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    It’s not just about Linda Sarsour’s “Minister Farrakhan controversy”

    A few months after the first Women’s March in January 2017, a Twitter contact sent me some material suggesting that the leadership of the hugely popular organization had a soft spot for Nation of Islam leader and veteran Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan. When I looked into the matter, it turned out that three of the most prominent Women’s March organizers – Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez – had indeed not been shy at all about advertising their admiration for Farrakahn on social media. They were also very proud about having been invited by Farrakhan to participate in a major 2015 event that was described as “a pageant for Farrakhan…

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    Jewish Community Condemned at Pro Gaza Rally

    The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council were accused of trying to bring about the political lynching of Jeremy Corbyn in Westminster today. At a demonstration organised by the Palestine Forum in Britain Glyn Secker, Secretary of Jewish Voice for Labour, attacked the two main representative bodies of the Jewish community, he did so to great applause. Secker said of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council that; “Their purpose is transparent, to bring down Corbyn because he is on the side of justice for Palestinians” Watch the full 4 minutes speech below; Of course such demonstrations attract only the highest quality activists…

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    Middle East Monitor’s Asa Winstanley Alleges Jews Allied with Nazis

    This is a cross-post from The Zionist Writing on the former Deputy Head of the Muslim Council of Britain Daud Abdullah’s website, Asa Winstanley argues there was an alliance between Nazis and Zionists. He follows this up with a number of assertions about Israeli policy today and Zionist policy during the Second World War. Little of this bears up to scrutiny. In an article entitled Israel welcomes Nazis while banning pro-Palestinian Jews Winstanley portrays Nazis and Zionists as co-conspirators in the Holocaust; “An alliance with anti-Semites has been a crucial strategy of Zionist ideology ever since the late 19th century. It started with anti-Semitic Protestant Christian Zionists and later expanded to the…

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    Fathom 17 out now

    Fathom 17 is a special issue to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. We have three essays on the genesis of the Declaration. Efraim Halevy, the former head of Mossad, offers a fascinating study of the World War One Jewish spy network in Palestine, NILI – an acronym for the biblical Hebrew phrase, Netzakh Yisrael Lo Yeshaker, meaning ‘The Eternal One of Israel will not Lie’. He argues that both the victory of the British Army led by General Allenby and the Balfour Declaration itself were in good measure the result of this first successful foray of the Jewish people into modern international intelligence-gathering and espionage. The British Prime…

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    The Unexpected Death of BDS

    That bastion of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement the Electronic Intifada recently leaked a copy of a report co-written by the Anti-Defamation League and the Reut Institute. If the authors of the report had taken a look at the BDS movement in the UK they would have realised that we are watching the movement in its death throes. People in the United Kingdom are tired. They’re tired of hypocrites saying they’re against occupation by occupying their lecture theatres. They’re tired of hypocrites campaigning for rights for Palestinians by depriving Jews of theirs. They’re tired of hypocrites claiming to be in favour of free speech while insisting Zionists be silenced. They’re tired of hypocrites telling them…

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    Fathom 13 OUT NOW

    Fathom 13 examines four questions central to explaining the current impasse in the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians. First, where are the Palestinians going? Husam Zomlot, ambassador-at-large for the state of Palestine and co-ordinator of the Palestine Strategy Group explores the crisis of the Oslo peace process, the radically changed political context of peace-making today, and the new Palestinian strategy which he argues is based on internationalisation, gradualism and non-violence. Adam Rasgon and Grant Rumley map this internationalisation strategy’s fortunes across the globe and ask whether it can really transform international public opinion and diplomacy and set the Palestinians on the path to statehood. They conclude it cannot.…

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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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    NEW FATHOM E-BOOK TWO STATES FOR TWO PEOPLES

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the Oslo II agreement, Fathom has published an eBook – Two States for Two Peoples – a collection of  essays and interviews drawn from the pages of Fathom focused on the two-state solution and how to reinvigorate it. To download the eBook, click here. Featuring: Hussein Ibish , Joshua Muravchik, Moshe Arens and  Ami Ayalon,Cary Nelson, David Pollock, Einat Wilf, Shlomo Avineri, Ofer Zalzberg, Joel Braunold, Hitham Kayali, Isaac Herzog, Omer Bar-Lev,  Ari Shavit, Benny Begin, Meir Kraus, Danny Seidemann, Lior Amihai, Dani Dayan, David Newman, Sapan Maini-Thompson, Michael Herzog, Gershon Baskin, Shlomo Brom , Efraim Halevy and Dore Gold. *** When Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the ‘Interim Agreement’ at the White…

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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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    That time I ate Humus and didn’t leave the table

    I lie in my bed, my wife to be asleep at my side. The top sheet is white and the one covering the mattress is a deep claret colour. For no reason I can think of my mind turns back to 2012. A time before I had even met my wife to be and the last time that the rockets were fired at Tel Aviv. Which is to say the first time I had ever experienced the rocket fire upon my adopted city. I sat eating humus with ful in a small restaurant on the corner of Frishman and Sderot Chen. The man serving me had dark skin and a dark…