In a recent encomium to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Israeli historian Dina Porat and Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center highlight that the organisation takes decisions by consensus: Ten countries were members when this body began, and the first principle was to make all decisions unanimously in the plenary, much like how […]

Apropos of an LSE study finding that crustaceans and molluscs are sentient and should therefore be protected under animal cruelty legislation: I have often thought, if it was not for this Tyranny which Custom usurps over us, that Men of any tolerable Good-nature could never be reconcil’d to the killing of so many Animals for […]

In April 2021, Free Speech on Israel published my report documenting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s public misrepresentation of its Working Definition of Antisemitism. See also here. I have continued to investigate the definition’s diplomatic history and will publish further on it. In the meantime, this page will note and correct substantive errors in […]

Free Speech on Israel this week published my report on a controversial international definition of antisemitism. The Politics of a Definition, based on my doctoral research at the University of Oxford, reveals the untold story behind the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. Across the world, pro-Israel lobbyists are promoting a highly problematic list […]

How Mossad agent Michael Harrari fabricated a massacre of Jews to help Panamanian General Noriega keep power: The material cleared for publication in the last few months describes the means Harari used to help Noriega retain power. It emerges that the Tel Aviv-born agent was a leading player in a political scheme aimed at tilting […]

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 […]