Pankaj Mishra: The Shoah After Gaza

Mishra is an Indian author based in the West and a staunch supporter of Israel’s victims. He is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books and the author of ‘Age of Anger’, among other books.

A powerful Western narrative holds the Shoah to be the incomparable crime of the modern era. But we find our moral and political consciousness profoundly altered when Israel, a country founded as a haven for the victims of genocidal racism, is itself charged with genocide. What is the fate of universal values after Israel’s collapse into violent nationalism? Mishra spoke on this as part of the LRB’s Winter Lecture series at St James’s Church, Clerkenwell, London on 28 February 2024: