Category History

The Midwest Peace Process

In 1793 a great council was held, to which came the chiefs and headmen of the Delawares, and of twelve other tribes, to meet commissioners of the United States, for one last effort to settle the vexed boundary question.  The records of this council are profoundly touching.  The Indians reiterated over and over the provisions […]

JONATHAN FREEDLAND KEEPS DIGGING—HOW LOW WILL HE GO?

In a recent interview leading Israel-Palestine scholar Norman Finkelstein recounted a shocking, but revealing, encounter with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland: [W]hen my book, The Holocaust Industry, came out in 2000, Freedland wrote that I was ‘closer to the people who created the Holocaust than to those who suffered in it’.  Although he appears to be, oh, so politically correct […]

Ken Livingstone: gobshite yes, antisemite no

Ken Livingstone’s intervention in defence of suspended Labour MP Naz Shah was a political disaster.  He should have accepted that some of what Shah did was wrong; and pointed out that the reaction has been hysterical, that Shah is by all credible accounts not an antisemite,[1] that the party leadership responded swiftly and firmly, and that, while antisemitism must always […]

PALESTINE AFTER THE ARAB SPRING

Mouin Rabbani, Norman G. Finkelstein and I have an article in the latest issue of Insight Turkey examining the impact of the Arab uprisings on the prospects for Palestinian self-determination. Unfortunately the full text is behind a pay-wall (accessible via ProQuest), but here’s how it begins: When a series of uprisings across the Arab world […]

CHAIM WEIZMANN ON LAW AND POLITICS

Like all people and groups without the tradition of political responsibility, the Jews are apt to see in the printed text of a document the sole and sufficient guarantee of political rights.  Some of them have clung fantastically to the letter of the Mandate and have failed to understand its spirit.  Practical politics, like mechanics, […]

CHARLES GLASS: THE BREAKUP OF SYRIA AND THE DEATH OF PLURALISM

I edited Charles Glass’s latest book, Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring. It features the same distinctive blend of historical sweep and brilliant reporting on display in the talk above. You can pick up a copy here.

PLUS ÇA CHANGE

[For] most Arab governments, the Palestinian issue has been supplanted by more immediate problems, indeed concern for their very survival, in the face of a number of factors including the possibility of Iranian success in the long-running Gulf war with Iraq, mounting Islamic fundamentalism, an economic crisis with severe social fall-out because of the crash […]