In a recent talk, hosted by the University of Oxford Israel Studies Seminar, I examined the political history of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. The IHRA’s core mandate is the preservation of historical truth. Yet the presentation shows how elements of the IHRA came, over the course of 2018 and […]

My article in Middle East Eye argues that universities should resist the British Government’s attempts to foist the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism upon them. This is the passage with most relevance beyond the UK universities debate: The UK government has repeatedly suggested, including in its ultimatum to universities, that the IHRA definition incorporates the […]

Introducing Maurice Hirsch: Director of Legal Department, Palestinian Media Watch (2017- today) Senior Military Justice Consultant, NGO Monitor (2017-2018) Head of Military Prosecution for Judea and Samaria, Israel Defense Forces (2013-2016) Head of Legal Advice to the Navy, Air Force, Ground Forces and Home Front (2010-2013) Deputy Head of the Military Prosecution for Judea and […]

The Observer published ‘gross antisemitism’ in the form of a ‘remarkably dishonest’ article that was ‘a projection of anxieties and racist fantasies about Jews’. So alleged Shany Mor, an Israeli academic and former foreign policy official. The article in question reported on Israel’s failure to provide COVID vaccines to Palestinian inhabitants of the territories it […]

Will Chile’s new Constitution adopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism? Will the IHRA endorse BDS? Does the IHRA consider Jared Kushner an antisemitic trope? Is it compatible with BDS guidelines to apply the IHRA definition to Israeli academics, or should we apply it to Israeli institutions only? Has Scarlett Johansson adopted the IHRA definition? […]

What enables . . . the good general to strike and conquer, taught Sun Tzu, is foreknowledge. So it is wise to pay attention when enemy strategists describe their plans and vulnerabilities. Via Ben White, a revealing strategy document from Israel’s 2009 Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism: There is a clarity in fighting against BDS […]

I’m interested in anthropology because I’m interested in human possibilities. – David Graeber In 2011, in New York, I met David Graeber for the first and only time, to discuss his newly published book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Of all the interviews I conducted for New Left Project, it was surely the most stimulating […]

I wrote to Mouin Rabbani for Jadaliyya about recent developments in the ‘Labour antisemitism’ controversy: The period since Starmer took office has underlined how little the “antisemitism controversy” had to do with concern over antisemitism. The substance of the leaked Labour report was all-but-suppressed in mainstream news sources, notwithstanding that it disclosed masses of new […]

My new article in Jacobin asks: If international calls to end the Gaza closure are ignored, and Israel’s blockade remains in force, would Israel have the right to obstruct Gazans fleeing a COVID-19 emergency? The article argues that, if our answer to this question is ‘no’, it follows that Israel also had no right to forcibly prevent […]

I spoke to Ian Sinclair for The Morning Star about lessons to be learned from Labour’s response to the confected ‘antisemitism crisis’: What else could have been done? Any response should have aimed not at ending the defamation campaign but at minimising the internal divisions it provoked and the resources it consumed. To these ends, the leadership […]