ISRAEL STUDIES PUBLICATIONS

Israel Studies (Indiana University Press)

Edited by S. Ilan Troen and Natan Aridan

Published since 1996, Israel Studies encourages multidisciplinary scholarship on the development of Israeli history, politics, society, culture, literature, economics, sociology, anthropology, and historical geography. Each issue includes essays and reports on matters of broad interest reflecting diverse points of view. Temporal boundaries extend to the pre-state period, although emphasis is on the State of Israel. Due recognition is also given to events and phenomena in diaspora communities as they affect the Israeli state.

Israel Studies is sponsored by the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, in affiliation with the Association for Israel Studies.

  

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Perspectives on Israel Studies, published by Indiana University Press, presents groundbreaking scholarship on Israeli history, international relations, politics, society, culture, and more. Extending from the pre-state period through the present, the series gives special attention to individuals, events, and phenomena as they affect the Israeli state and society. Works that deal with Israeli diaspora communities are strongly encouraged. This series builds on the unique partnership between the journal Israel Studies, the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Editors: S. Ilan Troen, Natan Aridan, Donna Robinson Divine, David Ellenson, Arieh Saposnik. 

 

 
Submission and Manuscript Guidelines 

We invite proposals of original and previously unpublished research in all fields of the humanities, and the social and political sciences relevant to the study of modern Israel. Please inform us if your manuscript is being considered simultaneously by another press. Manuscripts should be submitted in English. For more information about what to include, visit here. 

Send inquiries to Ilan Troen, series editor (troen@brandeis.edu) or Dee Mortensen, Editorial Director, Indiana University Press (mortense@indiana.edu).

GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

M.A. IN MIGRATION STUDIES – GLOBAL MIGRATION AND POLICY

The M.A. program in Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. The program is designed for passionate students with strong educational backgrounds, professional drive and, preferably, previous professional or activist experience. Led by scholars and practitioners in the field of migration, this program provides students with the theories, tools, and first-hand experience to pursue careers in a variety of fields ranging from public policy, international affairs, politics, research, academia, and non-profit work. Students graduate with gain in a deep understanding and tools for of research and professional work in a range of contexts that deal with the world of migration.

Objectives

  • Expose students to a variety of disciplinary approaches to global migration, such as the legal, cultural, economic and the socio-political.
  • Provide a comprehensive look into global and local issues of migration and in-depth understanding of the key issues animating current debates on migration.
  • Introduce students to cutting-edge theoretical perspectives and to a wide variety of research methodologies in social sciences.
  • Expose students to professional work carried out in the field of migration. Students are required to take up internships that will enable them to gain hands-on experience in the field and specialize in areas of migration according to their personal preferences.
  • This international program, which is taught in English, is an opportunity to be part of a diverse student body and gain exposure to international visiting scholars teaching in the program. The international orientation of the program provides a platform for knowledge acquisition and the convergence of experiences, fostering a unique and dynamic learning environment and forging social and professional networks.
  • Facilitate students’ exchange. Students in the program can participate for one semester in one of the several exchange programs in universities abroad affiliated to TAU.
 
 

 

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

INTERNATIONAL M.A. IN POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICAL COMMUNICATION 

This Program is a one-year (3 semester, October-August) graduate program that provides students with a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the dynamics and complexities of politics in the global age. The program grants an M.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.


Our Political Science Department stands out in the study of political theories, political leadership, political communication, electoral systems and behavior and is the home of the Israel National Election Studies.
In addition, the program provides students with advanced knowledge, understanding and tools of analysis in a world characterized by growing fusion between communication and politics, allowing a broad comparative perspective of the challenges of leaders in the communicative age. Educational tours guided by top specialists are incorporated into the curriculum. Students are meeting with political leaders, prominent journalists and election specialists while visiting Israel's governmental, parliamentary and media institutions among other sites of interest.


Students come to study in the Political Science & Political Communication program from all over the world and are encouraged to take up internship and other extra-curricular activities during an exciting year stay in Israel.
In order to apply students are asked to complete our on-line application form available here. You are invited to watch a short video about the program and visit our site that includes detailed information.

 
 

 

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION

The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (MA in Public Policy) was launched as an English language program in 2009, based on the existing Hebrew language program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation which was established in 2003.

This three semester program aims to offer students around the world the opportunity to study the fundamentals of international conflict resolution at its core. In response to the ever-increasing recognition in the academic world of the importance of conflict resolution, both as a credible research field and a field of practice, we intend to equip our students with the necessary academic and practical tools to address the assessment, management, and resolution of conflicts.
We are striving to attract a diverse student body from all around the world, to create a dynamic and diverse environment comprised of a spectrum of experiences and perspectives.

We put together an interdisciplinary curriculum that will expose the students to a comprehensive study of conflicts and their resolution from diverse perspectives; ranging from international law to psychological and economic perspectives, every relevant field will be incorporated during the first semester. During the second and third semesters, students will be able to choose from a variety of classes according to their interests. During the studies special focus will be placed on combining practical experience to the theoretical knowledge through simulations and workshops. The students will be guided throughout their studies by the negotiation and mediation skills that they will gradually cultivate. In addition, we are planning to offer a workshop on the UN and the Middle East: during the entire year, different UN representatives will introduce our students to their office’s role and goals, giving them insight about what happens “in the real world.” This collaboration will both enrich classroom dialogue and complement the students’ experience and in–depth research.

The faculty is comprised of outstanding lecturers from Tel Aviv University and other prestigious universities and expert practitioners, who will provide our students with the extensive knowledge and tools needed for venturing into the field of conflict resolution. Many of our faculty members have been engaged in historical and present Middle East negotiations, and are committed to sharing with our students the intricacies of their hands on experience.


Our program has taken particular interest in encouraging and facilitating students to enrol in internships during their studies that correspond to their interests. Israel is home to an array of organizations committed to achieving conflict resolution at different levels. We believe the students’ involvement in their dynamic and innovative projects will add a unique dimension to their academic experience.

For all questions and comments please contact resolute@post.tau.ac.il.

 
 

 

THE PARASOL FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL LL.M. PROGRAM, TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LAW

The Parasol Foundation International LL.M Program at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law is a 10 month program which brings outstanding students from all over the world for a rigorous, highly-academic LL.M. degree. The program language of instruction is English, and although there may be a course or two on Israeli law, the focus of the LL.M. is international law.

Students can choose a general course of study or may specialize in:

  • International Law & Human Rights
  • Law & Technology
  • Business Law​

The rigorous academic curriculum is based on innovative approaches to legal theory, providing law students analytical tools and skills to engage in serious academic research and practical insights. Classes explore contemporary challenges to law that stem from the processes of globalization to specific courses on the Israeli legal and social systems, the complexities of the Middle East region and the legal aspects of the Start-up Nation.

The curriculum consists of courses, seminars and workshops which allow students to pursue several disciplines, including: International Law and Global Regulation Legal Theory; Law and Technology and Business Law. The program also enables the participants to choose from electives from the rich variety of English-language graduate programs.

The LL.M. is without thesis. LL.M. candidates will be eligible to apply for admittance to the Ph.D Program at the Faculty of Law, following the successful completion of the LL.M. degree.

Financial aid / scholarships will be offered to promising candidates according to needs or academic qualifications, and in order to promote diversity.

Please contact studylaw@tau.ac.il for program and scholarship information.

 


UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

MA PROGRAM IN ISRAEL STUDIES 
SCHOOL OF HISTORY, FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
DEPARTMENT OF ISRAEL STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF JEWISH HISTORY

The program builds on the scholarly excellence, rich curriculum and unique institutional resources the University of Haifa offers in the fields of Jewish and Israeli history, Middle Eastern politics and society, and on the successful experience of international academic collaborations.

The program offers students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the State of Israel from the beginning of the Zionist movement until the present. Emphasis will be placed on the complexity of Israel's society, including its multicultural character at home as well as its relation to the Jewish Diaspora.

The Israel Studies Department at the University of Haifa, known for its academic excellence, has developed a challenging, interdisciplinary course of study. The campus is a living laboratory where Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouin and Bahá'ís study side by side. Students will experience a dynamic, cultural mosaic where students of all ethnic backgrounds encounter and engage, becoming acquainted with each other and, even if they do not agree, learn to understand and respect each other. In this setting, students will experience in real life the relevant issues of a multicultural, multiethnic society.

The Academic Program

Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented growth of scholarly interest in Israeli history, politics, society and culture. The program is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the Israeli experience from a wide perspective, and see it against the larger backdrop of twentieth century Jewish history, and Middle Eastern politics and society.
Taught in English over three semesters, the program will examine Israeli society from a variety of perspectives, including aliyah and migration, economics, politics, culture and religion, and the ties between Israel and Jewish communities abroad.
The multidisciplinary curriculum will include courses in history, international relations, sociology, political science and religious studies, in addition to weekly meetings with representatives from different sectors of Israeli society.
 
Courses will be subdivided into the following three academic categories:
• History of Zionism and the State of Israel, 1881-1967
• Jewish Diasporas in the 20th Century: A Transnational Perspective
• Contemporary Israel: Sociology, Minorities, Law and Culture

The field campus is one of the highlights of the program at the University of Haifa. Students, together with academic program staff, will spend three days and two nights in one of the country's historically rich regions. Possible locations include the Lower and Upper Galilee, the Negev, Jordan Valley, Beit She’an Valley, Jerusalem and its surroundings. Students will be able to explore the areas' complexities in the past and present, and meet public figures and Israeli citizens with the aim to develop dialogue and familiarity with Israeli society.

 
For any questions, please be in touch with us at infograd@univ.haifa.ac.il

 
 

 

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

MA PROGRAM IN PEACE AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT STUDIES
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Exceptional students looking to make a difference in the world are invited to come to the University of Haifa and use Israel as their living classroom in the innovative one-year master's degree program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies. This full-degree program, taught in English, combines an in-depth understanding of theory with applications from a regional and international perspective. Students will investigate ethno-national, cultural and religious conflicts in deeply divided societies. They will study and evaluate different approaches to conflict management and peacemaking, while immersing themselves in a region that offers a great deal of relevant real-life case studies.

The interdisciplinary program is based primarily on theoretical and practical frameworks in the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, communications, history, law, philosophy, and education. These perspectives will enrich the students' understanding of conflicts within and among societies and nations. The curriculum also examines specific case studies of conflict and uses the Middle East and Israel as a living classroom for empirical learning.
This unique program includes a mandatory practicum/internship, which increases students' experience in grassroots initiatives in the field. It furnishes exposure to NGO's working toward Arab-Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli coexistence and Middle East peace processes. 

Field trips give students a first-hand acquaintance with the reality of government agencies and non-government organizations that are dealing with conflict management issues on a daily basis.

The University of Haifa is known for faculty expertise in the fields of coexistence, conflict-settlement and peace processes and is a center for research of these areas in Israel. The University has three research centers relevant to the program: The Center for Research on Peace Education; The Jewish-Arab Center; The Center for Multiculturalism and Educational Research. Due to its multicultural orientation and the daily coexistence between Arab and Jewish citizens on campus, the University of Haifa is an ideal location for this unique curriculum. As one of the few mixed Jewish-Arab cities in Israel, Haifa has achieved a high level of normalcy and cooperation among its diverse residents. Jews (both native Israelis and newer immigrants), Christian Arabs, Muslim Arabs, Druze and Baha'i all live and work together in the city – and study together on campus. Each year, close to 700 international students from around the world join this academic community adding to its diversity and cultural richness.
 
For any questions, please be in touch with us at infograd@univ.haifa.ac.il

 
 

 

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

MA PROGRAM IN DIPLOMACY STUDIES
SCHOOL OF POLITICAL SCIENCES
DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The dynamics of the contemporary, complex, interconnected and highly-charged international environment present new challenges for scholars, policy analysts and decision makers, both at the international level and in the context of the Middle East. Against this backdrop, the new MA Program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing the broad cluster of issues that impinge upon the entire region, and which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.
The focus on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms is designed to provide students with insights derived from concepts and analytical tools taken from the disciplines of international relations theory, as well as from the fields of strategic studies, international economics and other related areas.

The program is intended to enable students to identify effective solutions to a broad range of political, cultural and economic problems with which they will be faced and be continuously involved (both regionally and globally) as bureaucrats, officials and decision makers, in the context of an array of complex negotiating situations and points of decision.

The one-year program is taught over three consecutive semesters from October through August. The language of instruction is English.

Program Outline

All courses are required and will be completed over three consecutive semesters, each of which will comprise 12 hours of studies: 
1. Semester A: Introductory courses in diplomatic studies, and diplomacy and communication.
2. Semester B: Three advanced seminars, which will apply the theoretical concepts and tools introduced and developed in the first semester.
3. Semester C: Implementation of the insights, concepts, theories and data provided in the first two semesters as the platform and springboard for simulating the actual dynamics of multilateral diplomacy. Emphasis will be placed on the role of diplomatic methods and strategies in the quest for conflict resolution and regional stability. This semester will include a workshop on the practice of public diplomacy, which will involve both practitioners and diplomats as an integral part of the workshop.

An important element of the program will be the simulated analysis of concrete diplomatic decision games and action games. In the course of this simulation, the students will experiment with a range of diplomatic (and strategic) concepts, techniques and scenarios in a controlled and structured effort to emulate real-time crisis situations, with emphasis on the mechanisms and tools for mitigating and defusing them.
 
For any questions, please be in touch with us at infograd@univ.haifa.ac.il

 
 

 

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

THE WEISS-LIVNAT INTERNATIONAL MA PROGRAM IN HOLOCAUST STUDIES
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa offers an academic program unlike any other in the world. It provides students with more than just an academic program; it has been designed with the addition of exciting and challenging activities to spark the interest of the student and encourage personal development and dedication to the field of Holocaust research.
Taught in English over three semesters, the one-year master's degree program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, in collaboration with Yad Vahsem and the Ghetto Fighters’ House, is dedicated to creating and nurturing a new generation of Holocaust researchers, archivists, curators and educators.
Internships

An internship program is offered to enrich the curriculum and prepare students for actual employment upon graduation. Available internships include: Ghetto Fighters' House Museum Archives, Yad Vashem Museum, Hagana Archives and the Diaspora Museum.

Volunteer Program with Holocaust Survivors
Students receiving scholarships are required to participate in the Holocaust Survivors Community Giving Project, in coordination with the International Hillel Foundation. Within this framework, students donate their time in a number of ways, including visiting Holocaust survivors, leading workshops or organizing holiday celebrations for the survivors. Students will be required to record their activities in a journal or blog.
 
Study Tours to Archives in Israel, Poland and Germany
As part of the experiential learning, students participate in study tours throughout the academic year to relevant museums and sites throughout Israel. Visits to sites such as Yad Vashem, the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum and the Atlit detainee camp provide students with the opportunity to implement their academic knowledge into real-life example, by seeing actual archives, historical records and documentation.
One of the highlights of the course is the study tours to historical sites in Europe relevant to the study of the Holocaust where students will visit historical archives and meet local students and researchers.
 
For any questions, please be in touch with us at infograd@univ.haifa.ac.il

 
 

 

DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN ISRAEL STUDIES AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

The Schusterman Center funds full and partial fellowships for doctoral students focusing on Israel Studies in fields such as history, sociology, politics, Middle East studies, Israeli art, literature and culture. These fellowships—granted through individual departments—will be renewable, after review, for up to five years. The Schusterman Scholar Fellowship includes a full tuition scholarship, health care benefits and a stipend of up to $26,000 per year.

 


 

RAPHAEL RECANATI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 
INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER (IDC) HERZLIYA
MA PROGRAM IN GOVERNMENT

There are currently three specializations in the MA program. The length of the program is one year (3 semesters, including summer).
Students may select a specialization in:

• Diplomacy and Conflict Studies 
• Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies 
• Public Policy and Administration (in Hebrew only)

Each of these specializations is designed to equip the next generation of leaders of the public sector in Israel with the means to address future challenges. Students can also choose an MA with thesis option which requires two years of study.
 
Program Highlights
Study with a renowned, international faculty. Professors in the Lauder School earned their degrees from Princeton University, the London School of Economics, Harvard University, Northwestern University, Columbia University and New York University. 
Network with policymakers and students from dozens of countries around the world. 
Gain both theoretical and practical knowledge, with the opportunity for hands-on work experience. 
Associate with two of the most highly regarded research institutes in the world, located at the IDC Herzliya: the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), which organize seminars, workshops and forums, including the prestigious annual Herzliya Conference. 
Earn a valuable MA in one year at an affordable price. 
Benefit from social, logistical and personal support, carefully designed to help you adjust to life in Israel. Members of IDC Herzliya are there to guide you every step of the way.
 
For more information visit us on the web at: www.idc.ac.il/gov/eng/ma
For all questions and comments please contact our Academic Coordinator: rris.master@idc.ac.il

 
 

 

RAPHAEL RECANATI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 
INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER (IDC) HERZLIYA
GLOBAL MBA PROGRAMS


The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya offers executives from Israel and abroad the unique opportunity to pursue a Global MBA in English at one of Israel's most prestigious academic institutions.  
The Global MBA degree at the Arison School of Business prepares students to function in the international business world. Studying in a program with executives from around the world gives IDC's graduates a significant advantage in networking and in creating opportunities in the global business arena.
 
Students can follow two distinct programs: Global Management (GMBA) or Global Entrepreneurship (GEMBA). Both MBA programs include dynamic coursework, directed hands-on experience, and competitive networking opportunities. Business students also have the rare and exciting opportunity to participate in a student exchange program with The Wharton School of Business.  


The GMBA Program was designed to provide its students with the tools needed to conduct business in the global arena. The GEMBA program endows students with wide-ranging theoretical knowledge and practical tools vital to entrepreneurship. 
Global MBA classes are scheduled for two days a week to allow students the flexibility to work while pursuing their degrees.  The program's outstanding faculty boasts teaching experience from leading business schools including Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, Cornell, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Harvard and others. With personalized employment and career counseling, and an emphasis on networking, students graduate from the Global MBA programs fully equipped to succeed in the international business world.
 
For all questions and comments please contact our Academic Coordinator: rris.master@idc.ac.il

 
 

 

HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
THE ROTHBERG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Rothberg International School offers a variety of programs for North American and International Students; from a few short weeks to a whole year studying in Israel.  They can choose to spend a semester or year at RIS taking courses taught in English, learning the Hebrew language and joining fellow students in excursions around the city.  The undergraduate program is expanding its array of courses this year to include Environmental and Brain and Behavioral Sciences, capitalizing on strengths of Hebrew University’s departments.  We are very pleased to announce that beginning this spring, our Spring in Jerusalem Program, a joint initiative with Harvard University, will allow for academically promising undergraduates to take a number of courses taught in English or in Hebrew at The Hebrew University Faculties. Students can take classes alongside Israeli students within Hebrew University departments, while at the same time enrolling in courses at the Rothberg International School. Students can also join the social activities, community internships and Hebrew classes which are all offered at RIS. It is also possible to spend a summer at the Rothberg International School and learn Biblical Hebrew, Arabic, or participate in an archaeological dig.  You may not know that RIS even offers graduate level study – students can enroll for a semester or year, or complete a Master’s Degree in one of seven different areas (Israeli Society & Politics, Community Leadership & Philanthropy Studies, The Bible & Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Education).
 

Those with a sufficient level of Hebrew will be able to take courses from related fields at the Hebrew University.  
While our school is in Israel, our office is in New York, and we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our website is http://overseas.huji.ac.il/ and our toll free number is (800) 404-8622 or if you're calling from abroad reach us at (212) 607.8520.  
 
 
Janet F. Alperstein, Ph.D
Director
Office of Academic Affairs
Rothberg International School
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (800) 404-8622; 212-607-8520
Fax: 212-809-4183

 

DATA RESOURCES

On this page, you will find references to databases for research of Israel which were brought to the attention of the AIS. If you are a member and have a datasource that you would like posted on this webpage please email the AIS with the information.


 

ISRAEL VOICE INDEX

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to introduce you to our Center’s monthly “Israel Voice Index” focusing on current issues and trends in Israeli public opinion.

Our recent May 2019 edition revealed that 58% of all Israelis believe that reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians will improve Israel?s international status while only 30% think that unilateral withdrawal from territories will bring the same result. 

In another survey, when asked which countries are most friendly to Israel, 95% of the Israeli public identified the United States followed by India (62%) and Germany (58%).

The “Israel Voice Index” is an initiative of the non-partisan Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute.  Over a span of 60 years and through more than 1,200 surveys, the Center has applied rigorous and innovative research to document the Israeli public?s attitudes regarding thousands of issues in all aspects of life including politics, culture, ideology, religion, education, and national security. The Center’s surveys have become a basic reference for policy and decision-makers from across Israel?s political spectrum.

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ISRAELI VOICE INDEX

 

DATA ISRAEL - THE ONLINE PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH DATABASE OF THE GUTTMAN CENTER FOR PUBLIC OPINION AND POLICY RESEARCH

The Data Israel portal is an online public opinion research database created and administered by the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, at the Israel Democracy Institute. It is the second-largest database in Israel (second to the Central Bureau of Statistics), and contains data from hundreds of public-opinion polls conducted from 1967 to the present on a wide range of subjects such as society, economics, security, and political leaders and institutions. In the future, the portal will also contain research reports dating back to 1949. 
The portal features an advanced, user-friendly search engine that uses keywords from a survey’s title as well as words that appear in the questions and the response categories. Searches may be performed in English and Hebrew, and the results appear in either language, according to the user’s preference. 
Most of the surveys in the portal contain complete data, and users may perform simple statistical procedures, such as frequencies and crosstabbs. Users may also view the questionnaires and download the complete data file of surveys in SPSS or Excel format.* 
The Data Israel portal may be accessed at the following link: 
https://dataisrael.idi.org.il

 

PODCAST: INTERVIEWS FROM THE 32ND AIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Tel Aviv Review is a biweekly podcast dedicated to reviewing the latest developments in nonfiction writing and scholarship about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
In partnership with TLV1 Radio and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Gilad Halpern hosts leading scholars and researchers for long-form, in-depth discussions about their field of expertise.
In June 2016, the podcast covered the AIS Annual Conference in Jerusalem, yielding 20 interviews on a wide range of topics. 
The interviews, alongside more than 250 archive interviews, can be found here: http://www.telavivreview.org/ais-conference-2016

 

ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN PEACE NEGOTIATIONS

The idea that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat came to Israel for an extremely dramatic visit in November 1977, and from then on it was a forgone conclusion that there would be peace between Israel and Egypt is of course wrong. The fact that the peace agreement between the two warring countries was signed only on 26th of March 1979, 35 years ago this week, hints that the negotiations were long, arduous and at times seemingly hopeless.

The Israel State Archives (ISA) has been publishing the documentation of these negotiations for some time, here and here, for example. This week we published almost 70 new documents, some in English, from the final laps of the negotiations, between the run-up to the Camp David talks in summer 1978 to the agreement itself in spring 1979. Among the documents are notes written by Aharon Barak, in illegible Hebrew, when he was alone with President Carter and PM Begin in the room; not only have these notes never previously been published, but until last year no-one was ever able to decipher them. Before this publication Justice Barak deciphered them painstakingly for us, adding comment as he did so.

Hebrew readers are encouraged to download this publication as a free e-book, designed for use on tablets.


ISRAEL NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES (INES)

The site incorporates the data of the Israel national election studies and additional relevant information about elections in Israel and in comparative perspective. As you surely know, election surveys in Israel have been carried out since 1969, and these data have been available to the scientific community in Israel and in the world since. The site includes a bibliography with publications relying on these data. If you have used these data in your work - or if you are familiar with other such publications missing from the list - we will be happy to update the bibliography accordingly.

 


 

DOCUMENT ARCHIVE

DAILY ALERT ARCHIVES

Information on Israel's national security issues - filtered, sifted, and stored for easy retrieval - from the treasury of electronic content at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) has recently finished compiling a research database that provides a searchable archive of the center's Daily Alert publications. The Daily Alert is a publication that the center puts out every weekday to chronicle news articles from that day that pertain to Israel. The publication consists of a summary of each article and a link to the original source. The searchable archive dates back to 2002 and is free to use.  
The database can be accessed at http://www.dailyalert.org/rss/tagpage.php or through the JCPA website: http://jcpa.org/

 

THE BERMAN JEWISH POLICY ARCHIVE

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner (www.bjpa.org) offers open access to a fully-searchable and annotated archive of nearly 5,000 documents as well as research tools for organizing and sharing information. We cover a broad range of topics, and emphasize issues of culture and identity covering both North America, and Israel, for example, Israel Advocacy, Diaspora Relations, and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The collection, which includes primary sources such as original reports and studies as well as analysis and policy recommendations, continues to expand. Many of the materials have never been digitized before or are not available anywhere else online.

 

VISUAL MEMORY
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL

We invite you to embark on fascinating explorations of Palestine-Israel in the past 150 years. By means of this collection of photographic images, you can pay a visit to Jerusalem in the 19th century, Tel Aviv as it emerged over 100 years ago, the agricultural settlements of Palestine and the newly established State of Israel. You can follow in the footsteps of individuals, both famous and forgotten, witness cultural events and economic enterprises, archeological excavations and educational institutions. You can also become acquainted with the diverse cultures imported by the waves of immigration as well as local Arab culture. Countless experiences and revelations await you here, caught in the eye of the camera's lens.

http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/digitallibrary/photos/Pages/photo_portal.aspx

 

ELECTION CHRONICLES
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL

​The cultural impact of an election campaign is not registered in the annals of literature or art, but in ephemeral manifestations that attest to the mainstream nature of the event. These manifestations take the form of print, radio and television propaganda, and in more recent years, Internet propaganda. The materials preserved by the National Library and other partners in this project enable us to give the public a full, rich, and varied portrait of significant events in the Israeli national memory.  
http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/collections/treasures/elections/Pages/default2.aspx

ISRAEL STUDIES CENTERS AND CHAIRS

ISRAEL STUDIES CENTERS AND CHAIRS

The following list represents an effort by an Association for Israel Studies to identify centers, institutes, study programs, endowed chairs, and faculty that focus on the academic study of modern Israel. It includes only institutions whose primary focus is on modern Israel, rather than on Jewish or Middle Eastern studies more broadly. It also excludes institutions or organizations that focus primarily on policy advocacy or public outreach rather than scholarly research and instruction


ISRAEL STUDIES CENTERS AND PROFESSORSHIPS OUTSIDE ISRAEL

Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University 
Director: Prof. Csaba Nikolenyi, Director  
1455 de Maisonneuve St. West, Room SB-435 
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1M8
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext: 8721
azrieli.institute@concordia.ca
Website

Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Paula Kabalo
POB 257 Sede Boker Campus, 84990        
Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Israel
Phone: 08-6596936
bgi@bgu.ac.il 
Website

The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Michigan State University
Director: Prof. Yael Aronoff
619 Red Cedar Road
Room C-730 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
Phone: 517-432-3493
Website

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University 
Director: Prof. David Ellenson
Mailstop 060
Waltham, MA 02454, USA
Tel: 781-736-2166
Fax: 781-736-2070
SCIS@brandeis.edu or dellenson@brandeis.edu
Director: Prof. David Ellenson
Website

The Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University 
Director: Prof. Ronald W. Zweig
14A Washington Mews, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003, USA
Tel: 212-992-9797
Fax: 212-995-4178
fas.taubcenter@nyu.edu
Website

Center for Israel Studies, Binghamton University
Director: Prof. Randy Friedman    
Library Tower 1312 
Binghamton University Campus
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
 
(607) 777-2443 
friedman@binghamton.edu

Website

Ben-Gurion Chair for Israel and Middle East Studies, College of Jewish Studies, Heidelberg
Landfriedstrasse 12
D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49-6221-5419261
johannes.becke@hfjs.eu

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society, University of California Berkeley 
Faculty director: Prof. Kenneth Bamberger, kbamberger@law.berkeley.edu 
Faculty director: Dr. Prof. Ron Hassner, hassner@berkeley.edu
Executive director: Dr. Daniella Beinisch, dbeinisch@law.berkeley.edu
UC Berkeley School of Law 

472, Boalt Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-7200 
Tel: 510-643-0501 
Website

Center for Israel Studies, American University
Director: Prof. Michael Brenner 
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Batt-Tomb T21
Washington, DC. 20016-8029, USA
Tel: 202-885-3780
Fax: 202-885-1318

michael.brenner@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Website

Center for Israeli Studies, University College London
Director: Dr. Neill Lochery
Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Foster Court, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
Tel: (00 44) 20-7679-7171
Fax: (00 44) 20-7209-1026
n.f.lochery@ucl.ac.uk
Website

Department of Israel and the Jewish Communities Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian)   
Head: Dr. Dmitriy Maryasis
12 Rozhdestvenka St.
Moscow, Russia 103753
Tel: +7 495 624-8485
israelstudies@ivran.ru
Website

Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland
Director: Prof. Yoram Peri, yperi@umd.edu  
Executive Director: Prof. Paul L. Scham, pscham@umd.edu
0140 Holzapfel Hall 

College Park, MD 20742-7415 
301-405-9413 
Website

Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
1180 Amsterdam Avenue 
511 Fayerweather Hall, MC 2509 
New York, New York 10027 
Tel: 212-854-2581 
IIJS@columbia.edu
Website

Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East, University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208-2324, USA
Tel: 303-871-3094
Fax: 303-871-2456
isime-du@du.edu
Website

Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Emory University
Director: Prof. Kenneth W. Stein
1256 Briarcliff Road

Building A, Room 427N
Atlanta, Georgia 30306, USA
Tel: 404-727-2798
Fax: 404-727-2441
kstein@emory.edu
Website

Israel Studies Collaborative, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Director: Prof. Tatjana Lichtenstein
305 E 23rd St B3600

Austin TX 78712
Tel: 512-475-6178
lichtens@austin.utexas.edu 
Website

Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro College 
Director: Prof. Mervin F. Verbit
50 West 23rd Street -- Room 626 

New York,  NY  10010 
Tel. 212-242-4668 Ext. 6047 
mervin.verbit@touro.edu 
Website

Jewish and Israel Studies Program, University of North Texas
Director: Prof. Richard M. Golden    
1155 Union Circle #305369

Denton, TX 76203-5017
Tel: 940-369-8926
Fax: 940-369-8163
Director: Prof. Richard M. Golden    
Website

Madar -- The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies
Jaffa Street
P. O. Box 1959
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: 970-2-2966201-4
Fax: 970-2-2966205
madar@madarcenter.org
Website

Modern Jewish and Israel Studies Program, BA Minor Program, California State University at Chico
Department Chair; Humanities Program Coordinator: Prof. Sarah Pike
Office of International Programs

Tehama Hall 211
Chico, CA 95929, USA
Tel: 530-898- 4336
spike@csuchico.edu
Website

The Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies
Director: Dr. Jeannette Gabriel
University of Nebraska at Omaha 

Arts and Science Hall 200 
Omaha, NE 68182 
Tel:  402-554-3175 
jgabriel@unomaha.edu
Website

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, University of California at Los Angeles 
Director: Prof. Yoram Cohen
11361 Bunche Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487, USA
Tel: 310-825-9646
Fax: 310-206-3555
israel@international.ucla.edu
Website


American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
Prof. Mitchell Bard
2810 Blaine Drive
Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
Tel: 301-565-3918
mgbard@aol.com

Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies, University of Toronto
Prof. Emanuel Adler
Dept. of Political Studies
University College, 15 King’s College Circle
Toronto ONT M5S 3H7, Canada
Tel: 416-978-8131
emanuel.adler@utoronto.ca

Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies, Northwestern University
Prof. Elie Rekhess
Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies
Northwestern University
Crowe 5-163, 1860 Campus Drive 
Evanston, IL 60208

Israel Studies Lectureship, University of Manchester
Dr. Moshe Behar
Pearls Lecturer in Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Religions and Theology
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel: 0161-275-3614
Fax: 0161-275-3613
cjs@man.ac.uk

Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Professor of Modern Israel Studies, Michigan State University
Prof. Yael Aronoff 
James Madison College, Michigan State University 
317 S. Case Hall 
East Lansing, MI 48825-1025, USA 
Tel: 517-884-1269
aronoffy@msu.edu 

Meyerhoff Chair in Israel Studies, University of Wisconsin
Prof. Nadav Shelef 
University of Wisconsin 
Department of Political Science 
414 North Hall 
Madison, WI 53706 
Tel: 608-263-2280 
shelef@wisc.edu

Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies, Portland State University
Prof. Nina Spiegel 
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
phone: 503-725-3085
judaicst@pdx.edu  

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies, San Francisco State University 
Prof. Eran Kaplan
Department of Jewish Studies
1600 Holloway Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94132 
Tel: 415-338-6075 
Fax: 415-338-6080 
jewish@sfsu.edu

Rosenbloom Visiting Israeli Professor, Indiana University
Director, Jason Mokhtarian
Olamot Center
School of Global and International Studies
Room 4019
Indiana University
jmokhtar@indiana.edu

Stanley Lewis Chair in Israel Studies, University of Oxford
Prof. Yaakov Yadgar
Middle East Program, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies 
12 Bevington Road
Oxford, OX2 6LH
United Kingdom
yaacov.yadgar@area.ox.ac.uk
44 (0)1865-612859

University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies 
Prof. Colin Shindler 
Professor of Israeli Studies 
Thornbaugh Street, Russell Square 
London WC1H 0XG 
cs52@soas.ac.uk

Yosif Hayim Yerushalmi Chair of Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Prof. Inon Cohen 
Institute for Jewish and Israeli Studies 
615 Knox Hall - MC 9649 
New York, NY 10027-6902 
Tel:  212- 854- 5361 
yc2444@columbia.edu



ISRAEL STUDIES CENTERS AND INSTITUTIONS IN ISRAEL

Adva Center
Executive Director: Atty. Noga Dagan Buzaglo

P. O. Box 36529
Tel Aviv 61364
Tel: 03-5608871
Fax: 03-5602205
contact@adva.org
Website

Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University
Director: Prof. Jonathan Rynhold
Department of Political Studies

Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-5318157, 03-5318578
Fax: 03-5353307
israeez@mail.biu.ac.il

Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University  
Director: Prof. Efraim Karsh    
Ramat Gan 52900 

Tel: 03-535-9198, 03-531-8959
Fax: 03-535-9195
office@besacenter.org
Website

Ben-Gurion Research Institute For the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Paula Kabalo
Sede-Boqer 8499000

Tel: 08-6596936
Fax: 08-6596939 
bgi@bgu.ac.il
Website

Center for the Study of Bedouin Society and Culture, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Alean Al-Krenawi
Beer Sheva 84105

Tel: 08-6472859
Fax: 08-6461876
Bedouin@bgumail.bgu.ac.il

Center of International Communications and Policy, Bar-Ilan University
Head: Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig
Ramat Gan 52900

Tel: 03-5317061
Fax: 03-9234511
wilzis@mail.biu.ac.il
Website

Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society, Tel Aviv University
Director: Dr. Nurit Guttman
Faculty of Social Science

Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-640-5866
Fax: 03-640-6545
mherzog@post.tau.ac.il
Website

Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director: Prof. Hillel Cohen  
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Tel: 02-588-2867
Fax: 02-558-2986
cherrick@h2.hum.huji.ac.il
Website

Davis Institute for International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director: Prof. Dan Miodownik
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Tel.: 02-5882312
Fax: 02-5825534
davis.institute@mail.huji.ac.il
Website

Department of Land of Israel Studies, University of Haifa
Director: Prof. Gur Alroey
MA Program in Israel Studies

Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905
Tel: 04-824-9296/9414
Fax: 04-824-0959
galroey@univ.haifa.ac.il
Website

Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director: Prof. Asaf Zussman
Department of Economics

Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905 
Tel. 02-5883167
Fax: 02-5816071
ronit.ashkenazi@mail.huji.ac.il
Website

Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies
Head: Prof. Eran Razin
9a Diskin St.

Jerusalem 96440
Tel: 02-5666243
Fax: 02-5666252
Website

Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy, and Civic Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director: Prof. Dan Avnon
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Tel: 02-5882267
Fax: 02-5881532
gilocenter@mscc.huji.ac.il
Website

The Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC Herzliya
Herzliya 46150
Tel: 09-960-2736
Fax: 09-956-8605
gloria@idc.ac.il

Heksherim Research Institute for Jewish & Israeli Literature & Culture, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Yigal Schwartz
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6477548
heksher@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Website

Herzl Institute for Research and Studies of Zionism and Israel
Director: Rav Rafi Eis 
Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905

Tel: 04-8240851
Fax: 04-8249010
info@herzlinstitute.org
Website

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Dr. Nimrod Hurvitz
P. O. B. 653

Beer-Sheva 84105
Tel: 07-6461112
Fax: 07-6472938
Humphrey@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Website

Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University
Head: Dr. Amos Yadlin
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978

Tel: 03-640-0400
Fax: 03-744-7590
info@inss.org.il
Website

Israel Democracy Institute
President: Dr. Yohanan Plesner
4 Pinsker Street

Talbieh, Jerusalem 92228
Mailing address: POB 4702, Jerusalem 91046
Tel: 02-530-0888
Fax: 02-530-0837
E-mail: info@idi.org.il
Website 

Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Co-Directors: Nivine Sandouka and Liel Maghen
P. O. B. 9321, Jerusalem 91092

Tel: 02-6769460
Fax: 02-6768011
ipcri@ipcri.org
Website 

The Leonid Nevzlin Center for Russian and East European Jewry
Director: Dr. Semion Goldin
Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-5881959
merkaznev@savion.huji.ac.il
Website

Israeli Center for Third-Sector Research
Director: Prof. Pierre Kletz
School of Management

Ben-Gurion Univesity of the Negev
Tel: 972-8-6472323
kletz@som.bgu.ac.il
Website

Macro Center for Political Economics
Chair: Dr. Roby Nathanson
21 Pinsker Street, Entrance B, basement floor

Tel Aviv 63421, Israel
Tel: 03-5251057

Fax: 03-5251058
macro@macro.org.il
Website

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Director General: Chaya Herskovic 
Beit Milken, 13 Tel Hai St.

Jerusalem 92107
Tel: 02-5619281
Fax: 02-5619112
info@jcpa.org
Website

The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research
Director General: Lior Schillat
Radak 20 Rehavia

Jerusalem 9218604
Tel: 02-5630175
Fax: 02-5639814
info@jerusaleminstitute.org.il
Website

The Negev Center for Sustainability, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Meidad Kissinger
POB 653
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6461600
meidadk@bgu.ac.il
Website

Peres Center for Peace
Chairman: Chemi Peres
2 Hashalom Rd., 4th Fl.

Tel Aviv 67892
Tel: 03-568-0680
Fax: 03-562-7265
info@peres-center.org
Website

Shalem College
3 Ha'askan Street

Jerusalem, 9378010
Tel: 02-560 5555
inquiries@shalem.ac.il
Website

​The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 
POB 257 Sede Boker Campus, 84990
08-6596936
bgi@bgu.ac.il
Website

Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University
Head: Prof. Mordechai Tamarkin
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978

Tel: 03-6406762
Fax: 03-6407489
tscpeace@tauex.tau.ac.il
Website

Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel 
Director General: Suzanne Patt Benvenisti 
Ha’ari 15 

PO Box 3489 
Jerusalem 91034 
Tel: 02-567-1818 
Fax: 02 -567-1919 
info@taubcenter.org.il 
Website

Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
truman@savion.huji.ac.il
Website

Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Institute
14 Ibn Gabirol , POB 7660,
Jerusalem 9107601, Israel
Tel: 02-5398888
Fax: 02-5638310
mbz@cc.huji.ac.il
Website (English) Website (Hebrew)

Yad Tabenkin, The Research and Documentation Center of the Kibbutz Movement
Ramat Efal 52960

Tel: 03-5344458
Fax: 03-5346376
rsoboly-t@bezeqint.net
Website

Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies
26 Haim Levanon St.
P. O. B. 17538
Tel Aviv 
Tel: 03-7453322
Fax: 03-7453355
info@rabincenter.org.il 
Website

MEMBER NEWS

AIS Members are welcome to share with us news about their careers, including prizes, fellowships, promotions, honors, tenure, and new jobs. The purpose of this page is to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AIS members. Approved announcements will be published in this section of our website. Submissions must be no more than 150 words and should be sent to:  ais@aisisraelstudies.org 


 

Deborah Bernstein, University of Haifa Professor Emerita, is the recipient of this year’s Israel Prize in Sociology and Anthropology.  An inspiring teacher and a creative scholar, she advanced the study of class, gender, and ethnicity in Mandate Palestine and Israel.  A long-time member of the Association for Israel Studies—and a dear friend—it is a pleasure to be able to announce this tribute and to wish her congratulations on behalf of her scholarly community (posted on 4/17/19).

Raphael Cohen-Almagor received a grant from The Swiss National Science Foundation (2017-2018) to study end-of-life care in Switzerland. He also received Visiting Professorship, Nirma University, Institute of Law, India (January 2018) where he taught a course on “Speech, Democracy and Liberalism”; Visiting Scholarship, Department of Philosophy, University of Zurich (August-September 2018), and The Distinguished Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Laws, University College London (UCL) (2019), where he plans to work on his new book Reasonable Multiculturalism.

- On behalf of the AIS Board, We wish to congratulate Sara Yael Hirschhorn whose book, CITY ON A HILLTOP: AMERCIAN JEWS AND THE ISRAELI SETTLER MOVEMENT published by Harvard University Press has just been named winner of the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award.

- On behalf of the Board, We wish to extend congratulations to former AIS President Hanna Herzog who was named one of the recipients of the Israeli prestigious EMET Prize given for outstanding work in Art, Culture, and Science.  Political Sociologist, Professor Herzog created the field of gender studies in Israel and has served as a model for both the academy and those engaged in social change.  Mazal Tov Hanna Herzog! 

- Dr. Joyce Dalsheim, UNC Charlotte, Department of Global Studies and Associate Editor of  Review of Middle East Studies, has been awarded the Luce/ACLS Fellowship in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs for her current research project. (posted on 3/13/2018)

- Judit Bokser Liwerant, Profesor of Political Science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been awarded the Sklare Award. She will receive the 2017 Award at the congress of ASSJ and AJS (posted on 4/8/2017)

- Colin Shindler's The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, has been awarded the gold medal in The Washington Institute's 2016 Book Prize competition. The Rise of the Israeli Right is published by Cambridge University Press (posted on 11/30/2016)

- The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is proud to announce Hillel Cohen as the winner of the third biennial competition for the Azrieli Institute Prize for Best Book in Israel Studies in English or French. The book: Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1929 was published by Brandeis University Press (The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies). The competition is organized under the auspices of the J.I. Segal Awards of the Jewish Public Library (posted on 9/21/2016).

- Galia Golan was honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Peace Studies Section of the International Studies Association at ISA’s recent annual convention in Atlanta, GA. The award honors ISA members with a substantial record of research, practice, publishing in the field of peace and conflict studies and, ideally, a record of service to the ISA (posted on 4/21/2016)

- Raphael Cohen-Almagor (University of Hull) received two grants: The 1970 Trust, England (2013-2016) (£9,000), and he is part of a group of researchers that received AHRC Research Network: Crossing Over – New Narratives of Death, PI Dr David Kennedy (2013-2016) (£33,000). Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor’s biography is included in Who's Who in the World, 33rd Edition (2016), and in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21th Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England (2015). (Posted on 3/27/2016)

 - Itamar Radai has received the Jerusalem Days Prize of the Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Institute for his book: Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948: A Tale of Two Cities, Tel- Aviv University, 2015 (The English version was published by Routledge, 2016). (posted on 2/1/2016)  
-Motti Inbari was tenured and promoted to associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (posted on 1/29/2016)


STATEMENT OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR ISRAEL STUDIES:
ON THE “ENTRY TO ISRAEL LAW”


The Association for Israel Studies views with deep concern the “Entry to Israel Law” passed by the Knesset on March 6.  This law is dangerous to academic freedom and harmful to our members, Israeli scholars as well as those who study Israel from abroad.

The AIS, chartered in the United States, is the most significant international scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel. We pursue the free and informed inquiry of all aspects of Israel society, and engage in disseminating our findings in hundreds of institutions across the world.  While we hold to diverse views on Israeli history, politics and culture, we all uphold a free and unfettered exchange of ideas in the best traditions of academic freedom as practiced in enlightened and democratic societies. 

We are committed to non-discrimination against Israeli academicians and institutions by supporters of BDS, and many of us have leadership positions in the struggle against it.  This law undermines our ability to continue to do so. 

There should be no doubt that this law will have a chilling effect on students wishing to seek an education in Israel, colleagues anxious to engage in research, and those wanting to participate in conferences.  It will create the absurdity that the Association for Israel Studies will no longer be able to hold its meetings in Israel.

There can be no checkpoint of ideas. Security forces and defenses are essential for deterring actual attacks. But it is fantasy and misleading to think that interrogating academics at the country’s gates contributes to national security. Ideas, good and bad, have no borders and can be spread by modern communications and social media.

There are also personal consequences.  As one of our members wrote: “I am a staunch opponent of BDS, but I have signed a petition favoring boycott of products from the West Bank settlements.  Will I, who lived in Israel for 12 years, was Chair of a department at an Israeli university, served in the army, and have defended Israel in numerous public fora, be allowed to enter the next time I want to visit my daughter there?”  Similarly, non-Israelis may not be able to participate in family affairs because of their views. 

Our American members and the American public accept that advocating for a boycott – however strongly we object to BDS -- is an exercise of free speech, and punishing or threatening to punish someone for that is a violation of rights.

Israel must not become an isolated entity open only to those who ascribe to official policy.  Israel has endured economic and cultural boycotts and produced a vibrant economy and culture, and has maintained an animated public sphere with lively debate.  Such a self-imposed quarantine can surely only diminish this fundamental prerequisite to democratic discourse. 

This law is not only an encumbrance to academics, it is a danger to the vitality of Israeli life.  It serves to isolate Israel more effectively than any of the BDS activities have been able to achieve.

               


  הצהרת האגודה ללימודי ישראל על חוק הכניסה לישראל

 האגודה ללימודי ישראל רואה בדאגה עמוקה את אישורו בכנסת של "תיקון מספר 27 לחוק הכניסה לישראל". חוק זה מעמיד בסיכון את החופש האקדמי ומזיק למאות חברי האגודה החיים בישראל ומחוצה לה.

האגודה ללימודי ישראל, הרשומה בארצות הברית, היא אגודה אקדמית  בינלאומית המוקדשת ללימודי ישראל בתחומי הרוח והחברה. אנו חותרים למחקר חופשי ומושכל של כל היבטי החברה הישראלית, ומפיצים את ממצאינו במאות מוסדות ברחבי העולם. דעותינו על אודות ההיסטוריה, הפוליטיקה והתרבות של ישראל מגוונות, אך כולנו תומכים בהחלפה חופשית של רעיונות בהתאם למסורת של החופש האקדמי המקובלת בחברות נאורות ודמוקרטיות.

אנו מחויבים למאבק באפלייתם לרעה של אנשי אקדמיה ומוסדות ישראליים בידי תומכי תנועת ה-BDS, ורבים מאתנו ניצבים בחזית מאבק זה. החוק הנוכחי פוגע ביכולתנו להמשיך בפעילות זו.

אין כל ספק כי לחוק תהיה השפעה שלילית על סטודנטים השואפים לרכוש השכלה בישראל, על עמיתים העוסקים במחקר אודותיה ועל משתתפי הכנסים השנתיים של האגודה ללימודי ישראל. החוק ייצור מצב אבסורדי, שבו האגודה ללימודי ישראל לא תוכל עוד לקיים את מפגשיה בישראל.

אסור להציב מחסומים כלשהם בפני רעיונות. כוחות ביטחון ואמצעי הגנה הם חיוניים לצורך הרתעה מפני התקפות של ממש; אבל המחשבה, שתחקורם של אקדמאים בשערי המדינה יתרום לביטחונה, היא אשליה חסרת יסוד. לרעיונות, טובים ורעים, אין גבולות, וניתן להפיץ אותם  ללא הגבלה באמצעות כלי התקשורת המודרניים והמדיה החברתית.

לחוק ישנן גם השלכות אישיות. כפי שכתב אחד מחברינו: "אני מתנגד מושבע של ה-BDS, אבל חתמתי על עצומה הקוראת להחרמת מוצרים מההתנחלויות בגדה המערבית. האם אני, שחייתי בישראל במשך 12 שנה, כיהנתי כיושב ראש מחלקה באוניברסיטה ישראלית, שירתי בצבא, והגנתי על ישראל בפורומים ציבוריים רבים, אורשה להיכנס למדינה בפעם הבאה שארצה לבקר את בתי?" בדומה לכך, אנשים שאינם ישראלים לא יוכלו עוד להשתתף באירועים משפחתיים, בשל דעותיהם. 

עמיתינו האמריקאים והציבור האמריקאי ככלל מסכימים כי פעילות ציבורית למען חרם - תהיה התנגדותנו לתנועת ה-BDS עזה ככל שתהיה – היא מימוש של עיקרון חופש הביטוי, וענישה או איום בענישה בגין פעילות כזו היא הפרה של זכויות יסוד. 

אסור לישראל להפוך לישות מבודדת הפתוחה רק למי שדוגל במדיניותה הרשמית. ישראל כבר התמודדה בעבר עם חרמות כלכליים ותרבותיים והצליחה לפתח כלכלה מתקדמת ותרבות תוססת, תוך שמירה על מרחב ציבורי דינמי, המאפשר שיח ציבורי ער. בידוד, כמו זה שהמדינה כופה על עצמה עכשיו, יוכל רק לחבל בתנאי יסוד זה לקיומו של שיח דמוקרטי.

חוק זה אינו פוגע רק באקדמאים. אף יותר מכך, הוא מסכן את חיוניותה של ההוויה הישראלית. הוא יגביר את בידודה של ישראל ביעילות רבה יותר מכל הישג אליו הצליחה תנועת ה-BDS  להגיע עד היום.

 


AIS AND THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION STATEMENT 


Dear AIS Members,

We have been asked by the American Historical Association, with whom we are affiliated, whether we would like to join them and other affiliates in the statement found attached that supports the remission of the recent directive against the entry of citizens from seven Muslim Middle Eastern countries.  The statement is similar to those issued by other academic as well as civil organizations. I received only enthusiastic endorsement from AIS Board members for joining in the statement of the American Historical Association. This is the link to the statement and of a list of academic associations affiliated with the AHA that have also joined just in the last day.The list represents many tens of thousands of academics. Note that the AJS and various departments across the country are organizing their own statements.

This spontaneous movement of protest is spreading rapidly across the United States.  As such, and as an American-based academic organization founded in the states and legally based there although with a significant foreign membership, we have joined with fellow associations in this movement.

See: http://blog.historians.org/2017/01/aha-condemns-executive-order-restricting-entry-united-states/

 

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