An almighty double issue, the centrepiece is a collection of responses to the summer’s Gaza conflict: After Gaza. Writers include Philippe Sands, Jeremy Schonfield, and cartoonist Corinne Pearlman. Elsewhere you can find acclaimed British novelist Will Self – on the book you should have read; a new short story by Talmudic scribe extraordinaire Josh Baum; and artist Sigalit Landau’s grand plans to make a Salt Bridge over the Dead Sea.
Here’s an extract from After Gaza, by Philippe Sands, Professor of Law at UCL and a practicing barrister:
The summer has offered numerous challenges. The upshot:
a Jew is not required to condone all actions of Israel
a Muslim is not required to condone all actions of Hamas,
to condemn certain actions of Israel is not to be anti-semitic,
to condemn certain actions of Hamas is not to be anti-islamic,
to condemn the actions of one is not to condone the actions of the other,
to condemn the actions of both is not to embrace equivalence,
to remain silent is the easier path,
to resist the tribal instinct (and the pressures in favour of silence) is more difficult.
Has my perspective changed across the summer? No. Reinforced? Yes.
Avoid tribalism, be independent. Don’t run with any lawless crowd. Condemn actions you believe to be wrong. Do not remain silent.
Is hope warranted? Always. There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
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