Antony Loewenstein

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Antony Loewenstein
Nationality Australian and German
Genre non-fiction

Antony Loewenstein is a freelance journalist, author, atheist Jewish-Australian, German[1] political activist and blogger.


Loewenstein has written for The Guardian,[2] Haaretz, The Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Sydney's Sun-Herald, The Bulletin, ZNet, The Big Issue, Crikey, CounterPunch, and the online magazine among others. He appears regularly on radio, in public and at universities discussing current affairs and politics.[3][4]

Loewenstein contributed a chapter to Not Happy, John (2004), a bestseller in Australia which highlighted the growing disenchantment with then-PM John Howard. His book on the Israel-Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, (2006 and in new editions in 2007 and 2009) was described by Ilan Pappé as "one of the best treatises which presents in the most lucid way possible why anti-Zionism can not be equated with anti-Semitism".[5] The Weekend Australian wrote that it "deserves a strong readership ... because it makes us uncomfortable".[6] It was short-listed for a 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award. The book was criticized in a review in Australian Jewish News.[7] His next book, The Blogging Revolution (2008), is about the impact of the internet in countries with repressive regimes. It was updated in 2011 after the Arab Spring. My Israel Question is available in an Arabic translation.

He contributed to the Verso Books release, A Time to Speak Out (2008), on the rise of global Jewish dissent.

He is the co-editor with Ahmed Moor of the 2012 book After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine which includes essays by Omar Barghouti, John Mearsheimer, Ilan Pappé, Sara Roy, and Jonathan Cook, among others.[8] In 2012 he also published Left Turn about failures of capitalism.[9]

In 2013, he released a book on vulture capitalism, Profits of Doom, (with a new edition in 2014) and a book on religion, faith and politics, For God's Sake.

In 2015 Loewenstein released a book with Verso Books, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out of Catastrophe, and is currently making a feature-length documentary on disaster capitalism.

Loewenstein is the co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV).[10][11]




  1. ^ Loewenstein, Antony (23 September 2013). "How I, an Australian Jewish-atheist, became a German citizen". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Antony Loewenstein". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  3. ^ Antony Loewenstein Short Biography Archived 6 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Foreign Correspondents' Association.
  4. ^ Antony Loewenstein: Changing people's perceptions about Jews, Jakarta Post.
  5. ^ My Israel Question Archived 20 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Weekend Australian, 29 July 2006, cited on My Israel Question (2007 reprint), p.i
  7. ^ Questioning Israel (28 July 2006) Archived 27 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Antony Loewenstein, Ahmed Moor, After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine, Saqi Books, (28 August 2012), ISBN 0863568165 ISBN 978-0863568169
  9. ^ Review of Left Turn from the Sydney Morning Herald.
  10. ^ Andra Jackson, New group takes on Jewish lobby, The Age, 6 March 2007
  11. ^ Australian Jewish leaders blast new NGO as anti-Zionist, Jerusalem Post, accessed 15 September 2012.

External links[edit]

External video
Book Discussion on Disaster Capitalism, C-SPAN, October 8, 2015