By: Sigal Davidi

(Lamda Scholarship, The Open University of Israel Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-965-06-1633-5; 441 pages; Hebrew;

Building a New Land is a historical-cultural study of the work of Jewish women architects in Mandatory Palestine. This is the first comprehensive study which reveals the work of pioneer women architects, adding a new chapter to what we know about women in architecture in the 20th century. It places women architects as key contributors in developing the design vocabulary for a new nation.

The book exposes the architectural work of a group of women who designed educational, residential and cultural institutions for various Zionist women’s organizations in Mandatory Palestine. It brings to light their impressive, but neglected, visionary body of work: the pioneering planning of institutions designed to support women while shaping the image of a “new woman.” It analyzes the unique contribution of women architects to the development of “social modernism,” a modern architecture that addresses social issues. The book portrays the important role these women architects played in promoting modern architecture in Mandatory Palestine, thus enhancing the social and cultural fabric of the nascent Jewish society.



Edited by: Uri Dorchin, Gabriella Djerrahian

(Routledge, 2020, Hardback ISBN 9780367629755, eBook ISBN 9781003111702, 270 pages)

This book explores contemporary inflections of blackness in Israel and foreground them in the historical geographies of Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The contributors engage with expressions and appropriations of modern forms of blackness for boundary-making, boundary-breaking, and boundary-re-making in contemporary Israel, underscoring the deep historical roots of contemporary understandings of race, blackness, and Jewishness.

Allowing a new perspective on the sociology of Israel and the realm of black studies, this volume reveals a highly nuanced portrait of the phenomenon of blackness, one that is located at the nexus of global, regional, national and local dimensions. While race has been discussed as it pertains to Judaism at large, and Israeli society in particular, blackness as a conceptual tool divorced from phenotype, skin tone and even music has yet to be explored. Grounded in ethnographic research, the study demonstrates that many ethno-racial groups that constitute Israeli society intimately engage with blackness as it is repeatedly and explicitly addressed by a wide array of social actors.

Enhancing our understanding of the politics of identity, rights, and victimhood embedded within the rhetoric of blackness in contemporary Israel, this book will be of interest to scholars of blackness, globalization, immigration, and diaspora.



By: Emmanuel Navon

(University of Nebraska Press, 2020, Hardcover IBSN: 978-0-8276-1506-9; eBook [PDF]: 978-0-8276-1860-2; eBook [EPUB] 978-0-8276-1858-9; 536 pages)

The first all-encompassing book on Israel’s foreign policy and the diplomatic history of the Jewish people, The Star and the Scepter retraces and explains the interactions of Jews with other nations from the ancient kingdoms of Israel to modernity.

Starting with the Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel Navon argues that one cannot grasp Israel’s interactions with the world without understanding how Judaism’s founding document has shaped the Jewish psyche. He sheds light on the people of Israel’s foreign policy through the ages: the ancient kingdoms of Israel, Jewish diasporas in Europe from the Middle Ages to the emancipation, the emerging nineteenth-century Zionist movement, and Zionist diplomacy following World War I and surrounding World War II.

Navon elucidates Israel’s foreign policy from the birth of the state in 1948 to our days: the dilemmas and choices at the beginning of the Cold War; Israel’s attempts to establish periphery alliances; the Arab-Israeli conflict; Israel’s relations with Europe, the United States, Russia, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the United Nations, and the Jewish diasporas; and how twenty-first-century energy geopolitics is transforming Israel’s foreign relations today.

Navon’s analysis is rooted in two central ideas, represented by the Star of David (faith) and the scepter (political power). First, he contends that the interactions of Jews with the world have always been best served by combining faith with pragmatism. Second, Navon shows how the state of Israel owes its diplomatic achievements to national assertiveness and hard power—not only military strength but economic prowess and technological innovation. Demonstrating that diplomacy is a balancing act between ideals and realpolitik, The Star and the Scepter draws aspirational and pragmatic lessons from Israel’s exceptional diplomatic history.



Second Edition

By: David Kretzmer and Yaël Ronen

(Oxford University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780190696023, 540 pages)

Judicial review by Israel's Supreme Court over actions of Israeli authorities in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 is an important element in Israel's legal and political control of these territories. The Occupation of Justice presents a comprehensive discussion of the Court's decisions in exercising this review. This revised and expanded edition includes updated material and analysis, as well as new chapters. Inter alia, it addresses the Court's approach to its jurisdiction to consider petitions from residents of the Occupied Territories; justiciability of sensitive political issues; application and interpretation of the international law of belligerent occupation in general, and the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular; the relevance of international human rights law and Israeli constitutional law; the rights of Gaza residents after the withdrawal of Israeli forces and settlements from the area; Israeli settlements and settlers; construction of the separation barrier in the West Bank; security measures, including internment, interrogation practices, and punitive house demolitions; and judicial review of hostilities.

The study examines the inherent tension involved in judicial review over the actions of authorities in a territory in which the inhabitants are not part of the political community the Court belongs to. It argues that this tension is aggravated in the context of the West Bank by the glaring disparity between the norms of belligerent occupation and the Israeli government's policies. The study shows that while the Court's review has enabled many individuals to receive a remedy, it has largely served to legitimise government policies and practices in the Occupied Territories.



By: Aviad Rubin

(SUNY series in Comparative Politics, 2020, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8077-0, 324 pages)

In this comparative study of the religion-state relationship in Turkey and Israel in the modern era, Bounded Integration reveals the influence this dynamic interaction has had on democratic performance in both countries. In societies where a dominant religion serves as an important component of individual and collective identity, the imposition of secular policies from above may not facilitate democratization but may rather impede the embedding of democracy in society. Moreover, the inclusion or exclusion of religion following statehood may facilitate a certain type of path-dependent political culture, one with long-term political consequences. Aviad Rubin’s refreshing analytical approach comparing and contrasting the region’s only two longstanding democratic entities and the dynamics of religion and the state in two different religions, Islam and Judaism, facilitates generalizable lessons for emergent political regimes in the post–Arab Spring Middle East.



By: Neta Sher-Hadar, Lihi Lahat, and Itzhak Galnoor

(Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021, ISBN: 978-3-030-45806-5 [Hardcover], ISBN: 978-3-030-45807-2 [online], 298 pages

This book is the first to explore collaborative governance arrangements in Israel. It offers a new, modular definition of collaborative governance, focusing on its contributions toward public values and democracy. The book discusses different kinds of collaborations, their scope, implications, and impact on governability in Israel, a country which provides an interesting setting for learning about collaborative governance, given its heterogeneous population and the nature of the relationship between the state's civil service, the business sector and the civil society. The book presents examples derived from local, and central government levels, and from policy areas such as education, regulation and local government.



By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah 

(Pardes Press, 2021, ISBN: 978-1618388049; 207 pages; Hebrew; ) 

The current book provides new insights about one of the most heated debates in Israeli society concerning the incorporation of women to combat roles in the Israel Defense Forces.  Drawing on interviews with 100 female combat soldiers about their experiences in combat and war, this book asks what insights are gained when we take women’s experiences in war as our starting point instead of treating them as “add-ons” to more fundamental or mainstream levels of analysis, and what importance these experiences hold for an analysis of violence, trauma and for security studies. Importantly, the authors introduce a theoretical framework in critical security studies for understanding the integration of IDF women soldiers into combat and combat-support roles, as well as the challenges they face. It is a translated and revised version of their 2020 book: Breaking the Binaries in Security Studies – A gendered analysis of women in Combat (Oxford University Press).  



By: Yael Halevi-Wise

(Penn State University Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-0-271-08785-6 (hardcover, 226 pages)

Once referred to by the New York Times as the “Israeli Faulkner,” A. B. Yehoshua’s fiction invites an assessment of Israel’s Jewish inheritance and the moral and political options that the country currently faces in the Middle East. The Retrospective Imagination of A. B. Yehoshua is an insightful overview of the fiction, nonfiction, and hundreds of critical responses to the work of Israel’s leading novelist.

Instead of an exhaustive chronological-biographical account of Yehoshua’s artistic growth, Yael Halevi-Wise calls for a systematic appreciation of the author’s major themes and compositional patterns. Specifically, she argues for reading Yehoshua’s novels as reflections on the “condition of Israel,” constructed multifocally to engage four intersecting levels of signification: psychological, sociological, historical, and historiosophic. Each of the book’s seven chapters employs a different interpretive method to showcase how Yehoshua’s constructions of character psychology, social relations, national history, and historiosophic allusions to traditional Jewish symbols manifest themselves across his novels. The book ends with a playful dialogue in the style of Yehoshua’s masterpiece, Mr. Mani, that interrogates his definition of Jewish identity.

Masterfully written, with full control of all the relevant materials, Halevi-Wise’s assessment of Yehoshua will appeal to students and scholars of modern Jewish literature and Jewish studies.



By: Assaf Shelleg

(Oxford University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780197504642 (hardcover), 480 pages)

Theological Stains offers the first in-depth study of the development of art music in Israel from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first. In a bold and deeply researched account, author Assaf Shelleg explores the theological grammar of Zionism and its impact on the art music written by emigrant and native composers. He argues that Israeli art music, caught in the tension between a bibliocentric territorial nationalism on the one hand and the histories of deterritorialized Jewish diasporic cultures on the other, often features elements of both of these competing narratives. Even as composers critically engaged with the Zionist paradigm, they often reproduced its tropes and symbols, thereby creating aesthetic hybrids with 'theological stains.'

Drawing on newly uncovered archives of composers' autobiographical writings and musical sketches, Shelleg closely examines the aesthetic strategies that different artists used to grapple with established nationalist representations. As he puts the history of Israeli art music in conversation with modern Hebrew literature, he weaves a rich tapestry of Israeli culture and the ways in which it engaged with key social and political developments throughout the second half of the twentieth century. In analyzing Israeli music and literature against the backdrop of conflicts over territory, nation, and ethnicity, Theological Stains provides a revelatory look at the complex relationship between art and politics in Israel.



By: Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky

(Syracuse University Press, 2021, Paperback ISBN: 9780815636809, Hardcover ISBN: 9780815636700, eBook ISBN: 9780815654957, 232 pages)

The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, devastated Palestinian lives and shattered Palestinian society, culture, and economy. It also nipped in the bud a nascent grassroots, binational alliance between Arab and Jewish citrus growers.

This significant and unprecedented partnership was virtually erased from the collective memory of both Israelis and Palestinians when the Nakba decimated villages and populations in a matter of months. In The Lost Orchard, Kabha and Karlinsky tell the story of the Palestinian citrus industry from its inception until 1950, tracing the shifting relationship between Palestinian Arabs and Zionist Jews. Using rich archival and primary sources, as well as on a variety of theoretical approaches, Kabha and Karlinsky portray the industry’s social fabric and stratification, detail its economic history, and analyze the conditions that enabled the formation of the unique binational organization that managed the country’s industry from late 1940 until April 1948.



Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel by Michal Shaul is the most recent publication in our series: Perspectives on Israel Studies (sponsored by the Schusterman Center of Israel Studies of Brandeis University and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev).

Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel

How did the Ultraorthodox (Haredi) community chart a new path for its future after it lost the core of its future leaders, teachers, and rabbis in the Holocaust? How did the revival of this group come into being in the new Zionist state of Israel?

In Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel, Michal Shaul highlights the special role that Holocaust survivors played as they rebuilt and consolidated Ultraorthodox society. Although many Haredi were initially theologically opposed to the creation of Israel, they have become a significant force in the contemporary life and politics of the country. Looking at personal and public experiences of Ultraorthodox survivors in the first years of emigration from liberated Europe and breaking down how their memories entered the public domain, Shaul documents how they were incorporated into the collective memories of the Ultraorthodox in Israel.

Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel offers a rare mix of empathy and scholarly rigor to understandings of the role that the community's collective memories and survivor mentality have played in creating Israel's national identity.  See:

Other books published in 2020 in IUP's Perspectives in Israel Studies:

-       Paula Kabalo, Israel Community Action; Living though the War of Independence

-       Uri Bialer, Israeli Foreign Policy; A People Shall Not Dwell Alone

-       Rachel Rojanski, Yiddish in Israel; A History


Series editors: S. Ilan Troen, Natan Aridan, Donna Divine, David Ellenson, Arieh Saposnik, Jonathan Sarna



By: Amnon Aran

(City University London, 2020, IBSN: 9781107280618)

This is the first study of Israeli foreign policy towards the Middle East and selected world powers including China, India, the European Union and the United States since the end of the Cold War. It provides an integrated account of these foreign policy spheres and serves as an essential historical context for the domestic political scene during these pivotal decades. The book demonstrates how foreign policy is shaped by domestic factors, which are represented as three concentric circles of decision-makers, the security network and Israeli national identity. Told from this perspective, Amnon Aran highlights the contributions of the central individuals, societal actors, domestic institutions, and political parties that have informed and shaped Israeli foreign policy decisions, implementation, and outcomes. Aran demonstrates that Israel has pursued three foreign policy stances since the end of the Cold War - entrenchment, engagement and unilateralism - and explains why.



By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah

(Oxford University Press, 2020, ISBN: 9780190072582, 152 pages)

Several months after a 2014 operation in the Gaza Strip, fifty-three Israeli Defense Forces combatants and combat-support soldiers were awarded military decorations for exhibiting extraordinary bravery. From a gendered perspective, the most noteworthy aspect of these awards was not the fact that only 4 of the 53 recipients were women, but rather the fact that the men were uniformly praised for being "brave," being "heroes," "actively performing acts of bravery," "protecting," and "preventing terror attacks," while the women were repeatedly commended for "not panicking." This pattern is not unique to the Israeli case, but rather reflects the patriarchal norms that still prevail in military institutions worldwide. One might expect that, now that women serve on the battlefield as combatants, some of the gendered norms informing militaries would have long disappeared. As it stands, women in the military still face a double battle—against the patriarchal institution, as well as against the military's purported enemies.

Drawing on interviews with 100 women military veterans about their experiences in combat, this book asks what insights are gained when we take women's experiences in war as our starting point instead of treating them as "add-ons" to more fundamental or mainstream levels of analysis, and what importance these experiences hold for an analysis of violence and for security studies. Importantly, the authors introduce a theoretical framework in critical security studies for understanding (vis-à-vis binary deconstructions of the terms used in these fields) the integration of women soldiers into combat and combat-support roles, as well as the challenges they face. While the book focuses on women in the Israeli Defence Forces, the book provides different perspectives about why it is important to explore women in combat, what their experiences teach us, and how to consider soldiers and veterans both as citizens and as violent state actors—an issue with which scholars are often reluctant to engage. Breaking the Binaries in Security Studies raises methodological considerations about ways of evaluating power relations in conflict situations and patriarchal structures.

Three Books of Rafi Nets

The Israeli Collective Memory of the Palestinian Refugee Problem
By: Rafi Nets-Zehngut (email for a free PDF copy)

(Steinmetz Center, Tel Aviv University, 2020, ISBN 9789657001653, 408 pages, Hebrew).

This pioneering book is based on a PhD dissertation that won the Best Dissertation Prize of the AIS. It describes the way the causes for the 1948 Palestinian exodus (e.g., narratives of willing flight or expulsion) were described in 56 years (1949-2004) in all the publications of seven main Israeli-Jewish institutions: academia, newspapers, war veterans, NGOs, Ministry of Education, the army and the National Information Center. All this provides the descriptive aspect of the given memory. In addition, the book addresses 96 interviews with key people in these 7 institutions throughout the 56 years, interviews that explain why the analyzed publications contained a certain narrative and not another (thereby providing the explanatory aspect of the given memory). All the above mentioned empirical (descriptive and explanatory) findings are translated into theoretical insights. Lastly, based on the abovementioned wide empirical database, the book provides the first theoretical model that describes the fixation and change of the collective memory of conflicts. All in all, the books provides numerous empirical and theoretical contributions regarding collective memory in general, and that of conflicts in particular (with an empirical focus on Israel). Click here for more details. 

A Three-fold Model for Addressing the Aftermath of Collective Conflict: Active Reconciliation, Passive Reconciliation and Self-Healing. 

By: Rafi Nets-Zehngut (email for a free PDF copy)

(Lambert Academic Publishing, 2018, ISBN 9786139817931, 340 pages, English).

Intractable conflicts cause severe damage to the involved parties and to their relations. This damage must be properly addressed in order to ameliorate the wellbeing of the rivals and to prevent the re-eruption of conflicts. This book describes the first inclusive model to address this damage, a model that integrates three processes: a) The Active Reconciliation Process (collaboration of rivals on conflict-related issues, e.g., cultural collaborations or mutual revision of history textbooks, in order to actively promote reconciliation); b) the Passive Reconciliation Process (collaboration of rivals on instrumental non-conflict-related issues, e.g., health or economy, reconciliation is passively advanced as a by-product); c) the Self-Healing Process (each rival party heals itself independently). The book theoretically describes these processes in detail and considers their mutual relations. To this end, empirical examples, mostly from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as other conflicts worldwide, are provided. Click here for more details.


The Israeli and Palestinian Collective Memory of Conflict – Survey Findings, Analysis, Comparison and Collaboration.

By: Rafi Nets-Zehngut (email for a free PDF copy)

(Lambert Academic Publishing, 2017, ISBN 9786202004398, 301 pages, English).

This book addresses the collective memory of these two peoples. As for the Israeli-Jews, the main focus of the book, it describes the first representative survey that examined their memory regarding 23 major events of the Israeli-Arab/Palestinian conflict, the characteristics of the historical narratives that they adopt, and the nature of major events that they typically include in these narratives. The book also discusses the huge impact of the passing of time on memory, internal and external memories as well as the role of direct-experience people in promoting transitional justice. As for the Palestinians, the book describes their memory regarding the 1948 Palestinian exodus. Lastly, as for both parties:  the book compares the memory of the two parties regarding the 1948 Palestinian exodus and describes the massive historical-narrative-collaboration-process that took place between them in the early 2000s. Click here for more details.



The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is delighted to announce its new partnership with McGill-Queen’s University Press to launch the McGill-Queen’s/ Azrieli Institute Series in Israel Studies.

The publishing program of the series will reflect the disciplinary and methodological diversity that characterize the academic field of Israel Studies. Accordingly, proposals from all areas of scholarly inquiry related to the study of modern Israel including, but not limited to, Fine Arts, History, Literature, Translation Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Law, and Religious Studies are welcome. Prospective authors should contact either the Series or the Press Editor.


Series Editor:                                                           

Csaba Nikolenyi, Director                                         

Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies                                

Concordia  University, Canada



Press Editor: 

Richard Ratzlaff, Editor

McGill-Queen’s University Press



Editorial Advisory Board:

 Name                                                 Institution, country

 Yael Aronoff                                        Michigan State University, USA

 Maya Balakirsky Katz                          Bar-Ilan University, Israel

 Yael Halevi-Wise                                  McGill University, Canada

 Daniel Heller                                       Monash University, Australia

 Menachem Hoffnung                           Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

 P. R. Kumarswamy                               Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

 Ira Robinson                                        Concordia University, Canada

 David Tal                                             University of Sussex, United Kingdom


Special Issue: Beginnings and Endings: Narration and Emplotment in the History of Zionism and the State of Israel; Guest editor: Orit Rozin




By: Eytan Gilboa

(Ramat-Gan: The BESA Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University, 2020), 141 pages.

Supportive public opinion has been a key factor in the formation and development of the US-Israel “special relationship.” This monograph presents and analyzes long-term trends in American attitudes toward Israel since 2000. The analysis is based on the collection, integration, and analysis of data from numerous national public opinion surveys conducted in the US by the most reliable and reputable polling agencies. This study includes five chapters. The first, the milieu of opinion formation, provides brief information on key factors that influence the adoption and evolution of opinions toward Israel. The second explores views of Israel, perceptions of Israel as an American ally, and opinions on US military aid to Israel. The third presents trends on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including views of Israel and of the Palestinian Authority, sympathies with the respective sides, and opinions on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. The fourth explores opinions on Iran, mostly on the highly controversial nuclear deal of 2015. The final chapter presents and analyzes socio-demographic dimensions. This study attempts to overcome two major deficiencies in public opinion research. Certain studies focus on the results of specific polls and do not place them within long-term trends, and most present data and interpretations are divorced from their political and strategic contexts. These contexts influence the shaping of opinions and are essential to explain fluctuations over time. This study provides both long-term trends and relevant political and strategic contexts. The trends reveal strong and stable support for Israel in American public opinion on all the issues discussed in this study. The sociodemographic data and analysis, however, show serious cracks. Significant differences were found between the attitudes of Republicans and Democrats, younger and older people, and even different groups of American Jews. A long-term Israeli strategy must consider the positions and values of the groups that are less supportive, the predicted demographic changes in the American society, and the challenge of curbing the anti-Israel poisoning of students who will be assuming major elected and appointed positions in the next decades.

Click here to access the monograph.



By: Yael S. Aronoff (author of contributions, editor), Ilan Peleg (author of contributions, editor), Saliba Sarsar (author of contributions, editor),

Nadav G. Shelef (author of contributions), Yossi Beilin (author of contributions), Naomi Chazan (author of contributions), Joel Migdal (author of contributions)

(Rowman & Littlefield: 2020, ISBN: 9781793605702, 270 pages)

Ten leading scholars and practitioners of politics, political science, anthropology, Israel studies, and Middle East affairs address the theme of continuity and change in political culture as a tribute to Professor Myron (Mike) J. Aronoff whose work on political culture has built conceptual and methodological bridges between political science and anthropology.

Topics include the legitimacy of the two-state solution, identity and memory, denationalization, the role of trust in peace negotiations, democracy, majority-minority relations, inclusion and exclusion, Biblical and national narratives, art in public space, and avant-garde theater. Countries covered include Israel, Palestine, the United States, the Basque Autonomous Region of Spain, and Poland. The first four chapters by Yael S. Aronoff, Saliba Sarsar, Yossi Beilin, and Nadav Shelef examine aspects of the conflict and peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, including alternative solutions. The contributions by Naomi Chazan, Ilan Peleg, and Joel Migdal tackle challenges to democracy in Israel, in other divided societies, and in the creation of the American public. Yael Zerubavel, Roland Vazquez, and Jan Kubik focus their analyses on aspects of national memory, memorialization, and dramatization. Mike Aronoff relates his work on various aspects of political culture to each chapter in an integrative essay in the Epilogue.



By: Abromovich, R., Bar-Tal, D., & Ben-Amos A.

(Tel Aviv: Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 2020, in Hebrew)

The book describes a wide scope study of  the messages embodied in two official Israeli national ceremonies – the Remembrance Day commemoration for fallen soldiers and the Independence Day ceremony – in light of the intractable conflict in which Israel has been engaged for many years. Specifically, an attempt has been made to identify changes in societal beliefs of ethos of conflict as they are reflected in national ceremonies though the years, changes which are a result of events linked to the conflict. This is based on an assumption that the messages of the official ceremonies express the formal positions of the state regarding the conflict.



By: Bar-Tal, D., Raviv, A., & Abromovich, R.

(Tel Aviv: Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 2020, in Hebrew)

The book reports on a study that was conducted using in-depth interviews in order to shed light on the psychological and social world of the Jewish members of the Israeli society, by examining interviewees’ world view about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The study aims to address two gaps. The first is to use in-depth interviews to examine the repertoire of the ethos of the conflict and collective memory of the Israeli Jews. The second is to understand how this repertoire was acquired, what changes it underwent over the years, and what sources of information feed it. The study though has an additional aim too. It was conducted between 2002-2003 in order to examine the shifts and changes in the beliefs of the ethos of the conflict as a result of the pivotal events of 2000. It can be said that this study, probably unique in its breadth and depth, validates the findings from quantitative studies and surveys of the 2000s. Those studies also showed that despite differences between the Hawkish and Dovish blocs, there remains a common ground which reflects the societal beliefs which are the foundation of Israeli-Jewish society. The current study presents a clear picture regarding the ideological watershed moment. The period between 2000-2003 formed a turning point in the political structure of Jewish society in Israel. It is the first time that a comprehensive inquiry brings forth the words that systematically and extensively express the views of the Israeli-Jews. In this manner, one can begin to understand the onset of the rapid process which began in 2000 and is currently ongoing. The Left-wing bloc has dwindled over time until becoming a small minority, whereas the Right-wing bloc has grown considerably and the Centrists have grown closer and closer to it in their views. This structure of views and attitudes has a crucial impact on the course and essence of the State of Israel, governed mainly by coalitions in which the right is dominant.



By: Daniel Mahla

(Cambridge University Press, 2020, ISBN: 1108481515, 318 Pages)

During the first half of the twentieth century, nationalizing processes in Europe and Palestine reshaped observant Jewry into two distinct societies, ultra-Orthodoxy and national-religious Judaism. Tracing the dynamics between the two most influential Orthodox political movements of the period, from their early years through the founding of the State of Israel, Daniel Mahla examines the crucial role that religio-political entrepreneurs played in these developments. He frames the contest between non-Zionist Agudat Yisrael and religious-Zionist Mizrahi as the product of wide-ranging social and cultural struggles within Orthodox Judaism and demonstrates that at the core of their conflict lay deep tensions between rabbinic authority and political activism. While Orthodoxy's encounter with modern Jewish nationalism is often cast as a confrontation between religious and secular forces, this book highlights the significance of intra-religious competition for observant Jewry's transition to the age of the nation state and beyond.



By: Christine Leuenberger and Izhak Schnell

(Oxford University Press, 2020, Hardcover | 9780190076238, 244 Pages)

The  land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan Valley has been one of the most disputed territories in history. Since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, Palestinians and Israelis have each sought claim to the national identity of the land through various martial, social and scientific tactics, but no method has offered as much legitimacy and national controversy as that of the map. The Politics of Maps delves beneath the battlefield to unearth the cartographic strife behind the Israel/Palestine conflict. Blending science and technology studies, sociology, and geography with a host of archival material, in-depth interviews and ethnographies, this book explores how the geographical sciences came to be entangled with the politics, territorial claim-making, and nation-state building of Israel/Palestine.



By: Nadav Shelef

(Cornell University Press, 2020, ISBN 9780801479922, 336 pages)

Why are some territorial partitions accepted as the appropriate borders of a nation's homeland, whereas in other places conflict continues despite or even because of division of territory? In Homelands, Nadav G. Shelef develops a theory of what homelands are that acknowledges both their importance in domestic and international politics and their change over time. These changes, he argues, driven by domestic political competition and help explain the variation in whether partitions resolve conflict. Homelands also provides systematic, comparable data about the homeland status of lost territory over time that allow it to bridge the persistent gap between constructivist theories of nationalism and positivist empirical analyses of international relations. Click here for more details.



Edited by: Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler and Anat Geva Series edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Christiane Gruber

(Intellect, 2020, ISBN 9781789380644, 390 pages)

This collection discusses the innovative and experimental architecture of Israel during its first three decades following the nation’s establishment in 1948. Written by leading researchers, the volume highlights new perspectives on the topic, discussing the inception, modernization and habitation of historic and lesser-researched areas alike in its interrogation. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler and Anat Geva show how Israeli nation building, in its cultural, political and historical contexts, constituted an exceptional experiment in modern architecture. Examples include modern experiments in mass housing design; public architecture such as exhibition spaces, youth villages and synagogues; a necessary consideration of climate in modern architectural experiments; and the exportation of Israeli modern architecture to other countries.



The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the release of its second issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, a bi-annual publication series comprised of research-informed essays that explore contemporary issues and trends in Israel. Each essay approaches an issue from a theoretical, comparative, or historical perspective to offer scholarly insights on current developments.

The new issue features a timely and insightful article by Dr. Uri Dorchin, "The History, Politics and Social Construction of 'Blackness' in Israel." An anthropologist specializing in cultural interactions, Dorchin analyzes how Blackness in Israel has shaped ties between Jews and Arabs, Mizrahim and Ashkenazim, Ethiopians and other immigrants from Africa.

For a pdf copy of the new Currents, click here.

Dorchin was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nazarian Center. His edited book Blackness in Israel: Rethinking Racial Boundaries is forthcoming in Routledge (2020).

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is an academic center that promotes a broader and deeper understanding of Israel?s history, politics, society, and culture as a modern democratic state. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and a dispassionate approach, the center provides opportunities for students, faculty and scholars to conduct research, teach and learn about Israel, whatever their politics or backgrounds.

We hope that you enjoy this second issue of Currents, and welcome your feedback.

If you are interested in contributing to Currents, please reach out to our Managing Editor.


Prof. Dov Waxman                                           


The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert

Foundation Chair in Israel Studies




By: Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf

(St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2020, ISBN: 9781250252760, 304 Pages)

Two prominent Israeli liberals argue that for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to end with peace, Palestinians must come to terms with the fact that there will be no "right of return."

In 1948, seven hundred thousand Palestinians were forced out of their homes by the first Arab-Israeli War. More than seventy years later, most of their houses are long gone, but millions of their descendants are still registered as refugees, with many living in refugee camps. This group—unlike countless others that were displaced in the aftermath of World War II and other conflicts—has remained unsettled, demanding to settle in the state of Israel. Their belief in a "right of return" is one of the largest obstacles to successful diplomacy and lasting peace in the region.

In The War of Return, Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf—both liberal Israelis supportive of a two-state solution—reveal the origins of the idea of a right of return, and explain how UNRWA - the very agency charged with finding a solution for the refugees - gave in to Palestinian, Arab and international political pressure to create a permanent “refugee” problem. They argue that this Palestinian demand for a “right of return” has no legal or moral basis and make an impassioned plea for the US, the UN, and the EU to recognize this fact, for the good of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

A runaway bestseller in Israel, the first English translation of The War of Return is certain to spark lively debate throughout America and abroad.



By: Gregory Mahler, ed.

(Routledge, 2019, ISBN-13: 978-1138047686, ISBN-10: 1138047686, 416 pages)

The Arab-Israeli conflict has been one of the most protracted and contentious disputes in modern history. This wide-ranging textbook examines the diplomatic and historical setting within which the conflict developed, from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives, and gives a comprehensive overview of the peace process. The new edition includes a revised and updated introduction and a wider selection of documents up through the first year of the Trump presidency. Enabling students to easily access and study original documents through the supportive framework of a textbook, THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT:

* presents over 80 of the most important and widely cited documents in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

* presents these documents in an edited form to highlight key elements

* includes an introductory chapter which sets the context for the study of the history of the conflict

* covers a comprehensive historical period, ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day

* incorporates a wide range of pedagogical aids: original documents, maps, and boxed sections

This important textbook is an essential aid for courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process, and will be an invaluable reference tool for all students of political science, Middle East studies, and history.



By: Ori Yehudai

(Cambridge University Press, 2020, ISBN: 1108478344, 282 pages)

The story of Israel's foundation has often been told from the perspective of Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel. Leaving Zion turns this historical narrative on its head, focusing on Jewish out-migration from Palestine and Israel between 1945 and the late 1950s. Based on previously unexamined primary sources collected from twenty-two archives in six countries, Ori Yehudai demonstrates that despite the dominant view that displaced Jews should settle in the Jewish homeland, many Jews instead saw the country as a site of displacement or a way-station to more desirable lands. Weaving together the perspectives of governments, aid organizations, Jewish communities and the personal stories of individual migrants, Yehudai brings to light the ideological, political and social tensions surrounding emigration. Covering events in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, this study provides a fresh transnational perspective on the critical period surrounding the birth of Israel and the post-Holocaust reconstruction of the Jewish world.



By: Brian J Horowitz

(Indiana University Press, 2020, ISBN-10: 0253047684, ISBN-13: 978-0253047687, 290 pages)

In Vladimir Jabotinsky’s Russian Years, the award-winning scholar Brian Horowitz attempts to untangle the riddle of Jabotinsky’s life and philosophy. In vivid, graceful prose, he considers Jabotinsky’s development in the crucible of his Russian years, 1880–TK. He ponders the events and experiences that affected Jabotinsky, and the Russian milieu that shaped him so profoundly. He explains how Jabotinsky became a committed Zionist, uniquely attuned to the yearnings of the Jewish soul for a homeland.

A man of great contradictions, Jabotinsky was tough but refined, a Shakespeare-quoting humanist who relished the brutal realpolitik of state-building. Horowitz captures Jabotinsky in his entirety, never simplifying him. With insight and precision, Horowitz describes Jabotinsky’s vision for a Jewish state; his controversial position on Arab–Jewish coexistence; his obsession with Jewish honor, discipline, and self-sacrifice. Using rare and unused materials, some thought to be lost, Horowitz performs a feat of scholarly synthesis, adding insights gleaned from close readings of Jabotinsky’s essays, public statements, and autobiography, Story of My Life.


Issue 33 has been published!

Editor: Avi Bareli ׀ Assistant Editor: Orna Miller

Editorial Board: Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Kimmy Caplan, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ilana Rosen, Ofer Shiff

Iyunim is a semi-annual journal, published by the Ben-Gurion

Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sede-Boker. The journal holds two series:

I) The semi-annual series: Each volume contains research articles in various fields that specializes in modern Jewish society and Israeli society and stat, since the end of the 19th century. The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines, such as history, sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, culture, geography, art, gender.

II) The thematic series: Each of its issues is dedicated to a significant current topic within the journal's fields of interest. This two-series format – the semi-annul and the thematic one – provides an invigorating and on-going platform for discussing the most prominent questions of state, society and culture in Israel.


Dan Naor Did All Roads Really Lead to Beirut? Menachem Begin’s Lebanese Policy, 1977-1982׀ Aharon Kampinsky Minister Zevulun Hamer’s Ambivalent Attitude to the Peace Process with Egypt ׀Uri Cohen Blocking Social Mobility in the Open University: Govering Institutions and the Council for Higher Education, 1974-1987 ׀ Ram Yehoshua Adut Dad Works, Mom Makes a Living: Life Stories of Mizrahi-Jews and Arab-Israelis of the ‘First Mobility Generation’ ׀ Deborah Bernstein, Talia Pfefferman From Haifa to Berlin: The Jewish Bourgeoisie in Palestine in the Early 20th Century from a Gender Perspective ׀ Roy Weintraub History Education in State-Religious Schools during the Past Decade ׀ Yair Seltenreich Shaping a Mobilized Culture: The 1936 Riots and the 'Hashomer' Collection ׀ Ofer Kenig, Chen Friedberg Does the Knesset Reflect the Composition of Israeli Society? Changes in Representative Gaps, 1977-2019 ׀ Tal Lento Under the Radar: The Adoption of the Constructive Vote of No-Confidence in Israel

The issue is available online on 'Iyunim' and 'Kotar' websites. For now, it is only available in digital format.

Contact info: 972-8-6596940 ; ;



By: Moshe Shokeid

(Berghahn 2020, ISBN 978-1-78920-698, 206 pages)

Moshe Shokeid narrates his experiences as a member of AD KAN (NO MORE), a protest movement of Israeli academics at Tel Aviv University, who fought against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, founded during the first Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993). However, since the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the later obliteration of the Oslo accord, public manifestations of dissent on Israeli campuses have been remarkably mute. This chronicle of AD KAN is explored in view of the ongoing theoretical discourse on the role of the intellectual in society and is compared with other account of academic involvement in different countries during periods of acute political conflict.



By: Mark Tessler

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, Print ISBN: 978-3-030-19842-8, Online ISBN: 978-3-030-19843-5, 469 pages)

This book describes and compares the circumstances and lived experiences of religious minorities in Tunisia, Morocco, and Israel in the 1970s, countries where the identity and mission of the state are strongly and explicitly tied to the religion of the majority. The politics and identity of Jews in Tunisia and Morocco and Arabs in Israel are, therefore, shaped to a substantial degree by their status as religious minorities in non-secular states. This collection, based on in-depth fieldwork carried out during an important moment in the history of each community, and of the region, considers the nature and implications of each group’s response to its circumstances.  It focuses on both the community and individual levels of analysis and draws, in part, on original public opinion surveys. It also compares the three communities in order to offer generalizable insights about ways the identity, political culture, and institutional character of a minority group are shaped by the broader political environment in which it resides. The project will appeal to scholars and students in the fields of Middle Eastern and North African studies, Judaic studies, Islamic Studies, minority group politics, and international relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict.



By: Elad Ben-Dror

(Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2019, ISBN 978-965-217-433-8, 364 pages, in Hebrew)

This first-ever systematic study of UNSCOP, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, traces how a majority of the committee’s members came to adopt, almost in full, the demands of the Zionist movement. It thus played a decisive role in establishing the state of Israel and in the evolution of Israel-Arab conflict. UNSCOP, appointed in 1947 when the British asked the United Nations to help it formulate a policy on Palestine’s future, performed an intensive inquiry into the country that summer. In the end, its eleven members, from eleven different countries, recommended the end of the British Mandate and the partition of Palestine into two independent sovereign states, one Jewish, on a majority of the territory, and one Arab. These two states, along with Jerusalem, which was designated to come under UN rule, would be linked by mechanisms that would ensure their economic unity. These recommendations formed the basis for the debate at the second session of the UN General Assembly. After making minor changes, the General Assembly adopted the plan on November 29, 1947. In large measure, the decision set in motion the establishment of Israel.

The book offers a comprehensive account of UNSCOP and its work. It is based on extensive archival material, some newly declassified and explains how the members of the committee reached their conclusions. Most of the source material comes from the UN Archives in New York. But, as it also seeks to account for the personal viewpoint of each of the committee’s members, it also makes use of documents they produced and archives of their papers. This wide-ranging approach has produced some findings of great historical importance.



Edited by: Dina Roginsky, Henia Rottenberg

(Routledge, 2019, ISBN Hardback: 9780367406875, ISBN eBook: 9780367808518, 176 pages)

Moving through Conflict: Dance and Politics in Israel is a pioneering project in examining the Israeli–Palestinian conflict through dance. It proposes a research framework for study of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dynamics between Jews and Arabs as reflected in dance from late 19th-century Palestine to present-day Israel.

Drawing on multiple disciplines, this book examines a variety of social and theatrical venues (communities, dance groups, evening classes and staged performances), dance genres (folk dancing, social dancing and theatrical dancing) and different cultural identities (Israeli, Palestinian and American). Underlying this work is a fundamental question: can the body and dance operate as nonverbal autonomous agents to mediate change in conflicting settings, transforming the "foreign" into the "familiar"? Or are they bound to their culturally dependent significance – and thus nothing more than additional sites of an embodied politics?

This anthology expounds on various studies on dance, historical periods, points of view and points of contact that help promote thinking about this fundamental issue. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of dance studies, sociology, anthropology, art history, education and cultural studies, as well as conflict and resolution studies.


Two Volumes

Book One: The Conquest of Leadership; Book Two: The Leader - His Rise and Fall

By: Yossi Goldstein

(Bar-Ilan University Press, 2019, ISBN: 978-965-226-510-4, 1440 pages, in Hebrew)

The book covers the life of David Ben-Gurion from his early years in Plonsk, Poland, until his death in 1973. This picture of his life, presented in two volumes, differs from previous biographies and studies of Ben-Gurion with regard to the facts recounted, the insights drawn, the nature of the historical analyses, and its conclusions.

The biography is based on primary sources, some of which have never been drawn on previously—Ben-Gurion’s diary, an irreplaceable historical source for his life, actions, and thought (even though it is tendentious and of limited reliability); his letters; the minutes of meetings he attended; selections from the press—as well as secondary sources. Its composition required me to grapple with many questions associated with the historical importance of its subject—the greatest Jewish statesman of all time—and his complex personality. Who was he? The wisest of men? Gifted with superb intuition? A fierce and cantankerous fighter? A master propagandist? A political manipulator? Stubborn as a mule? An odd sort of fellow?

I found links between historical developments and his personality traits. Ben-Gurion was not afraid to make difficult decisions, even when he knew that their outcome could be disastrous, even when he recognized that his political, military, economic, and diplomatic analyses might be mistaken. He knew how to decide and impose his authority. After he did so he insisted on his way, even if the opposition to him was dramatic. There is no doubt that sometimes his analyses of the situation were erroneous, and one could see those mistakes as the essence. Nevertheless, there has been no leader of his stature who exerted such a strong influence on Jewish society in the modern age and whose dramatic decisions determined the long-term character and development of Israel.

Volume 1 of the biography begins in his birthplace, Plonsk, and continues with his immigration to Palestine and integration into the Second Aliya. It continues with his period in the United States, return to Palestine, and emergence as the leader of the Histadrut. The book describes, explains, and analyzes his success in turning the Histadrut into the most important political, economic, and social player in the Yishuv during the Mandate and the first years of statehood. It also traces how Ben-Gurion, after his elevation to the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency in 1935, became the man who led the Yishuv to political independence. Volume 2 begins with the proclamation of the state and the War of Independence, continues with a description and analysis of his years as prime minister, and concludes with his death.



By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah

(Oxford University Press, 2020; ISBN: 9780190072582; 168 Pages)

The book focuses on the study of Israeli women combat soldiers and veterans. It addresses this issue by bringing the soldiers' voices and silences to the forefront of research and by presenting the women soldiers as narrators. Our book introduces a theoretical framework in Critical Security Studies for understanding – by binary deconstructions of the terms used in these fields – the integration of women soldiers into combat and combat-support roles and the challenges they face. The book explores the voices and silences of women who served in combat roles in the Israeli Defense Forces. The analysis, however, extends beyond the Israeli case insofar as the book offers important general insights into the larger issues of the links between war and gender, trauma and gender, and politics and gender. The book draws on Feminist theories in International Relations and security studies and introduces an interdisciplinary theoretical perspective that aims to lead scholars to consider why and how women’s experiences should be incorporated into the analysis of violence, state violence, combat trauma, security and in-security. If further sheds light on under-studied aspects of the Israeli society.



Issue 32 has just been published!!!

Editor: Avi Bareli/Assistant Editor:Orna Miller/Editorial Board:Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Kimmy Caplan, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ilana Rosen, Ofer Shiff

Iyunim is a semi-annual journal, published by the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sede-Boker.

The journal holds two series:

I) The semi-annual series: Each volume contains research articles in various fields that specializes in modern Jewish society and Israeli society and state.

The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines, such as history, sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, culture, geography, art, gender.

II) The thematic series: Each of its issues is dedicated to a significant current topic within the journal's fields of interest. This two-series format – the semi-annul and the thematic one – provides an invigorating and on-going platform for discussing the most prominent questions of state, society and culture in Israel.

Contents of 32

Ronen Traube, Moshe Dayan and the Palestinian Issue:The Local Elections in the West Bank, 1972 / Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman, The Religious Women Party in the First Knesset Election: Failure or Achievement? / Meir Chazan, Ben-Gurion and Britain, 1930-1939 / Yair Berlin, ‘Talmud Industry’: Daf Yomi and Modern Consumer Culture / Adia Mendelson Maoz, Palestine, My Love: Place and Home in the Literary Works of Sayed Kashua / Elazar Ben Lulu, Ethnography of Ethiopian Sigd in an Israeli Reform Congregation / Udi Carmi, The Americanization of Muscular Judaism / Itamar Radai, Jews from Islamic Countries – Images and Perceptions in the Yishuv Society: The Case of Hannah Helena Thon / Orly C. Meron, Haifa and Beirut in a Comparative Perspective:Jewish Entrepreneurship between the British and the French Mandates/

Kobi Cohen-Hattab, Establishing the Israel State Archives 1948-1950

The issue is available in the academic libraries, the bookstores, and at the distributor "Sifrut Ahshav", 972-3-9229175

Office: 08-6596940 ; ;



"Israel at 70: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Society, Culture and Politics" in Contemporary Review of the Middle East volume 6, issue 3-4The guest editors are Csaba Nikolenyi, Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Paula Kabalo, Director of The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.

Table of contents:

Csaba Nikolenyi and Paula Kabalo
Introduction: Israel Studies “Here” and “There”

Judith Weisz Woodsworth
A Language for Israel: The Role of Translation in Building the Resources of Hebrew

Sigal Barkai
Neurotic Fantasy: The Third Temple as Metaphor in the Contemporary Israeli Art of Nira Pereg and Yael Bartana

Tal-Or Ben-Choreen
The Emergence of Fine Art Photography in Israel in the 1970s to the 1990s through Pedagogical and Social Links with the United States 

Ofer Shiff and David Barak-Gorodetsky
Pan-Jewish Solidarity and the Jewish Significance of Modern Israel: The 1958 ‘Who is a Jew?’ Affair Revisited

Ira Robinson
A Life to Remember: Yehuda Even Shmuel’s Memorialization of His Son, Shmuel Asher Kaufman and the Crisis of his Zionist Vision

Andrea Gondos
Isaiah Tishby, Új Kelet (New East), and the Cultural Mediation of Zionism in Transylvania (1920-1930)

Adi Sherzer-Druckman
Mamlakhtiyut from Across the Ocean: Ben-Gurion and the American-Jewish Community

Paula Kabalo
Israeli Jews from Muslim Countries: Immigrant Associations and Civic Leverage

Yolande Cohen
Zionism, Colonialism and Post-colonial migrations: Moroccan Jews’ Memories of Displacement

Havatzelet Yahel
The Conflict over Land Ownership and Unauthorized Construction in the Negev 

Emir Galilee
A Nomadic State of Mind: Mental Maps of Bedouins in the Negev and Sinai During the Time of the Ottomans, the British Mandate and the State of Israel

Ben Herzog
Presenting Ethnicity: Israeli Citizenship Discourse

Natan Aridan
Setting up Shop for Israel Advocacy – Diaspora ‘Retailers’ and the Israeli ‘Wholesalers’ in the Early Years of Israeli Diplomacy

Csaba Nikolenyi
Party Switching in Israel: Understanding the Split of the Labor Party in 2011



By: Avi Shilon

(I.B.Tauris, 2019, ISBN-9781838601126, 352 pages)

Yossi Beilin was a seminal figure during the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As deputy foreign minister in the second Rabin government, he was responsible for leading the Oslo process, which was the most important attempt to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. This book is the first to tell the story of the left wing and the peace process based on the private archive of Beilin himself. The thousands of documents – shared exclusively with the author - reveal a far more complete picture of Israel's political-diplomatic history in the late 20th century, and provide new information on key events. Avi Shilon offers a critiques of the 'liberal peace-building' project and analyses the connections between the Labour party's economic policy and foreign policy since the 1970s. This book is both a political biography of Beilin and a new history which recounts the diplomatic processes and social-political changes that occurred in Israel in the past four decades.


Contributing Editor: Robert O. Freedman

(London and New York: Routledge 2020, Paperback ISBN 978-0-367-35876-1, 310 pages)

The scholars participating in this book are leading experts from both the United States and Israel and represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints  on Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy. The case studies in the book cover  Israel’s main political parties;  highlight the special position in Israel of Israel’s  Arab, Russian and religious communities,  evaluate  Netanyahu’s stewardship of the Israeli economy and analyze his response to terrorism.. The foreign policy   case studies cover Israel’s relations with the United States, the American Jewish Community, Russia, the Palestinians, the Arab World, China, India, Europe , Iran and Turkey.   Another  highlight of the book is an assessment of Netanyahu’s leadership of the Likud Party, which answers the question as to whether Netanyahu is a pragmatist interested in a peace deal with the Palestinians or an ideologue  who wants to hold on to the West Bank as well as all of Jerusalem.



By: Menachem Klein

(Oxford University Press, 2019, ISBN-10, 0190087587, ISBN-13: 978-0190087586; 256 pages)

This landmark volume presents vivid and intimate portraits of Palestinian Presidents Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, revealing the impact these different personalities have had on the struggle for national self-determination. Arafat and Abbas lived in Palestine as young children. Uprooted by the 1948 war, they returned in 1994 to serve as the first and second presidents of the Palestinian Authority, the establishment of which has been the Palestine Liberation Organization's greatest step towards self-determination for the Palestinian nation. Both Arafat and Abbas were shaped by earlier careers in the PLO, and each adopted their own controversial leadership methods and decision-making styles.

Drawing on primary sources in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Klein gives special attention to the lesser known Abbas: his beliefs and his disagreements with Israeli and American counterparts. The book uncovers new details about Abbas' peace talks and US foreign policy towards Palestine, and analyses the political evolution of Hamas and Abbas' succession struggle. Klein also highlights the tension between the ageing leader and his society.

Arafat and Abbas offers a comprehensive and balanced account of the Palestinian Authority's achievements and failures over its twenty- five years of existence. What emerges is a Palestinian nationalism that refuses to disappear.



Two volumes

Volume I:  Rebellion Launched

Volume II: Into the International Arena 

By: Monty Noam Penkower

(Touro University Press, 2019; Vol 1. IBSN: 9781618118745, Vol. 2 ISBN: 9781618118776, Vol. 1 357 pages, Vol. 2 469 pages)

Seventy years after the creation of the State of Israel, Palestine to Israel: Mandate to State, 1945-1948 offers the definitive narrative of the achievement of Jewish sovereignty in the beleaguered Promised Land. Professor Monty Noam Penkower explores developments in Palestine and in the Arab states, including how the Palestine quagmire became a pawn in inter-Arab feuds; British and American responses both official and public; the role of Holocaust survivors; the context of the Cold War; and the saga as it unfolded in the corridors of the United Nations. Joining extensive archival research to a lucid prose, the two volumes offer a riveting conclusion to his Palestine in Turmoil and Decision on Palestine Deferred.



By: Rachel Rojanski

(Indiana University Press, 2020, Hardback ISBN: 978-0-253-04514-0, Paperback ISBN: 978-0-253-04515-7, eBook ISBN: 978-0-253-04518-8, 338 pages)

Yiddish in Israel: A History challenges the commonly held view that Yiddish was suppressed or even banned by Israeli authorities for ideological reasons, offering instead a radical new interpretation of the interaction between Yiddish and Israeli Hebrew cultures. Author Rachel Rojanski tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew.

Following Yiddish in Israel from the proclamation of the State until today, Rojanski reveals that although Israeli leadership made promoting Hebrew a high priority, it did not have a definite policy on Yiddish. The language's varying fortune through the years was shaped by social and political developments, and the cultural atmosphere in Israel. Public perception of the language and its culture, the rise of identity politics, and political and financial interests all played a part. Using a wide range of archival sources, newspapers, and Yiddish literature, Rojanski follows the Israeli Yiddish scene through the history of the Yiddish press, Yiddish theater, early Israeli Yiddish literature, and high Yiddish culture. With compassion, she explores the tensions during Israel's early years between Yiddish writers and activists and Israel's leaders, most of whom were themselves Eastern European Jews balancing their love of Yiddish with their desire to promote Hebrew. Finally Rojanski follows Yiddish into the 21st century, telling the story of the revived interest in Yiddish among Israeli-born children of Holocaust survivors as they return to the language of their parents.



By: Omri Asscher

(Stanford University Press, 2019, Cloth ISBN: 9781503610057, Paper ISBN: 9781503610934, Digital ISBN: 9781503610941, 256 pages)

American and Israeli Jews have historically clashed over the contours of Jewish identity, and their experience of modern Jewish life has been radically different. But what happens when the encounter between American and Israeli Jewishness takes place in literary form—when Jewish American novels make aliyah, or when Israeli novels are imported for consumption by the diaspora? Reading Israel, Reading America explores the politics of translation as it shapes the understandings and misunderstandings of Israeli literature in the United States and American Jewish literature in Israel. Engaging in close readings of translations of iconic novels by the likes of Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, and Yoram Kaniuk, Asscher decodes the ideological encounter between Israeli and American Jews.   



By: Alec Mishory

(Brill, 2019, E-Book ISBN: 978-90-04-40527-1, Hardback ISBN: 978-90-04-40526-4, 407 pages)

As historical analyses of Diaspora Jewish visual culture blossom in quantity and sophistication, this book analyzes 19th-20th-century developments in Jewish Palestine and later the State of Israel. In the course of these approximately one hundred years, Zionist Israelis developed a visual corpus and artistic lexicon of Jewish-Israeli icons as an anchor for the emerging “civil religion.” Bridging internal tensions and even paradoxes, artists dynamically adopted, responded to, and adapted significant Diaspora influences for Jewish-Israeli purposes, as well as Jewish religious themes for secular goals, all in the name of creating a new state with its own paradoxes, simultaneously styled on the Enlightenment nation-state and Jewish peoplehood.




Full and partial fellowships supporting doctoral students whose research focuses on Israel. Candidates must be accepted into Brandeis University graduate school programs of Anthropology, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Politics or Sociology. Competitive living stipend with generous health care benefits. Renewable for up to five years. Deadlines vary by department. Learn more at



The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together students, faculty and researchers who are dedicated to the study of Israel in all its facets.

In an effort to promote faculty-based projects, stimulate research and teaching, and contribute to the study of the state of Israel, locally, nationally and internationally, the Institute is offering financial support in the form of grants and scholarships in the following categories:

Visiting Researcher:

The Institute welcomes applications for short-term or sabbatical Visiting Researcher positions. Research stipends are available.

Post-doctoral fellowships:

Applicants with a completed PhD can apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.

The deadline to apply for these grants vary.  For details please visit:


Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew

Middlebury Language Schools, Middlebury College Campus, Middlebury, VT


MIDDLEBURY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS, MIDDLEBURY, VT 05753 seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor for a one-year renewable term position beginning September 2021.  The successful candidate will have administrative responsibilities in the Language Schools, Middlebury School of Hebrew and will teach courses in Modern Hebrew language and culture in Middlebury College during the academic year. Courses beyond the language will focus on Israel Studies, broadly defined (Hebrew literature and culture, Israeli society and politics, etc.).


Native or near-native fluency in Hebrew is required. 

Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and of scholarly potential.

PhD required (candidates at the ABD level will be considered)

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin May 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Apply through this link to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three academic references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body.



U.S. Academic Placements/Exchange for Israeli Scholars

The Israel Institute offers two exchange programs that support Israeli scholars who want to come to the United States to conduct research, build academic networks, and teach.

The Teaching Fellow Program funds multi-year teaching placements at colleges and universities in the United States for academics with doctoral degrees and expertise in modern Israel.

Application Deadline AY22-23 Placements: September 24, 2021.

Find Out More.

The Visiting Faculty Program enables scholars with full time teaching positions at Israeli colleges and universities to come to the United States to teach about modern Israel for a year.

Application Deadline for AY22-23 Placements: September 14, 2021.

Find Out More.


Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, 2021-2022  

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University seeks qualified applicants for a one-year Senior Fellow teaching and research position. The successful candidate will teach the Crown Center’s flagship course Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East in Fall 2021 and pursue their own research during the year. The primary textbook for the course is Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East, by Abdel Monem Said Aly, Shai Feldman, and Khalil Shikaki, which is written from a Palestinian, Israeli, and broader Arab perspective to provide students with a multiplicity of narratives on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peacemaking efforts. In addition to teaching, the Senior Fellow will conduct their own research and participate in all activities of the Crown Center. The successful applicant will be a Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Politics in which the course is taught. This position is renewable for a second year upon evaluation.

This position is open rank and open discipline. The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or the equivalent in experience) and show a track record of scholarship on and/or teaching of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Candidates should be willing to adopt the course textbook and examine the conflict from multiple perspectives, in accordance with the Crown Center’s founding principle of balanced and dispassionate analysis.

The position is a one-year appointment beginning August 1, 2021 and ending May 31, 2022. The position is renewable for a second year upon evaluation. The Senior Fellow is required to teach Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East in Fall 2021 and is expected to conduct their own research and participate in the activities of the Crown Center throughout the year.

Salary ranges from $65,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits, including health insurance, can be provided if needed. The successful candidate will also be provided with a research budget of $3,000 to be used for their own scholarship and a separate budget to invite guest speakers for their Fall 2021 course.

This is a residential fellowship requiring the Senior Fellow to be in residence at the Crown Center during their appointment. They are also required to write a Middle East Brief and participate in all Crown Center events, including talks, workshops, staff meetings, and retreats.

Application Materials
1. Cover Letter, which includes a statement on their research and teaching philosophy
2. Current CV
3 . Teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching effectiveness
4. Names and contact information of three references

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021
Notification: May 15, 2021
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You may direct inquiries to Kristina Cherniahivsky at or call 781-736-5320

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’s history and mission, the Crown Center values and is seeking candidates with a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, unified, and just campus community.

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Job description

Lafayette College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to fill the newly endowed Robert Weiner and Ilan Peleg Chair in Jewish Studies, starting July 1, 2021. This is an open-rank position, with a strong preference for candidates at the rank of associate professor or advanced assistant professor. The successful candidate will be jointly affiliated with the Jewish Studies program and a department/program appropriate to the candidate’s discipline and area of teaching and scholarship. We are interested in a candidate who will teach courses in Jewish Studies related to one or more of the subjects of Jewish history, religion, politics, philosophy, literatures, and the arts, communities, languages, and cultures from their ancient origins through present times in societies around the world, including the Holocaust and Arab-Israeli relations. The candidate will also provide undergraduates with research opportunities and mentor them in their independent scholarship. We welcome candidates with a doctorate from any of a range of departments and disciplines, including but not necessarily Jewish Studies. The candidate will play a leadership role in further strengthening the Jewish Studies program at Lafayette College, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine the many facets of Jewish civilization. 

We seek exceptional teacher-scholars with evidence of innovative and effective undergraduate teaching, a strong and productive research program, and widely recognized or potential leadership in the field. The teaching load is four courses in the first year of appointment and five courses each year after that. Applicants should upload the following items to Interfolio at by March 12, 2021: a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a recent writing sample in English (e.g., an article, chapter, etc., 25 pages maximum), up to two-course syllabi, and three letters of recommendation. The cover letter should discuss how the applicant’s teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and/or community service will support Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the College’s diversity statement (

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications completed by March 12, 2021 will receive full consideration. Further inquiries may be addressed to the search committee co-chairs, Eric Ziolkowski ( or Ethan Berkove (

Lafayette College is a highly selective private undergraduate college with academic programs and opportunities characteristic of larger institutions. The College is approximately 70 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia. More information about the Jewish Studies program is available at Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive and is supportive of each and all its students, staff, and faculty. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.   


Visiting Assistant Professorship of Israel Studies

The University of Virginia Jewish Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program drawing on more than thirty faculty from across the University, invites applications for a three-year visiting assistant professor (VAP) in Israel Studies, anticipated to begin August 25, 2021. We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach courses in the history and politics of modern Israel as well as courses in related topics that may include Israeli culture, literature, religion, and society.  

The core responsibilities of this position include teaching four courses per year, two each during the spring and fall terms. At least two of these courses will be focused specifically on modern Israel. In addition, the responsibilities include organizing a limited number of public-facing scholarly events in conjunction with the UVA Jewish Studies Program.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD at the time of the appointment in a relevant field of study such as history, political science, Middle Eastern Studies, or other related fields.

This position is co-sponsored by the Israel Institute Teaching Fellowship Program.

Review of applications begins on January 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor James Loeffler at

Please apply online at


Case Western Reserve University – Stephen H. Hoffman Professorship in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, invites applications and nominations for the Stephen H. Hoffman Professorship in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature. A Ph.D. in Hebrew literature, Hebrew language, or comparative literature or cultural studies with a focus on Hebrew is required. The department welcomes interdisciplinary approaches, such as film studies. The successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of professor or associate professor, commensurate with experience. Advanced assistant professors who would be eligible for tenure and promotion at the time of appointment are also welcome to apply. Successful candidates for appointment as associate professor should have a substantial publication record and a national reputation in the candidate’s area of scholarship. Successful candidates for appointment as professor should have demonstrated both an international reputation and continuing accomplishment in the profession, including a strong record of scholarly publications.

Expectations include the teaching of courses in Hebrew language, literature, and culture at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; departmental and university service; and contributions to the Program in Judaic Studies. Contributions to curricular development are encouraged and excellence in teaching is expected. The successful candidate should be capable of teaching in both English and Hebrew and should have near-native fluency in both languages.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a vibrant, research-oriented department with 13 full-time faculty members. It offers 8 language disciplines of study, with majors or minors in French, German, Japanese Studies, and Spanish. In addition, course work or a minor is available in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and Russian. The department offers language as well as advanced literature, cinema, culture, and study-abroad courses. It also houses the World Literature program. The successful candidate will also be a core member of the Program in Judaic Studies, which has existing strengths in the religion, history, and cultural anthropology of the Jews and offers a minor in Judaic Studies. More broadly, the candidate will be encouraged to participate in the many interdisciplinary opportunities within the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, which organizes interdepartmental colloquia, offers funding support for faculty research, hosts public lectures, and organizes the Cleveland Humanities Festival.

Case Western Reserve University is part of University Circle, which has one of the nation's largest concentrations of educational, cultural, medical, and performing arts organizations. The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematical sciences. The College comprises 21 academic departments, 35 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and 270 faculty members. Students are encouraged to conduct research in their chosen or related fields within the College as well as in collaboration with nearby cultural institutions.
To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 15, 2021, though applications will be accepted for the duration of the search until a final candidate is selected. Electronic applications are requested. Please email a single PDF document; containing a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; a statement on research; a statement on teaching; at least one sample syllabus; and a diversity statement, which explains either:

a) How their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future, Or

b) How they value diversity, equity, and inclusion within their research and discipline(s) and how their own scholarly work might contribute to structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also suggest how the candidate’s work, while as a member of Case Western Reserve University, will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how moving forward they intend to foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference.

Letters of recommendation will be requested from long-listed candidates.

Please send all application materials to Lauren Gallitto (, Program in Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7112.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request reasonable accommodations. Determination as to granting accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


CFA: Three-Year Israel Studies Postdoctoral Associate at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies

The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for a three-year Postdoctoral Associate Teaching Position in Israel Studies.

This position, which is partly funded by a grant from the Israel Institute, D.C., is open to scholars in all fields of Israel Studies; preference will be given to scholars who can teach courses in contemporary Israel and the environment. 

The postdoctoral associate is expected to teach at least four full (4-credit) courses per year, in person, during the fall and spring semesters, two of which must focus on Israel, as well as curate four academic and/or public-facing events related to Israel over the course of each year of residence.

We are particularly interested in courses that place Israel in a regional context, especially with a view to the management of natural resources (water and land management), sustainability, environmental justice, and regional conflict and cooperation. Courses should straddle scientific and social inquiry and contribute to the International Relations regional track in Africa and the Middle East, as well as to the functional track in Environment and Development. Courses offered in cooperation with the Department Earth and Environment may touch on the following, or other relevant issues:  

·      Carbon-based and alternative energy, society, and the environment

·      Regional climate change, conflict, and sustainability

·      Israel and Middle East regional eco-systems and responses to climate change

·      Hydrology, irrigation, and desert agriculture

·      Eastern Mediterranean coastal ecologies and economies

·      Land management, biodiversity, and environmental justice

The position provides a salary of USD 56,000 per year. We expect the postdoctoral associate to spend significant time on campus and make an effort to forge connections with faculty and students across schools and departments and help us build plausibility for Israel Studies at Boston University. The postdoctoral associate may not undertake any other sustained teaching or employment during his/her tenure at Boston University. 

Application deadline for employment starting September 1 is January 30, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should have earned the PhD within the past 5 years. Advanced doctoral students applying must include a statement from their dissertation supervisor indicating that they will have the Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2021. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, in form of a single pdf, by email to, with “Israel Studies Postdoctoral Teaching application” in the Subject line:

  • A letter of intent, with a list of potential courses;
  • A current CV;
  • Past course evaluations (if possible);
  • Three letters of recommendation, emailed directly to in .pdf form
  • An official transcript from the applicant's doctoral-granting institution.

All eligible applicants will be also vetted by the Israel Institute, D.C., and should submit a concurrent application online at

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.





Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies, 6/15/21 (online) - for students to showcase their research

Dear Colleagues,

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies will host its third annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies on June 15, 2021. We would very much appreciate your help in reaching out to undergraduate students who may be interested in presenting their work on any Israel-related topic at the conference.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Undergraduate Scholars’ Conference in Israel Studies will be held over Zoom. Students who are accepted to the conference will present their work alongside fellow undergraduate scholars and take part in a Q&A session moderated by scholars affiliated with the UCLA Nazarian Center.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain valuable experience, sharpen their research and presentation skills and add an impressive line on their CV (particularly in anticipation of applying for graduate school). The conference will also provide students with an opportunity to receive feedback and network with the Nazarian Center’s graduate students and faculty, as well as their fellow peers. Students may base their presentation on a research paper written for your class. Students at all levels of undergraduate study are encouraged to apply.           

Interested students should send a brief abstract outlining their paper by May 14. To be eligible for consideration, students must be currently-enrolled undergraduate students or have graduated no longer than six months before the conference date, and commit to participating in the conference. Final papers (written in English) must be submitted by June 4. For more detailed information, please visit the “Call for Papers” page posted on our website:

Monetary awards will be given to the student who submits the best paper, as well as to the runner-up. The winner of the best paper award will receive $350 USD, and the runner-up will receive $150 USD.

If you have questions, please contact the Nazarian Center’s Sigman Graduate Fellow, Avery Weinman. We sincerely appreciate your help in promoting the conference and look forward to seeing your students’ submissions.


Prof. Dov Waxman


The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert

Foundation Chair in Israel Studies


CSUS Annual Conference: "The Americanization of the Israeli Right"

The long-standing influence of the United States on Israeli society has manifested itself in multiple ways: politics and government, security and foreign relations, economics, law, culture, religion, and more. Accordingly, a significant body of research exists that examines the many different avenues through which the United States has influenced, and continues to influence, Israeli life.

However, one salient area of research that has not yet been thoroughly or sufficiently explored concerns the growing influence of American rightwing elements, especially those associated with American conservatism, on Israeli society. Although there has been widespread interest in recent years in the rise of anti-globalism, populism and nationalism within the framework of comparative and transnational studies (for example: about “fake news”, conspiracy theories, and ethnic and racial nationalism in response to immigration and free-trade), we are especially interested in research that links ideas, organizations and key figures within the American Right to similar developments in Israeli society in general – and in the Israeli Right in particular.

The conference, sponsored by the Center for the Study of the United States in Partnership with the Fulbright Program at Tel Aviv University, is scheduled to take place in June, 2021 online or in hybrid fashion (depending on local restrictions and Covid-related health guidelines).

We invite researchers to submit proposals that examine the impact of the American Right from a variety of disciplines and across different time periods on Israeli society and on the Israeli Right. Faculty, graduate students, as well as independent researchers are invited to submit proposals from the Social Sciences and Humanities, History, Law, Economics, Communications, as well as the study of culture and religion. Most of the proceedings will be held in Hebrew. However, we are accepting suggestions for some presentations in English. Among the topics to be explored:

- Law, legal norms, courts and constitutions

- Economic policy, neoliberalism, libertarianism, inequality and the welfare state

- Political behavior, movements, ideology, campaigns and political parties

- Civil society organizations, think tanks, philanthropic foundations and the media

- Prominent leaders and politicians, influential donors and intellectuals

- Religion and Judaism, traditionalism, social conservatism

- Nationalism (ethnic versus civic), Communitarianism, Identity Politics and Multiculturalism

- Gender, sexuality and "family values"

- Foreign policy, attitudes toward international institutions, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

- Neoconservatism and the neoconservatives

- Israeli influences on the American Right


For those interested, please send us a proposal of up to 300 words that summarizes:

1. The topic you would like to present

2. Methodology

3. Importance of the topic for the conference's broader themes

4. Please also submit a short academic biography (with organizational affiliation, if any) of up to 100 words.

Proposals and any additional questions can be sent to:

Deadline for submission:  March 28, 2021






Chapter proposals are invited for a collection of essays under contract with Wayne State University Press on Jewish women’s graphic novels.

The collection will include a variety of approaches and perspectives on Jewish women’s graphic novels and comics narratives. Broadly conceived, the essays will examine the various modes of graphic and literary representation—those structures, tropes, patterns, ironies, and overall tensions—that characterize the genre. The essays might consider the complex ways Jewish identity is complicated by gender, memory, generation, and place, that is, the spaces—emotional, geographical, psychological—that women inhabit. Some of the topics the essays might address include: individual, imagined, historical, and collective memory; the transmission of trauma; Jewish cultural identity; the psychological tensions of post-Holocaust Jewish identity; generational dislocation and anxiety; the ways in which place frames and informs identity; the gendered self; the imaginative recreation/reconstruction of the past; embodiment and bordered spaces; self-reinvention; and the future of Jewish self-expression.

Interested contributors should send a proposal/abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief 150-word bio to Victoria Aarons by May 1, 2021

Completed essays due: September 1, 2022

Fully revised manuscripts due: December 31, 2022

Essay length: approximately 6,000 words including notes and bibliography.

Only original essays will be considered.

Submissions should be sent electronically to as Word e-mail attachments, indicating “Drawing Memory” in the subject line. Manuscripts should be prepared using the current MLA Style Guide. Submissions must be in the English language. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for using any previously published material, including images.

Queries are welcome.




Jewish Film & New Media invites authors to submit reviews of multimedia outlets and content (such as films, video games, art, festivals, exhibitions, digital platforms, digital archives, etc.) related to Jewish themes in a broad sense.

Jewish Film & New Media is an international, peer-reviewed journal that engages in critical discussion of the representation of Jews, Jewishness, and Judaism in cinema, television, and new media, as well as the Jewish contribution to these media outlets, in a widely defined fashion. Bringing together scholars in a variety of disciplines, the journal provides a key resource for academic study and research, and aims to widen the parameters of Jewish film and new media studies. The journal encompasses historical and cultural dimensions of Jewish film and new media alongside its identities, languages, styles, forms, and audiences.

Jewish Film & New Media is unique in its interdisciplinary nature, exploring the rich and diverse cultural heritage across the globe. The journal is distinctive in bringing together a range of cinemas, televisions, films, programs, and other digital material in one volume and in its positioning of the discussions within a range of contexts—the cultural, historical, textual, and many others.

Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words in length following Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

For further submission and editorial information, please contact Dr. Aya Yadlin-Segal (multimedia reviews editor) at

For further information on the journal and back issues visit  



A virtual discussion of the 2021 Israeli elections results. 

Monday, April 12

10 – 11 a.m. CST | 18:00 – 19:00 Israel time


You are cordially invited to a webinar jointly organized by the Northwestern Israel Innovation Project and the Israel Democracy Institute.
The panel discussion titled “Divided We Stand” will delve into the results of the 2021 Knesset elections with guest speakers Prof. Tamar Hermann, Academic Director, Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, Israel Democracy Institute; The Open University of Israel and Prof. Gideon Rahat, Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The conversation will be moderated by Prof. Elie Rekhess, Crown Visiting Professor and Head of Israel Innovation Project (IIP), Northwestern University.

Northwestern Israel Innovation Project

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies presents

A State at Any Cost: The Life and Legacy of David Ben-Gurion

Harry C. Sigman Distinguished Lecture in Israel Studies


Credit: National Photo Collection of Israel.

Israeli historian and author Tom Segev will discuss his biography of David Ben-Gurion, the iconic Israeli statesman and Israel’s first prime minister.




Virtual lecture via Zoom

Thursday, April 15, 2021

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Pacific Time (UTC-8)


About the Event

On Israel's Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzma'ut), renowned Israeli historian and author Tom Segev will discuss his biography of David Ben-Gurion, and how Ben-Gurion's legacy continues to shape Israel's identity and policies even today. Segev has published nine books, which have appeared in 15 languages. In his latest, A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, he uses large amounts of previously unreleased archival material to give an original, nuanced account, transcending the myths and legends that have accreted around the man.


About the Speaker

Tom Segev is a leading historian and one of Israel’s most distinguished journalists. He was born in Jerusalem in 1945 to parents who fled Nazi Germany. Segev holds a BA in History and Political Science from the Hebrew University and a Ph.D. in History from Boston University. In 2000 and 2010, Segev’s books were included in The New York Times’ Best Books of the Year lists. In 2001, Segev’s One Palestine, Complete (2000) was the first title ever to win the National Jewish Book Award in two categories. Formerly a reporter and columnist for Haaretz, Segev has published nine works, which have appeared in 15 languages. Most recently published is A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019).

In this definitive biography of Ben-Gurion, Segev uses large amounts of previously unreleased archival material to give an original, nuanced account, transcending the myths and legends that have accreted around the man. Segev’s probing biography ranges from villages in Poland to Manhattan libraries, London hotels, and the hills of Palestine, and shows us Ben-Gurion’s relentless activity across six decades. Along the way, Segev reveals for the first time Ben-Gurion’s secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel’s independence and much more.

Organized by the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies


UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies

UCLA Department of History

The Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History at UCLA

Please register here the webinar. After you register, we will forward Zoom access instructions for the event. You may also view the webinar via YouTube live stream by returning to the Nazarian Center event page on the day of the event. For those who are unable to join the live event, a recording will be available on the Nazarian Center’s multimedia page afterward.

UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies  

DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions of our guest speakers and the content of their presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Hosting speakers does not constitute an endorsement of the speaker's views or opinions.

HOPE IN THE HOLY LAND available on Demand - May 14, 2021

HOPE IN THE HOLY LAND is an award-winning documentary that captures the story of Todd Morehead, an American Christian with a deep love for Israel who sets off on a journey across the Holy Land to confront his indifference toward the Palestinians and to search for the deeper truths behind one of the most perplexing and polarizing conflicts in the world. Along the way, he discovers the painful struggles of Jews, Muslims and Christians on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. The result is an enlightening journey that exposes viewers to perspectives rarely seen in the media, and a challenge to a man’s heart to love his enemy. 

Available on Demand - MAY 14, 2021


Middle East Study Group (MESG), University of Hull

Programme 2020-2021



21 April 2021, 18:00

Professor Noam Chomsky

The University of Arizona and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

A Moment of Peril and Challenge

Chair: Professor Glenn Burgess


19 May 2021, 18:00

Dr David Rutstein

Secretary-General, Bahá’í World Centre

From Displacement to Distinction: How the Bahá’í Faith came to have its world headquarters in Israel

Chair: Professor T. Stephen Hardy


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Annual Docu.Text Documentary Film Festival Going Online

The National Library of Israel's annual Docu.Text Documentary Film Festival is going online this year with award-winning films and a range of special events and exhibits.

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