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The Jerusalem Post has reported that Gideon Levy, author of The Punishment of Gaza, has come under attack from UK pro-Israel activists. Read the full article here.

The remaining dates on Levy’s tour are as follows:

VENUE CHANGE – Thursday 19 August, Manchester, Friends Meeting House, 7.00pm (Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign open meeting). More info here.

Tuesday 24 August 2010, London, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, 8.15pm (in conversation with Jon Snow). More info here.

Wednesday 25 August, London, Frontline Club, 7.00pm (in conversation with Jeremy Bowen). More info here.

Both the London events are filling up quickly so book now!

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Isi Leibler of the Jerusalem Post has reported that the Israeli Embassy in London has been promoting next week’s public conversation between Gideon Levy, author of The Punishment of Gaza, and C4 news presenter Jon Snow at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre. More info about the event here.

Over the years I have encountered many cases of incompetence and blunders on the part of those responsible for promoting the case for Israel on a global level, but nothing quite as bizarre as what I experienced a few days ago.

A number of British Jews wrote to me complaining bitterly that the Israeli London Embassy was promoting a tour by Haaretz journalist Gidon Levy…

…My initial instinct was that the e-mail was a hoax and I urged my informant to obtain further clarification from the embassy.

I was then informed that Brodsky had indeed released the communication, justifying it on the grounds that it was being directed “to a small group of Jewish activists in order to inform them about an anti-Israeli event taking place in London.”

Read the full article here.

Levy has a number of other speaking dates in the next fortnight:

TODAY – Wednesday 18 August, Edinburgh, St Georges West, Shandwick Pl, 7.30pm (Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign open meeting). More info here.

VENUE CHANGE – Thursday 19 August, Manchester, Friends Meeting House, 7.00pm (Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign open meeting). More info here.

Tuesday 24 August 2010, London, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, 8.15pm (in conversation with Jon Snow). More info here.

Wednesday 25 August, London, Frontline Club, 7.00pm (in conversation with Jeremy Bowen). More info here.

Both the London events are filling up quickly so book now!

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Acclaimed Israeli journalist Gideon Levy will be speaking about his new book, The Punishment of Gaza (published by Verso in July 2010) at a number of locations in the next fortnight.

Described by Le Monde as a “thorn in Israel’s flank,” Gideon Levy has reported from the West Bank and Gaza for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz since 1982.

Dates, times and locations:

Wednesday 18 August, Edinburgh, festival appearance with Gilbert Achcar, Pepper Theatre,  12.30pm. More info and tickets here.

Wednesday 18 August, Edinburgh, St Georges West, Shandwick Pl, 7.30pm (Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign open meeting). More info here.

VENUE CHANGE – Thursday 19 August, Manchester, Friends Meeting House, 7.00pm (Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign open meeting). More info here.

Tuesday 24 August 2010, London, Amnest International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, 8.15pm (in conversation with Jon Snow). More info here.

Wednesday 25 August, London, Frontline Club, 7.00pm (in conversation with Jeremy Bowen). More info here.

Both the London events are filling up quickly so book now!

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Acclaimed Israeli journalist and author of The Punishment of Gaza, Gideon Levy, will be in conversation with Jeremy Bowen at The Frontline Club, London, on Wednesday 25th August 2010.

On route to Edinburgh Literary Festival Gideon Levy will be joining us at the Frontline Club Levy The Punishment of Gaza Cover Imagein conversation with BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen. He will be discussing recent developments in the Middle East and his book The Punishment of Gaza. In which he documents Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza and charts the events leading up to the assault of 2009.

More information here. Book tickets here or call 020 7479 8940.

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Asa Winstanley reviews Gideon Levy’s The Punishment of Gaza for The Electronic Intifada: Levy The Punishment of Gaza Cover Image

Levy is a searing critic of Israeli brutality, as anyone who has read him will know. Right from the beginning, he named the last major Israeli massacre of Gaza “a war crime” — in his 27 December 2008 article “The Neighborhood Bully Strikes Again.” And he criticized it on moral grounds, not merely as the “mistake” or “blunder” that hypocritical Israeli pundits, masquerading as critics, would label it much later on.

At his best, Levy has a way with words that leads him to some brilliant indictments of Israel. He speaks of “the basic, twofold Israeli sentiment that has been with us forever: to commit any wrong, but to feel pure in our own eyes. To kill, demolish, starve, imprison and humiliate — and to still be right, not to mention righteous.”

The full review is available here.If I Am Not For Myself Cover Small

Winstanley also reviews Mike Marqusee‘s If I am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew for The Electronic Intifada:

A fascinating, meandering sort of family memoir. From the subtitle “Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew” one expects an autobiography. As it turns out, it mostly tells the story of Marqusee’s grandfather Edward V. Morand, based on an inherited suitcase full of his old personal letters, newspaper clippings and so forth.

Winstanley goes to to praise the book as “a crucial warning from history on Palestine for the liberal left of today.”

The full review is available here.

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From Philosophy Football:

In the 1970s and 1980s Soweto became a global watchword not simply for the murderous brutality of the racist Apartheid Gaza t-shirt Imageregime but also the heroic resistance of the South African people. Solidarity with Soweto became a huge, popular international movement which helped isolate Apartheid. Today Gaza requires that same wave of support. As part of Philosophy Football’s contribution towards this we have produced a delightfully simple T-shirt design on a non-profit making basis. We are actively supporting and raising funds for the September 2010 aid convoys to Gaza organised by Viva Palestina but we cannot all join the convoys by land and air. Yet we can all wear ‘GAZA’ on our chest and help spread the message of solidarity. T-shirt in sizes S-XXL, plus womens’ skinny-rib fit.

The Punishment of Gaza Cover ImageThe t-shirts are available here.

Gideon Levy’s The Punishment of Gaza is now available in paperback. He will be giving a talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with Gibert Achcar on the 18th August, details of which can be found here.

He will also be giving a number of other talks in August:

  • Monday 16th- Wednesday 18th in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh, details of which can be found here.
  • Thursday 19th in Manchester, organised the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
  • Friday 20th-Tuesday 24th in London, details to be confirmed.

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Brendan Simms reviewed Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography for The Wall Street Journal over the weekend:

Gellner has been brought back to life—alongside his combative ideas and his maverick approach to intellectual combat—in a sympathetic but by no means reverential biography by his former pupil John A. Hall…

As Mr. Hall demonstrates, Gellner believed that there really was a clash between “liberty and pluralism,” on the one hand, and Gellner Biography Image“authoritarianism and oppressiveness” on the other. In a passionate riposte to Noam Chomsky, who had accused him of ignoring Western crimes, Gellner charged that his critic had “obscured” the fact that “the survival of freedom and accountable, limited government is an enormously important value even when some of its defenders are occasionally tarnished.

This was the authentic voice of Ernest Gellner: honest, cool and reasonable. Mr. Hall is to be congratulated for reminding us of how much we miss it today.

Read the full article here.

Scott McLemee has also reviewed Ernest Gellner for The National:

…offers a timely monument to an unjustly overlooked figure of 20th-century intellectual life…The cumulative effect is monumental – and a monument does seem overdue.

The Pubishment of Gaza ImageThe same edition of The National also contains a brief review of Gideon Levy’s The Punishment of Gaza:

Little of what he reports will be news to the book’s readers – and those who would be surprised by its contents are unlikely ever to pick it up. But this shouldn’t diminish the power of its testimony: it is a worthy monument to Israel’s victims in Gaza – and to the integrity of those, like Levy, who have refused to ignore the crimes committed in their names.

Read the full article here.

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