About ‘Militarists & Vegetarians’

“In this sense, there are no meaningful differences between our “militarists” and our “vegetarians.” One prefers an iron wall of Jewish bayonets, the other proposes an iron wall of British bayonets, the third proposes an agreement with Baghdad, and appears to be satisfied with Baghdad’s bayonets – a strange and somewhat risky taste’ but we all applaud, day and night, the iron wall.”

- Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923

This newsletter is about the relationship between the right wing ideologies of Hindutva and Zionism.

Though India and Israel have held significantly different trajectories since both became states in 1947 and 1948, the recent collusion between the two states carry significant consequences for democracy, the rule of law and justice worldwide.

This newsletter tracks this relationship.

About me:

I am a South African journalist with Middle East Eye based in New York. I have reported from across the African continent as well as from the Middle East and Kashmir. I am the author of Zuma’s Bastard (2010) and The Moslems are coming (2012). I am also the author of “Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance between India and Israel (2023).

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Journalist @MiddleEastEye. Previously @AJEnglish. Author of "Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel" (Pluto Press)