration of the Labour club (this article will appear on Monday). Robert Fine reviews Kenneth L. Marcus’s important new study ‘The Definition of Anti-Semitism’. Second, the future of the two-state solution. The Fathom editors announced in our founding…

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    Antisemitism and Oren Ben-Dor

    Alan Johnson, Editor of Fathom Oren Ben-Dor is a Professor in the University of Southampton’s Law School, and co-organiser of a controversial conference on International Law and the State of Israel. The recent cancellation of the conference – following the University’s withdrawal of permission for it to be held – proved equally controversial. Whether or not one thinks the event should have gone ahead, the views of those associated with it certainly bear scrutiny. The conference’s defenders have argued that universities should be places where even the most challenging ideas can be aired freely. Some of Ben-Dor’s views certainly fit into the ‘challenging’ category. They are critically appraised in Fathom…

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    Kenneth Walzer | Reflections on Contemporary Anti-Semitism in Europe

    The Fathom editors are proud to launch a new longer-form publication. Each ‘Fathom Insight’ will allow writers and readers to explore in greater depth a range of key contemporary debates about Israel’s future, regional dynamics, and the global rise of the ‘new antisemitism’. In this inaugural ‘Insight’, Kenneth Waltzer –  the former director of the Jewish Studies program at Michigan State University (MSU) – offers some urgent critical reflections on the growth of antisemitism in Europe. * Authorities in Oslo, Norway, have permanently closed streets to traffic around the Jewish synagogue. In Berlin, Germany, the Jewish community newsletter is sent without any identifiable markings on the envelope, so as not to ‘out’…

  • antisemitism

    Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

    The moderators have provided me with login privileges here to post my thoughts. So, until they come to their senses I’ll probably post the occasional short piece here while reserving my long-form writing for my own blog. For my first post I thought I’d re-post some brief comments I made on Facebook in response to Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic essay Is It Time For The Jews To Leave Europe? in the interests of generating some discussion about the piece. It is a very long but thoughtful, and worthwhile read; measured and generally well-written. I do, however, have what may seem like a pedantic gripe with some of the language used to…

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    Anti-Judaism, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, by Eve Garrard

    This edited speech was given to the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism by Eve Garrard, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Manchester. It appears in Fathom 9. The murders in France of four innocent Jewish shoppers, connected arbitrarily but not accidentally with the killings of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, make the claim that antisemitism is once again on the rise in Europe seem depressingly plausible. Here in the UK the Community Security Trust thinks there’s been an increase in antisemitism, and since they monitor such things carefully, I for one am inclined to believe them. The Guardian even devoted a whole page…

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    FATHOM ISSUE 6 ONLINE

    Fathom 6 is online. Our writers explore five questions concerning the future of Israel. First, what will sustain Israel as a resilient democracy in the face of global social change? Gidi Grinstein and Daphna Kaufman of the influential Reut Institute argue that Israel needs a revolution in how it thinks about foreign relations. Einat Wilf the former MK and now a roving global ambassador, begins a regular column about her life at ‘the front’. Jonathan Cummings reviews Diana Pinto’s book Israel has Moved, and Dr Simcha Getahune, Director of ELEM – Youth in Distress talks about her work. Second, how can Israel’s security be maintained in a turbulent region? Jonathan…

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    Rebels Against Zion: Studies on the Jewish Left Anti-Zionism

    Edited by August Grabski The Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, 2011. pp.288 Reviewed by David Hirsh In the first half of the 20th century, most Jews failed to find their way to a successful strategy for dealing with the threat of antisemitism. Some individuals emigrated, for example to Britain, the United States or Palestine. Some found their way into wider civil society, benefited from emancipation, and lived as citizens of European states. Some Jews found communal ways of continuing to live apart, in a changing world. There were three overlapping political responses to antisemitism. Universalist socialists hoped that revolution would unite workers into a new world where nations, religions and ethnic differences…

  • antisemitism,  Israel,  Israel/Palestine,  Stoppers

    Fathom Essays on Antisemitism

    ‘The Oldest Prejudice in Modern Garb: Essays on Today’s Antisemitism’  is a new collection of essays by David Hirsh, Norman Geras and Eve Garrard. It’s online here. Defining Antisemitism Down by the sociologist David Hirsh of Goldsmiths College, University of London, argues that when the academics union rejected the European Union’s official definition of anti-Semitism (The EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism) which states that some kinds of criticism of Israel may be anti-Semitic while others are legitimate, it opened up a loophole in the union’s guarantees against racism and bigotry. Alibi Antisemitism by the political theorist Norman Geras describes how Israel has been made an alibi for a new climate…

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    Zionism and Islamophobia

    This is a cross-post from Dave Rich at the CST Blog Anti-racism has to be consistent. It must apply consistent standards and attitudes, and defend all minorities. An opposition to racism which demonises one group in society in an effort to protect another, is no form of anti-racism at all. Islamophobic hate crimes and the frequency of mainstream media reporting of Muslims in a negative light, have rightly caused a range of people to seek ways to define, explain and combat Islamophobia. This task is made all the more urgent by the appearance on British streets of the English Defence League, an Islamophobic street gang that carries the threat of violence and disorder wherever it…

  • antisemitism,  Media

    CST Discourse Report: Gaza Conflict and UK Antisemitic Discourse

    This is a cross post by Mark Gardner from The CST Blog  (This is the 4th in a series of sections and summaries from CST’s recently released report, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2009. The full pdf can be accessed here. 58 pages, including graphics. The below pages, 18 and 19, can be accessed here.) The Gaza conflict in December 2008 / January 2009 excited a wave of fury and scrutiny from many political activists and some mainstream circles. The conflict triggered more antisemitic attacks in the UK than any other single event in recent memory. Anti-Israel discourse during the Gaza conflict included distinct echoes of far older antisemitic themes that may not be deliberate on…