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Jan 13, 2021, 11:48 AM
Apartheid smear damages debate and the peace process
Hagai El Ad says Israel is an “Apartheid state” (‘We are Israel’s largest human rights group – and we are calling this apartheid’, The Guardian, 12 January). Is that true? No. “Apartheid” is the Dutch-Afrikaans term for separation, used to describe the racial segregation and...
Apr 23, 2020, 4:25 PM
Leaked Labour antisemitism report shows the community was right all along
In April 2019 I wrote a 30,000 word Fathom report, ‘Institutionally Antisemitic: Contemporary Left Antisemitism and the Crisis in the British Labour Party’. I wanted to wait until I had read all 851 pages of this new (leaked and shamefully unredacted) report before commenting. As...
Nov 27, 2019, 12:50 PM
The five forms of antisemitism denial Labour must tackle
‘A mendacious fiction’ the Chief Rabbi thundered, questioning Labour’s claim to have seriously tackled antisemitism in the party. In my 2019 report, ‘Institutionally Antisemitic: Contemporary Left Antisemitism and the Crisis in the British Labour Party‘ I was a little more wordy. I identified Labour’s culture...
Jan 15, 2017, 12:31 PM
Showing up to defend Israel’s right to exist (not lying in bed)
Why am I speaking at an academic conference on Israel’s right to exist at University College Cork (UCC) in March? After all, ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility’ is the conference cancelled two years ago by Southampton University following protests...
Jun 15, 2016, 3:45 PM
From Cable Street to Raed Saleh, Labour must understand anti-Semitism has shape-shifted
The Labour Party Inquiry into antisemitism is due to report before the end of June. Everything depends on the Inquiry team understanding what it is dealing with: almost never old-fashioned Jew hatred, almost always antisemitic anti-Zionism – i.e. a programme to abolish Israel, a movement...
Jun 13, 2016, 6:31 PM
The twisted distortions of Ken Livingstone’s favourite ‘historian’
In the latest edition of Fathom, the quarterly journal of the think tank BICOM, Paul Bogdanor demolishes Ken Livingstone’s favourite ‘historian’ Lenni Brenner. The US controversialist was the authority cited by the former London mayor to justify his “Hitler was a Zionist” outburst that escalated...
May 15, 2016, 9:16 AM
Alternative to demonisation of Israel on campus
This is the introduction to We Believe in Israel’s booklet “Zionism, Israel and the Palestinians: towards a constructive debate”, published this week. In it, Professor Alan Johnson, senior research fellow at BICOM, tackles issues around the Israel/Palestine debate in the UK including the apartheid smear...
Sep 29, 2015, 1:56 PM
It Has to be Two: New book says no alternative to two states for two peoples
In his essay How to Talk to a Fanatic, Amos Oz wrote in praise of compromise. The fanatics on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – the ‘walking exclamation marks’ as he called them – offer only more death, while compromise, in the form of the...
Mar 10, 2014, 6:45 PM
BDS bullies at Galway University
Dissecting the reasons behind the shocking behavior of BDS activists who shouted down a pro-Israel speech
Jan 8, 2014, 3:03 PM
This barrier stops fascists: A response to Bethlehem unwrapped
St. James’s Church in London hosted the controversial Bethlehem Unwrapped Festival from 23 December 2013 to 5 January 2014. The centrepiece was an eight metre high replica of Israel’s security barrier built in the Church courtyard. On 4 January 2014 a panel event, ‘Both sides...
Professor Alan Johnson is the Editor of Fathom: for a deeper understanding of Israel and the region and Senior Research Fellow at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM).