About Adam LeBor

Adam LeBor is a British author and journalist based in Budapest, Hungary. His study of the United Nations' failure to prevent genocide, Complicity With Evil, is published by Yale University Press. He writes for numerous publications including The Times (of London), The New York Times , Literary Review and The Jewish Quarterly, and reviews crime fiction and thrillers for the Economist. His latest non-fiction book, City of Oranges, is published by WW Norton, and recounts the true life stories of six families in Jaffa, three Jewish and three Arab. City of Oranges was an editor's choice in The New York Times, book of the week in The Guardian and was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Literary prize. It even got a good review in Ash-Sharq al-Awsat. So Steven Spielberg, if you are reading this, get in touch.

On War Crimes

By January 13, 2009

Is Israel committing war crimes in Gaza?  Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights thinks it probably is. So do the International Committee of the Red Cross and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. I’m going to examine, … Read More

Mick Hume Goes to Sderot

By December 29, 2008

Trawling through the media coverage of Israel’s attack on Gaza, thankfully not every commentator follows the comment/analysis by the Telegraph’s Sean Rayment that Israel is “Addicted to violence”. How Rayment expects to be taken seriously as a supposedly impartial defence … Read More

“Never Again” Means Stopping Genocide Today, Not Just Remembering

By June 26, 2008

From: Adam LeBor To: Shmuel Rosner Dear Shmuel, Thanks for your perceptive letter, and I think you are right to move the debate along to explore Jewish responsibility for stopping genocide, if indeed Jews have such a responsibility. But before … Read More

The West Is Complicit In The Genocide In Darfur

By June 12, 2008

From: Adam LeBor To: Shmuel Rosner Dear Shmuel, Thanks for your thoughtful response. Once again you raise some good points, the most crucial of which is the Big Question: the United Nations — Angel or Satan? The case for the … Read More

The UN Can’t Stop Genocide; It Can Write Reports

By June 9, 2008

From: Adam LeBor To: Shmuel Rosner Dear Shmuel, Many thanks for your thoughtful letter. Yes, you are right, Complicity with Evil is a very depressing book. Depressingly compelling, and even essential, I hope. It chronicles the United Nations' failures in … Read More

Barack Obama’s Pan-Semitic Opportunity

By May 27, 2008

Earlier this year I wrote an article for Jewcy arguing that Barack Obama was good for the Jews. One of my more light-hearted points was that 'Barack' is essentially the same word as 'Baruch', and both mean 'blessed', so Jews … Read More

Kosovo Independence and Israel

By February 21, 2008

[Editor's note: Earlier today, a mass anti-American and anti-Kosovar protest broke out in Belgrade. Protesters set fire to the US embassy.] I just got back from Kosovo, and here’s my advice for the Israeli foreign ministry as it decides if … Read More

Barack Obama Is Good For The Jews

By January 8, 2008

As I'm writing for an American website, I will start with a declaration of interest. Pecuniary interest, even. I will personally benefit if Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. I placed a bet—enough for a decent … Read More