Benjamin Kerstein

Benjamin Kerstein

Benjamin Kerstein is a writer and editor living in Tel Aviv. He holds degrees in Jewish and Israeli history from Ben-Gurion and Tel Aviv Universities.

Watching America’s Crack-Up

Watching America’s Crack-Up

When you have lived long enough in a foreign country, you eventually begin to realize that the one you left behind, once accepted as utterly unique since it was all you knew, is not particularly different from anywhere else. One can call this perspective, but it is more a recognition

Benjamin Kerstein
Benjamin Kerstein
BLM
Neo-Totalitarianism and the Erasure of History

Neo-Totalitarianism and the Erasure of History

We are watching the era of the new iconoclasm take shape, no longer in the form of the destruction of religious icons, but in the demolition of historical memory via the toppling or desecration of statues and memorials across the West. While the removal of Confederate statues can be justified—

Benjamin Kerstein
Benjamin Kerstein
Activism
The War of Return—A Review

The War of Return—A Review

A review of The War of Return by Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf, All Points Books (April 2020) 304 pages In a story that may be apocryphal, the late Christopher Hitchens claimed that he had once seen legendary Israeli diplomat Abba Eban comment that the most striking aspect of the

Benjamin Kerstein
Benjamin Kerstein
Books