Joshua Fattal

Joshua Fattal is a Columbia sophomore planning to major in intellectual history.
He is interested in philosophy, politics, and human rights,
and currently sits on the editorial board of The Current
and the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review.
He can be reached at


Putting Evil in ContextPutting Evil in Context

September 25, 2012 10:09 pm

Within the story of the MEK lies the greater story of the ways in which the ideology and activity of a given entity can change, sometimes for worse and sometimes for better.




Truths and Untruths About Obama and IsraelTruths and Untruths About Obama and Israel

September 13, 2012 4:57 pm This aloofness is not reserved for Israel alone; the cold, piercing analysis with which Obama approaches every issue is evidence that this aloofness and sternness is very much the Obama style.




Seizing the Day and Fixing the SinaiSeizing the Day and Fixing the Sinai

August 30, 2012 1:16 am With Israelis and Egyptians still not trusting each other, the treaty needs to be made relevant for the 21st century. This month’s security problems prove that Israeli-Egyptian cooperation is a strategic necessity; the Sinai should therefore become a model of collaboration, not of confrontation



Why I Write About Syria

 Why I Write About Syria

August 15, 2012 11:11 pm Impotent or not, Orwell teaches me, it is writing about the hard topics, speaking out on Syria, that automatically breathes life into my words. Political purpose, it turns out, is nothing less than a writer’s very oxygen.




A Call for Feminist SanctionsA Call for Feminist Sanctions

 July 31, 2012 10:52 pm These “smart” sanctions have, in fact, done much to starve the very people they were supposed to protect.





Endless War: West Bank Occupation Hazards

Endless War: West Bank Occupation Hazards

July 19, 2012 9:30 am This report seems to think—or wish—that legalizing the settlements makes them morally correct, too. But while land can be politicized and subjected to legal dispute, the Palestinian people should not be politicized and subjected to hardship because of legal minutia