The how and why of cultural boycotts of Israel

Irish writer Sally Rooney, one of the most popular writers of her generation, just announced that she won’t allow an Israeli publisher to translate her latest book on political grounds related to Israeli state and corporate complicity with the occupation of Palestine. Here’s my comments to the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age about it…

No more $ to the Iron Dome

A small but significant shift in the official US posture towards Israel with a number of US politicians refusing to give even more money to the Jewish state’s Iron Dome. My comments to Middle East Eye: Antony Loewenstein, an independent journalist who is writing a book on how Israel’s occupation has gone global, says that…

The warmth, memory and strength of Gaza

My essay, reportage and personal reflections about Gaza in US magazine The Markaz. The outlet is publishing an entire edition about Gaza, a Palestinian territory that’s routinely shunned, ignored and demonised in the West. Here’s the beginning of my piece (and read the whole thing): The Children Land’s Kindergarten sits in the Bedouin village of…

Rising Palestinian voices

My recent interview with Bay FM, a great community radio station in Byron Bay, Australia. The interviewer Fernando has constructed an interesting, podcast-style production on Israel/Palestine: BayFM 99.9 · Palestine Special with Mohammed & Muna El-Kurd and Antony Loewenstein 14.06.21

“Battle-testing” weapons during unnecessary conflicts

Whenever there’s another round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, both sides develop/hone their defence systems. Israel often tests new weapons and then promotes them to the world as “battle-tested”. I was interviewed by UK-outlet Middle East Eye (the article is also in French): Antony Loewenstein, an independent journalist who was recently based in Jerusalem and is…

What freedom in Palestine could look like

The most intense fighting between Israel and Hamas may have stopped for now but the human rights abuses in Palestine live on. Yesterday I was asked to speak at a large Palestine rally in Sydney’s CBD. I’ve long believed that it’s vital to speak out as a Jew in support of Palestinian rights: