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  • A New Handbook on Zionism

    When courses on Israel Studies first began in universities several decades ago, they were depicted by some as teaching a fictitious, invented subject – nothing less than an offshoot of the hasbarah industry. For those in communal leadership, it was often seen as just that – an opportunity to promote Israel within academia. The problem…

  • Secrets and Tragedy: Remembering Arnhem

    Sky Warriors: British Airborne Forces in the Second World War Saul David, published by William Collins 2024, pp. 552 The Traitor of Arnhem: WWII’S Greatest Betrayal and the Moment that Changed History Forever Robert Verkaik, published by Headline Welbeck 2024 pp.400 Eighty years ago, thousands of Allied paratroopers jumped out of aircraft and gliders into…

  • Israel and the US: Dealing with Donkeys

    At this week’s Yom Hazikaron ceremony on Mount Herzl to remember the fallen in Israel’s wars, Prime Minister Netanyahu commented: ‘We will realise the goals of victory – and at the centre of them is the return of all our hostages’. Many hostage family members simply do not believe him and regard such pronouncements as…

  • Speaking Difficult Words in Dark Times

    Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent 1948-1977 Yale University Press 2023, pp.320 In the early 1960s, Ben-Gurion implied that ideological Zionism, after the founding of the state, had lost its meaning. The imperative to emigrate and build up the Hebrew republic had been replaced by support for successive Israeli governments, bolstered by an…

  • “Slavery in the Midst of Revolution”: Understanding the British Far Left after 7 October 2023

    Kaddish2 Yitgadal V’yitkadash Shmei RabaAnd no one cameMany thousands called Him on Shabbat morning Crying His name out loudBegging Him with tears just to comeBut He ceased from all His workNo God cameAnd no God calmedOnly Satan celebrated uninterrupted ISRAEL AS PART OF THE DIASPORA 7 October 2023 was the day when Israel became part…

  • Iran’s Attack on Israel

    Sunday’s attack on Israel by Iran involved 185 drones, 36 cruise missiles and 110 surface-to-surface missiles, according to leaked Israel reports to the New York Times. Most came from the Iranian mainland with a few fired by proxies in Iraq and Yemen. Israel, in conjunction with the armed forces of the US, UK, France and Jordan, defended…