An appreciation of Akiva Orr, a co-founder of the revolutionary socialist, anti-Zionist organization Matzpen, and its powerful influence on British leftists.
Even if Scarfe's cartoon isn't anti-Semitic, it is still vile and offensive. Given enduring, and well-founded, Jewish sensitivities over certain imagery, it is manifestly preferable to caricature and castigate Israeli leaders without them dripping buckets of blood. There is hardly a shortage of material.
Post-Gaza, pre-UN, Israel looks even more isolated in a region that it has antagonized and alienated with its relentless, grinding occupation of the Palestinian people.
A new Israeli government campaign emphasizes Jewish refugees from Arab lands as a factor in any future negotiations with the Palestinians, but, asks Rachel Shabi, what on earth has each refugee issue got to do with the other?
Losing the complicity of regional dictators means that Israel needs to deploy diplomacy, and not brute force, with its neighbors in the Middle East. It's a radical shift, but depending only on military might won't keep Israel afloat much longer.