ISRAEL'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: THE HISTORY AND POLITICAL THEORY OF THE NATION'S FOUNDING MOMENT
By: Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler
(Cambridge University Press, 2022, Online ISBN:9781009090841, 300 pages)
Israel's Declaration of Independence brings to life the debates and decisions at the founding of the state of Israel. Through a presentation of the drafts of Israel's Declaration of Independence in English for the first time, Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler shed new light on the dilemmas of politics, diplomacy, and values faced by Israel's leaders as they charted the path to independence and composed what became modern Israel's most important political text. The stakes began with war, state-building, strategy, and great power politics, and ascended to matters of high principle: freedom, liberty, sovereignty, rights, and religion. Using fast-paced narration of the meetings of Israel's leadership in April and May 1948, this volume tells the astonishing story of the drafting of Israel's Declaration of Independence, enriching and reframing the understanding of Israel's founding and its ideas - and tracing its legacy.
TEACHING ISRAEL STUDIES: GLOBAL, VIRTUAL, AND ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACHES TO ACTIVE LEARNING
By: Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-031-16914-4, ISBN: 978-3-031-16915-1 282 pages)
This book presents pedagogical strategies for today’s diverse Israel Studies classrooms. It offers Israel-specific innovations for online teaching, tested methods for organizing global virtual exchanges that uplift marginalized voices in Israel, including Palestinian voices, and an intellectual and political overview of the field. Informed by the author’s experiences in the classroom and principles shared with her by fellow instructors, the book provides a guide to developing an Israel Studies syllabus or integrating Israel Studies units into an existing curriculum.
Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel
Issue 6, Fall 2022
Populism in Power: Is the Leader Bound by the People? “Illegal Infiltrators” and Netanyahu's Rule
By: Gayil Talshir
Populist leaders emphasize the bond between the leader and his people: but is the leader bonded by the people? The paper deciphers the phenomenon of ‘populism in power’ through the case study of Netanyahu’s policy change regarding the illegal immigrants from Africa to Israel. ‘Populism in power’ pertains to leaders who took their once-upon-a-time moderate rightwing ruling parties to the nationalist-populist end: Trump, Netanyahu, Orbán and others. Netanyahu, often portrayed as ‘the magician,’ sought to maintain a distinction between virtual incitement against ‘others’ (Arabs, immigrants, and refugees as well as ‘the elites’) during election campaigns and a responsible leadership when in power. What brought him to abolish his own policy-outline devised with the UN to transfer half of the illegal immigrants to other democratic countries in return for provisional work permit for the other half, leading to all 100% remaining in Israel without a legal status? This case demonstrates that once a leader unleashes the populist genie, bottling it again is not an option: when in power, populism is not merely a rhetoric game, and the public would not let the leader back down from his populist policies. Who is the people, what is Netanyahu’s leadership style, and how does ‘direct representation’ work for populist leaders in power are critically examined.
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The McGill-Queens - Azrieli Institute Book Series in Israel Studies is pleased to announce our new publication!
Press Editor: Richard Ratzlaff, Editor, McGill-Queen’s University Press
Series Editor: Csaba Nikolenyi, Director, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies
ASAD'S AUTOCRATIC DYNASTY IN SYRIA: CIVIL WAR AND THE ROLE OF REGIONAL AND GLOBAL POWERS
By: Moshe Maoz
(Liverpool University Press, 2022, ISBN-10: 1789761999, ISBN-13: 978-1789761993 140 pages)
In 2011, the diplomatic and expert consensus was that Bashar al-Asad's regime would fail, causing Syria to disintegrate into several ethnic enclaves or mini-states. A decade later and Bashar is still in control, having defeated the rebels and gained the support of Russia. The years of internal warfare have brought about changes in the spectrum of parties involved in the Syrian state, and the final outcome is inevitably going to be shaped by geo-politics. The Alawi minority still in large measure controls the Sunni-Muslim (Arab) majority. The other players are a gallery of ever changing allegiances: ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and many other radical Islamic groups; the Muslim Kurdish and Christian Arab communities; as well as Shii Lebanese Hizballah. External horizon players are Iran; Sunni Turkey and Saudi Arabia; Jewish Israel; the United States and Russia. This study aims to analyze the agendas, actions, and interrelations of these various actors from 2011 until the present. It will discuss their ongoing politics and assess forthcoming developments. Both Iran and Russia continue to support Bashar, but compete for political, military, and economic influence. The US has greatly reduced involvement, keeping only 900 troops in northeastern Syria, to protect its Kurdish allies and fight against ISIS. Turkey still occupies parts of northern Syria, with the aim of eliminating the Kurdish forces. Syrian and Russian military attempts to conquer this area continue sporadically. The Israeli air force has attacked Iranian and Hizballah positions with the tacit approval of Russia. However, Russias war on Ukraine in February 2022 may result in restricting Israeli interdictions and instead enhance cooperation with Tehran in order to counter the US and NATO. Both Russia and Iran have been incapable of reconstructing the massively destroyed Syrian infrastructure; the US and Europe are reluctant to contribute due to Bashars continued Alawi minority-based autocratic and corrupt rule.
UNSCOP AND THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: THE ROAD TO PARTITION
By: Elad Ben-Dror
(Routledge, November 2022, ISBN 9781032059631, 284 Pages)
This book provides the first comprehensive account of the work of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), constituted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1947 to study the situation in Palestine at the end of the British Mandate and make recommendations about its political future.
Utilizing a wealth of archival documentation, some of it never before studied, Elad Ben-Dror explores the various aspects of UNSCOP’s activity to understand how it came to determine the fate of the country’s inhabitants. The book analyzes the methods and motivations of the various members, with special attention given to the personal viewpoint of each member of the committee. Through this Ben-Dror shows that the partition recommendation emerged after a long process of study, debate, and compromise that was very much dependent on the characters and circumstances of the individual members of the committee.
UNSCOP and the Arab-Israeli Conflict will be a key text in understanding the role of UNSCOP in shaping the modern Middle East. It will be appropriate for scholars and students of political science, Palestine and Israeli history, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the UN and diplomacy, and conflict resolution.
NOT ALONE: ISRAELI FOREIGN POLICY
By: Uri Bialer
(Ben Gurion Research Institute 2022)
Available in Hebrew - click here for more
Uri Bialer lays a foundation for understanding the principal aspects of Israeli foreign policy from the early days of the state's existence to the Oslo Accords. He presents a synthetic reading of sources, many of which are recently declassified official documents, to cover Israeli foreign policy over a broad chronological expanse. Bialer focuses on the objectives of Israel's foreign policy and its actualization, especially as it concerned immigration policy, oil resources, and the procurement of armaments. In addition to identifying important state actors, Bialer highlights the many figures who had no defined diplomatic roles but were influential in establishing foreign policy goals. He shows how foreign policy was essential to the political, economic, and social well-being of the state and how it helped to deal with Israel's most intractable problem, the resolution of the conflict with Arab states and the Palestinians.
PROFILES IN PEACE: VOICES OF PEACEBUILDERS IN THE MIDST OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
By: Ron Kronish
(L.E.A.R.H.N. Peacebuilding Publications, 2022; ISBN: 978-1-7344700-7-9, ISBN-13 : 978-1734470093 318 pages)
This new book traces the lives of Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs in Israel and Palestine who have dedicated their lives to building peaceful relations among the two peoples as well as between individual people who seek to live in peace and harmony with one another. These people have acted courageously and consistently in their work for peace. In this book, the author profiles the lives, thoughts, feelings and actions of six important peacebuilders -- men and women, secular and religious, 3 Jewish Israelis: Rabbi Michael Melchior, Professor Galia Golan and Mrs. Hadassah Froman; and 3 Palestinian Arabs: Professor Mohammed Dajani, Ms. Huda Abuarquob, and Bishop Munib Younan. The reader learns about their visions for peace and their activities to bring their ideals to fruition in the real world of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Too many people have given up on peace. In contrast, the people in this book persevere for peace, thus keeping a flicker of hope alive, not only for Israelis and Palestinians who live in the same land, but also for people everywhere who continue to yearn for a peace agreement to be reached in the region.
HOLLYWOOD AND ISRAEL: A HISTORY
By: Tony Shaw and Giora Goodman
(Columbia University Press, 2022, ISBN Paperback: 9780231183413; ISBN Hardcover: 9780231183406, ISBN e-book: 9780231544924, 368 pages)
From Frank Sinatra’s early pro-Zionist rallying to Steven Spielberg’s present-day peacemaking, Hollywood has long enjoyed a “special relationship” with Israel. This book offers a groundbreaking account of this relationship, both on and off the screen. Tony Shaw and Giora Goodman investigate the many ways in which Hollywood’s moguls, directors, and actors have supported or challenged Israel for more than seven decades. They explore the complex story of Israel’s relationship with American Jewry and illuminate how media and soft power have shaped the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Shaw and Goodman draw on a vast range of archival sources to demonstrate how show business has played a pivotal role in crafting the U.S.-Israel alliance. They probe the influence of Israeli diplomacy on Hollywood’s output and lobbying activities, but also highlight the limits of ideological devotion in high-risk entertainment industries. The book details the political involvement with Israel—and Palestine—of household names such as Eddie Cantor, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Redgrave, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, and Natalie Portman. It also spotlights the role of key behind-the-scenes players like Dore Schary, Arthur Krim, Arnon Milchan, and Haim Saban.
Bringing the story up to the moment, Shaw and Goodman contend that the Hollywood-Israel relationship might now be at a turning point. Shedding new light on the political power that images and celebrity can wield, Hollywood and Israel shows the world’s entertainment capital to be an important player in international affairs.
Tony Shaw is professor of contemporary history at the University of Hertfordshire.
Giora Goodman, a historian, chairs the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
DWELLING ON THE GREEN LINE: PRIVATIZE AND RULE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE
By: Gabriel Schwake
(Cambridge University Press, 2022, ISBN online: 9781009071246, 278 pages)
Concealed within the walls of settlements along the Green-Line, the border between Israel and the occupied West-Bank, is a complex history of territoriality, privatisation and multifaceted class dynamics. Since the late 1970s, the state aimed to expand the heavily populated coastal area eastwards into the occupied Palestinian territories, granting favoured groups of individuals, developers and entrepreneurs the ability to influence the formation of built space as a means to continuously develop and settle national frontiers. As these settlements developed, they became a physical manifestation of the relationship between the political interest to control space and the ability to form it. Telling a socio-political and economic story from an architectural and urban history perspective, Gabriel Schwake demonstrates how this production of space can be seen not only as a cultural phenomenon, but also as one that is deeply entangled with geopolitical agendas.
University of Kansas Search: 2 Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies
The University of Kansas seeks a Teaching Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies in the Jewish Studies Program to begin on 8/18/2023. This position is a full-time, academic-year appointment for two years.
1) Ph.D. in a field related to Modern Israel Studies;
2) Expertise in Israeli politics, history, culture, and/or society; and
3) Teaching experience.
The position is supported by a grant from the Israel Institute.
Application review begins 17-Feb-2023. For more information and to apply, follow this link: https://employment.ku.edu/visiting-assistant-professor-israel-studies/24201br
Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)
At the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) of Heidelberg University, the following position (100%) is to be filled by 1 April 2023:
The position is limited in time until 31.03.2026. The place of employment is Heidelberg.
The successful applicant will become part of the joint research project "Beyond Conflict and Coexistence: Towards an Entangled History of Jewish-Arab Relations" that links the universities of Heidelberg, Munich, and Halle (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF). The research project brings together a variety of postdoctoral fellows who explore Jewish-Arab transculturation from the Middle Ages until today, with a focus on cultural, intellectual and political entanglements.
Depending on personal qualification, salary based on TV-L scale (E13). The position is full-time (39,5 hours/week), but can in principle be part-time.
We look forward to your application! Please send your documents (cover letter, CV, certificates, etc.) in a single PDF file per email to email@example.com. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2022.
In case of questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Johannes Becke, the host of the research project, by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities at Top American Universities for Israeli Scholars
"These programs allow you to meet other influential scholars that you won't necessarily have a chance to meet in Israel or at international conferences."
Dr. Meital Pinto
Visiting Faculty, University of Chicago
Zefat Academic College/Ono Academic College
The Visiting Faculty Program provides financial support to academics with full-time positions at Israeli colleges and universities who want to spend a year teaching about Israel at top universities in the United States.
The Israeli Teaching Exchange Fellowship supports multi-year placements of Israeli scholars at American colleges and universities. It offers greater opportunities to teach, conduct research and build academic networks.
We are currently recruiting faculty for AY 2023-2024
Women and minorities encouraged to apply
Questions - Dr. Erika Falk, Program Director email@example.com
Please visit our website.
The Israel Institute is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that advances the rigorous study of modern Israel in partnership with leading universities in the United States and around the world.
2023 JDC Archives Fellowships
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2023 fellowship program. In 2023, three to six fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Our finding aids can be consulted to identify relevant areas. The fellowship awards are $2,500 and the deadline for submission is January 23, 2023.
Fellows are expected to make a remote public presentation on their research upon conclusion of their fellowships.
The areas of research and lectures of previously awarded recipients can be viewed here.
The Dvora and Michael Goldhirsh Foundation at the Ben-Gurion
Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism
DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN ISRAEL STUDIES AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
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 www.brandeis.edu/israel-center/resources/grants-fellowships/graduate-students.html.
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:
The Institute welcomes applications for short-term or sabbatical Visiting Researcher positions. Research stipends are available.
Applicants with a completed PhD can apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.
The deadline to apply for these grants vary. For details please visit: http://www.concordia.ca/azrieli
Call for Papers
THE PERILS OF REGIME CHANGE IN ISRAEL
Special Issue, Israel Studies Review
Grave concerns about the perils of regime change in Israel demand serious scholarly attention. As Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt wrote in their acclaimed How Democracies Die (2018), and others have corroborated (e.g. Nancy Bermeo, 2016), the breakdown of democratic regimes in the twenty-first century is no longer carried out primarily with guns and tanks. Rather, contemporary democracies are in danger when politicians “try to weaken the institutional buffers of our democracy, including the courts,” “intimidate the free press,” “treat political rivals as enemies,” and more broadly “subvert the very process that brought them to power” (Levitsky and Ziblatt, 2018: 2-3). Systems of checks and balances are the cornerstone of liberal democracies. In their absence, civil liberties, including the right to pursue and disseminate knowledge, are at risk.
The editors of the journal Israel Studies Review are inviting paper proposals for a special issue on the perils of regime change in Israel. We are interested in papers focusing on diverse aspects of the topic from a variety of disciplines. Areas of interest include but are not limited to law and the judiciary, media, education, the place of religion in public life, gender equality, minority rights, and cultural expressions and censorship. Scholars are welcome to propose additional related areas as long as they fit within the broader theme of the special issue.
Given the need to discuss these real-life developments in real time, the editors are planning to expedite the production of this issue. As such, the timeline for submission of proposals and papers is tighter than usual.
Scholars wishing to contribute should submit a paper proposal abstract of about 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that due to journal space limitations, it is possible that not all strong proposals will be accepted.
Accepted papers will be 6,000-7,000 words (including references). Authors are responsible for following ISR guidelines and submitting a complete and original manuscript.
Proposal abstracts: February 8, 2023
Acceptance/Rejection decisions: February 20, 2023
Drafts of full papers: July 15, 2023
Please note that we are looking for academic research articles. The Israel Studies Review does not publish opinion pieces or articles of journalistic nature. All submissions will undergo peer-review as per the norm in the Israel Studies Review.
Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee Presents:
Software for the Past (SfP): 3rd Workshop on Digital Technologies to Study the Past and Present
International Conference on the Study of Jerusalem
The Elections in Israel - 2022
Dear Colleague, Following another election within less than four years, we have begun preparations for the publication of The Elections in Israel – 2022, the 17th volume in the series. We hope to publish again simultaneously volumes in English and in Hebrew as soon as is feasible after the elections. We invite scholars who study Israeli politics and society to submit articles. These may be written in either English or Hebrew, and the author will be responsible for the translation.
Articles will be reviewed in the usual manner of refereed journals in order to maintain the highest academic standards. If you wish to discuss your proposal before you submit the article, feel free to contact us. The planned books will be similar to previous ones in The Elections in Israel series. Use the conventions that appear in the 2015 and 2019-2021 volumes regarding style, footnoting, references, spelling, tables, and figures.
The deadline for submission of articles is July 30, 2023.
Gideon Rahat Israel Democracy Institute Jerusalem 9104602
Or: Department of Political Science The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem 9190501 email@example.com
Noam Gidron Department of Political Science The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem 9190501 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michal Shamir The School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6139001 email@example.com
Israel Studies Review
CALL FOR PAPERS: ISRAELI PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
The journal Israel Studies Review is planning a special issue to be published in 2025 to mark the 30th anniversary of the declaration that gender-based violence constitutes a violation of human rights in the Beijing Platform for Action at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. The special issue will center Israeli perspectives on gender-based violence and will be guest-edited by Prof. Madelaine Adelman (Arizona State University) and Prof. Dalit Yassour-Borochowitz (Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel).
Gender-based violence, broadly defined, is not a new social problem. It takes place in virtually all societies around the world, but only in the last several decades has it become recognized across sectors as a major issue to be addressed. Despite its ubiquity, local definitions and manifestations of, mechanisms developed to disrupt, and movements against gender-based violence vary by locale, context, and time period.
Researchers and front-line workers alike have demonstrated not only that gender-based violence is embedded in varying patterns of kinship, marriage, and family structures, but also that it is shaped by contemporary political and economic arrangements. Violence in intimate relationships and other forms of gender-based violence are inseparable from social conflicts, violence, and injustice. Gender-based violence and structural violence – poverty, hunger, scapegoating, social exclusion and humiliation – are deeply connected.
The special issue editors invite scholars conducting research on various aspects of gender-based violence in the Israeli context to submit paper proposals. We seek papers from across the social sciences and humanities, including law, public health, and social work. The editors acknowledge that many studies have been published on the subject. Our aim is neither to sum-up nor repeat what has already been published. Rather, we seek new and nuanced perspectives that may originate from disciplines lacking much engagement in the topic, cross-disciplinary analyses that generate new inquiries or insights, re-examinations of long-held scholarly knowledge, or community (or advocacy) based insights that reveal how the Israeli case converges, complicates, or confirms contemporary assumptions about or understandings of gender-based violence. Proposed papers may be empirically based case studies, comparative analyses, and/or theoretical or conceptual investigations.
The special issue editors will also consider proposals for non-peer reviewed content such as creative works, roundtable-type conversations or individual essays, narrated photos, “from the field” reflections, and books reviews. When submitting a proposal for such content, please provide relevant details so as to ensure full consideration.
Possible themes to be considered include, but are not limited to:
Scholars wishing to contribute should submit a paper proposal abstract of 300 words (plus references) to ISR.GenderBasedViolence@gmail.com.
Drafts of Full Papers must include:
125 - word abstract and 6-8 key terms
Paper length: 6,000-7,000 words (including references) written according to The Chicago Manual of Style format.
Authors are responsible for following ISR guidelines and submitting a complete and original manuscript.
Please contact the special issue co-editors with any questions and/or send paper proposal abstracts to ISR.GenderBasedViolence@gmail.com.
ISRAEL – Special issue, The Right-Wing
The rise of authoritarian leaders and right-wing regimes in various parts of the world in the present era has led the research literature to focus its attention on the "new right" phenomenon, which emphasizes the decline of liberal democracy (Crouch 2004) and the rise of populist and nationalist politics (Enzo, 2019).
Right-wing Zionism, which has ruled Israel almost continuously for the last five decades, has gained interest in the research as well, but its researchers seem to disagree, and it is difficult to point to a uniform trend in its examination.
Shumsky returns to the roots of the revisionist ideology to point out the changes that have taken place over the years. Thus, for example, his emphasis on the preference of the autonomous model for resolving the plight of the Jews in the “early” writings of Jabotinsky's undermines the “well known” linkage between the right and the claim to a Jewish state over the Greater Israel (Shumsky, 2019). On the other hand, Tamir (2018) emphasizes the formation of a Hebrew fascism, already in the days of the Yishuv, which was partially influenced by what was happening in Europe at the same time, but had developed its own unique characteristics. Others predate the linkage between the right and Jewish religion to the days of Jabotinsky in the 1930s, contrary to the common knowledge that it was Menachem Begin who led his movement to the alliance with the religious-traditional camp (Shilon, 2020).
Even with regard to the current right-wing developments, opinions are divided: some seek to understand it in relation to the conservative worldview since the days of Abba Ahimeir and the “Brit Ha’biryunim underground (Bergamin, 2021); Some emphasize the major difference between the American-conservative view and right-wing thought of today (Sagiv, 2021), and some see the current right as a new phenomenon, "neo-Zionist", resulting from the internalization of neo-liberal logic into Israeli society (Dayan, 2022). On the other hand, it can be argued that the Zionist racist right arose in response to the radicalism that has developed within the progressive left in the United States since the 1960s (Magid, 2022). Others seek to discuss the politics of identity in order to refute the familiar identification between the Mizrahim and the Likud (Levy, Sporta and Rosenthal, 2022).
These are different schools of thoughts, some of which conflicted with the others, which also raise a methodological question: should we expand the discussion on the current Zionist right to a global theoretical context, or should we return to the Zionist archives to look for its sources?
Is there a continuum from Jabotinsky up to the days of Netanyahu, or are changes that have taken place in the history of the right should be at the center of the research?
A special issue of "Israel" - multidisciplinary journal, published by the Chaim Weizmann Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel at Tel Aviv University - seeks to broader the discussion about these options, and more.
We invite studies regarding the origins of the right (Messianic? Nationalist? Religious? Secular?); its current patterns of politics and ideology (Neo-liberal? Anti-establishment?); and its relations to external influences and ideologies (Conservatism? Populism? Middle Eastern?). In doing so, we also encourage social/cultural examination of it, including its relationship with the “non-ideological” center parties and perceptions. We also seek to understand its sociological composition, as it has shaped and changed over the years, and the impact of it on current right-wing politics.
Out of a preference for comparative research, we encourage scholars to dive into other angles derived from the issue of right-wing Zionism: The relationship between the original right and the Canaanite movement; The attitude of the right to the Islamic world and to the Palestinians; Right-wing leadership; Right-wing opposition to the right (Israel Eldad and Hillel Kook, for example); The right and the media; The settlers; The geography of the right; Right-wing literature and more.
The articles will be published in Hebrew, and should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length. Relevant essays of about 2000 -3000 words can also be offered. The articles will be peer-reviewed.
Crouch, Colin, 2004. Post-Democracy, Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity.
Traverso, Enzo, 2019. The New Faces of Fascism: Populism and the Far Right, London: Verso.
Dmitry, Shumsky, 2018. Beyond the Nation-State: The Zionist Political Imagination from Pinsker to Ben-Gurion, New Haven: Yale University Press.
Tamir, Dan, 2018. Hebrew Fascism in Palestine, 1922-1942, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.
Shilon, Avi, 2020. “More than Poetry and Music: How and why the secular Jabotinsky adopted religiosity as a solution to the crisis of the liberal”, Jewish Studies Quarterly, Vol. 27, No.3, pp 288-297
Bergamin, Peter, 2021. The Making of the Israeli Far-Right, London: Bloomsbury Publishing
Sagiv, Asaf. “The weird case of radicle conservatism”, Hazman Hazeh, Van-Leer Institute, on-line, May 2020.
Dayan, Hilla. “Neo-Zionism: Portrait of a Contemporary Hegemony”, Theory and Criticism, 52, 2020, pp 87-103.
Magid, Shaul, 2021. Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical. Princeton University Press.
Levy, Gal, Rosenthal, Maoz and Ishak Sporta, 2022. “Ethnic Demons and Class Specters: An Update on Ethnic and Class Voting in Israel”, The Elections in Israel, 2019-2021, Israel Democracy Institute and Routledge, (forthcoming)
New publication: "Kriot Israeliot"
We are delighted to announce the inauguration of a new interdisciplinary (social sciences and humanities), digital journal in Hebrew "Kriot Israeliot" (www.kriot.co.il). This peer reviewed journal focuses on Israeli society from all perspectives and welcomes scholarly articles (in Hebrew) of all relevant disciplines (for submission instructions see here).
קריאות ישראליות יצא לאוויר העולם!
קריאות ישראליות, כתב העת הרב־תחומי הדיגיטלי החדש בעברית מבית היוצר של האוניברסיטה הפתוחה, הפך מחלום למציאות. הגיליון הראשון – ובו מסות, מאמרים, ביקורות ספרים ואף ביקור וירטואלי בתערוכה – זמין עכשיו ברשת לקריאה חופשית.
תודה על עזרתכם הרבה בכתיבה ובקריאת עמיתים.
הגיליון הבא יהיה בנושא משבר האקלים, והוא מתוכנן לראות אור ביוני השנה (2022).
אנו מזמינים אתכם לשלוח לנו מאמרים חדשים שלכם שעניינם החברה הישראלית, מכל תחומי מדעי החברה והרוח, לפרסום בגיליונות הבאים.
AIS Statement on the War in Ukraine
The Association for Israel Studies Executive joins in this expression of solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life, and condemn the wanton aggression and indiscriminate killing being perpetrated on Ukrainian civilians. The AIS Executive stands in solidarity with Ukrainian colleagues in all fields of research, and with the Ukrainian people in their courageous resistance to this ongoing violence.
We would also like to share the European Association for Israel Studies' statement concerning the war in Ukraine.
Executive Board and Academic Council of the European Association of Israel Studies Statement on Russia’s Aggression against Ukraine
We strongly condemn Russia's aggression which started in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea and escalated on February 24, 2022 with the massive invasion of Ukraine. This war is destroying peace in Europe and leading to the destruction of the existing political, economic, and socio-cultural relations globally.
We are witnessing a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe that hasn’t been experienced in Europe for decades. Over four million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring countries, half of them are children. Many more are internally displaced.
We express our full support for Ukraine's independence and its unquestionable right to self-determination as a sovereign nation. We call on the international community to support in all possible ways the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people in order to defend their country, to protect the Ukrainian population and to exert pressure on Russia to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian territory and to compensate for the damages inflicted to Ukraine.
We call on the Russian government to stop this illegal war against the Ukrainian people. We are appalled by the reports from Bucha and other places from which the Russian army has now withdrawn and call on the International Court of Justice to investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine and to take action against all offenders.
We also deeply appreciate the stand of those courageous Russians including many academics who do not identify with their government's actions against Ukraine – an invasion which has led to atrocities. We hold in high regard all those who do not remain silent. The example of Andrei Sakharov proves how important it is to speak out. The role of dissidents – and in particular the voices of academics throughout Russian history – in challenging the official narrative holds a treasured place for us in our hearts.
In addition, the European Association of Israel Studies actively seeks means of support for all Ukrainian scholars.
We stand with Ukraine!
Executive Board and Academic Council
of the European Association of Israel Studies
European Association of Israel Studies
Institute of the Middle and Far East,
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AIS Statement about University of Washington at Seattle
The Association for Israel Studies views with concern the controversy over the Israel Studies program at the University of Washington at Seattle. We have refrained up until now from making statements or joining in petitions alleging injuries to the academic freedom of faculty in order to ascertain the facts of the incident.
Based on the information we have received from the university administration, Professor Liora Halperin’s position is secure, as is a chair that she will continue to hold, along with considerable resources for her and the Israel Studies Center.
The University reports: “Prof. Halperin will be the holder of a new endowed chair in Jewish Studies created with the funds that remain in a new endowment. This chair will have the same salary and research benefits as her previous endowed chair. Prof. Halperin’s tenured professorship is in place and fully supported. The implication in the claim that ‘the university stripped Halperin of her chair position and halted programming related to Israel studies’ is thus not accurate.”
The fact is that although $5,000,000 has been returned to the donor, through accrued interest, university matching funds of $2.5 million and other investments that were not returned nearly $6 million remains in an endowment and is dedicated for use of Israel Studies.
The reasons for the return of the endowment have been subject to various interpretations. What is clear is that the donor felt aggrieved and charged that understandings and promises were not fulfilled, and therefore sought written clarifications. It appears that Prof. Halperin’s signature on a petition was only one part of a larger, continuing disagreement over the contract.
The AIS trusts that this unfortunate incident will serve as a cautionary episode in which greater clarity will be manifest in future arrangements among the parties involved in creating and advancing Israel Studies.
It is to be emphasized that the incident at Seattle is exceptional. The field of Israel Studies is growing in importance, and there are numerous centers, chairs, and programs in Israel Studies, headed by scholars holding a wide range of views, that flourish, adhere to the highest academic standards, and contribute to the satisfaction of faculty, students, and donors and the communities they serve. We are hopeful that this will continue to be the case at the University of Washington and in the field generally. The Association for Israel Studies will continue to support academic freedom, freedom of expression and the scholarship and scholars advancing knowledge of modern Israel.
Arieh Saposnik, President
AIS Statement on the Closing of the Israel’s National Library
The Association for Israel Studies (AIS)—the leading international body that brings together scholars of Israeli history, society, politics and culture from around the world—is deeply concerned about the impending closure of Israel’s National Library and the decision to send 300 employees home on unpaid leave due to a lack of funding.
In addition to its invaluable holdings of over 5,000,000 volumes that serve scholars and the broad public, it is also home to rare books and parchments, as well as archival collections of inestimable value to the work of studying Israeli society, culture and history. Given this, the National Library is a vital asset to the AIS and to the scholars of Israel from around the world whom it represents.
A national library—the principal treasure trove of a society’s cultural creativity and of a civilization’s artifacts—is a vital asset to any state. Democratic countries throughout the world have recognized this by making sure their libraries have continued to function even in the current crisis.
Israel’s National Library is an expression of the greatest aspirations of the country’s founders, for whom the very purpose of a sovereign state was the ability to freely create a sovereign culture. The National Library is a foundation-stone of that culture, and a record of the many cultures that have together come to constitute Israeli culture. We are extremely concerned that this national treasure might be closed.
Even prior to the current crisis, the National Library received substantially less state funding than equivalent institutions in the free world. We implore the Ministries of Education and Treasury to act immediately to provide the funding needed to allow the continued operation of the National Library—so vital an asset for scholars of Israel.