We thought this would be a good time to recommend a few of our favourite books relevant in some way to our work or otherwise of interest to our loyal followers:
1. “The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism” by Dave Rich, head of policy at the Community Security Trust (CST). If you really want to understand the intellectual and political roots of the antisemitism crisis that rocked the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, this is a true must-read.
You can read our interview with Rich here.
2. The Finkler Question, by award-winning novelist and commentator Howard Jacobson, is one of our favourite works of fiction. Its funny, moving and extremely perceptive in its depiction of anti-Zionist British Jews, those ‘progressive’ souls who are ‘proud to be ashamed’ of being Jewish. The 2010 novel won the Man Booker Prize.
3. Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel. by journalist and commentator Matti Friedman. This 2019 book, which tells the incredible true stories of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, which became the nucleus of the Mossad: Jewish immigrants of Middle Eastern descent who carried out dangerous missions across enemy lines – by posing as Muslims – around the time of the state’s birth.
4. Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, by Yossi Klein-Halevi. Interweaving the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who liberated Jerusalem, Klein-Halevi uses his considerable writing talent to trace the history and divergent ideologies of Israel from the Six Day War to the present.
5. The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict‘ by Jonathan Spyer, a journalist specializing in Israel, Lebanon, Syria and broader regional strategy. The late Middle East scholar Barry Rubin characterized it as “probably the best book on Israel to be published in 30 years.” The 2010 book seeks to explain how the rise of Islamism changed the nature of the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
You can read our interview with Spyer here.