Keith Kahn Harris

professionally curious, communally engaged

Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community

“The relationship between Anglo-Jewry and Israel is perilous, complex terrain – and there are few better placed to navigate it than Keith Kahn-Harris.”  Jonathan Freedland

Diaspora Jews are no longer unified in their support for Israel.

The author explores the causes of the conflicts and describes his own innovative efforts at conflict resolution. Analysing the various groupings –  left, right, secular and religious, pro and anti-Zionist – in Britain and the USA, Keith Kahn-Harris looks at the history of civility in society and examines the different methods used by international organisations and groups involved in developing dialogue within Jewish communities

He describes how using these techniques and with expert help, he brought together more than seventy prominent diverse British Jews for a series of encounters. He concludes that dialogue and civility is possible. But with no change in behaviour there will be serious consequences for the Jewish communities of the world.

“A masterful and thoughtful analysis of the various existing positions of Jews and Israel advocates on Israel. This book might just give us the language, the insights – and the pause – for us to do something a little more sensible, before it’s, stupidly, too late.” Clive Lawton – Jewish educator

I applaud Keith Kahn-Harris for having the courage to examine this vexatious debate in his richly textured book.”  Gabrielle Rifkind – Oxford Research Group’s Middle East conflict resolution specialist

Published by David Paul Books


Below, I discuss the book at length on the podularity podcast:


Reviews and articles discussing the book: 

Israeli Journal of Foreign Affairs

August 2014 Jews for Justice for Palestinians blog

14th March 2014, Blog of the Forum for the Discussion of Israel Palestine

28th March 2014, Jewish Quarterly blog

Spring 2014, symposium in the Jewish Quarterly magazine (featuring contributions by David Hirsh, Jonathan Cummings and Stephen Frosh). (Download pdf here.)

6th June 2014, Review by Simon Rocker in the Jewish Chronicle

Review by Colin Shindler in the 2014 volume of the Jewish Journal of Sociology. (Download pdf here.)


Articles by me expanding on the theme of the book

18th March 2014 What we fight about when we fight about Israel in the Times of Israel

23rd March 2014 Israel’s zero-sum game for the Diaspora in the Jewish Chronicle

17th April 2014 Why all the incivility when it comes to discussing Israel? in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent