Author Archives: Antony Lerman

Professor Judith Butler awarded prestigious Theodor W. Adorno Prize

The distinguished academic Judith Butler, professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded the prestigious Theodor W. Adorno Prize that recognizes outstanding achievement in philosophy, theater, music or film. The honour was conferred on her on 11 September … Continue reading

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Can Israel’s mass social protest embrace the end of occupation as a key demand?

If you will, harden your heart against the sight of hundreds of thousands of Israelis protesting against rampant inequality and demanding a decent society. There’s reason enough to do so: what about all the non-citizens between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river over which Israel exerts control? Continue reading

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‘The people want social justice’? On ‘people’ and ‘justice’ in the Israeli protests

by Yoni Last June an Israeli protest about the price of cottage cheese ended with a relative success. More than 73,000 people were part of a facebook group that called for a boycott of cottage cheese until its price goes … Continue reading

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IJV panel on the Arab uprisings and the Israel-Palestine conflict

Chaired by Professor Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, University of London), the IJV panel event discussing the impact of the Arab Spring on developments in Israel-Palestine, which was held at Birkbeck, University of London on 14 July, provided a fascinating, incredibly well-informed, … Continue reading

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The anti-boycott law crosses a line: will Israel’s true friends now wake up?

Only a few days ago I was talking about the issue of boycotting Israel with Jewish friends at a party. All could be defined as critical friends of Israel or liberal Zionists, deeply disturbed by the intransigence of the Netanyahu … Continue reading

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Black propaganda and violent rhetoric: Israel shoots itself in the foot over the Gaza flotilla

Some first rate bloggers and journalists are covering the Gaza flotilla and revealing the lengths to which the Israeli authorities are prepared to go to stop the entire enterprise in its tracks. Not being party to any additional information about … Continue reading

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There is a Path to Two Sovereign States, But the Gate Giving Access is Closed

Two very interesting pieces were published in the last few weeks essentially explaining why there’s now virtually no possibility of achieving a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. On the Magnes Zionist blog, the pseudonymous Jerry Haber posted ’Some of what’s wrong … Continue reading

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Acting responsibly as a trustee is what counts, not your views on Hamas – response to Martin Bright

Martin Bright’s response to my post on his and the Jewish Chronicle’s witch-hunt of London Citizens is wholly inadequate, fails to engage with the arguments I presented and is frankly rather patronizing. In her post, Miri Weingarten presented a completely … Continue reading

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A damp squib? Doubts about the new UK ‘pro-Israel, pro-peace’ movement

Yachad, a new ‘pro-Israel, pro-peace’ movement, inspired by the American J Street liberal, political lobby group, was launched in the UK in April. Much heralded and anticipated, since its website went live, little has been heard from it. Is Yachad a damp squib? To … Continue reading

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How feelings of Jewish insecurity are aggravated by the Community Security Trust

I have always given credit to the Community Security Trust, the private charity that monitors and combats antisemitism in the UK, for its efforts to record expressions of antisemitism as diligently and rigorously as possible. Some accuse CST of deliberately exaggerating … Continue reading

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