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.
Published: Iyunim 37
Multidisciplinary Studies in Israel and Modern Jewish Society (Hebrew)
Editors: Avi Bareli, Ofer Shiff | Assistant Editor: Orna Miller | Editorial Board: Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Kimmy Caplan, Amir Goldstein, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Nissim Leon, Svetlana Natkovich, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ofer Shiff.
Iyunim is a multidisciplinary research journal which holds two series: the semi-annual series and the thematic series and contains articles in various fields that specialize in modern world Jewish society and Israeli society and state. The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines from all fields of humanities and social sciences.
Contents: Tal Elmaliach Danny Gutwein Ben-Gurion’s Attack on Mapam, 1953: Ideology as Politics * Itzhak Pass The Canaanites Following the Assassination Attempt on Minister of Transport David-Zvi Pinkas in 1952 * Chen-Tzion Nayot The Etzel Propaganda Trials during the ‘Revolt’, 1944-1948 * Itzhak Greenberg The General Staff’s Discussions on the Issue of Borders after the Six Day War * Giora Goodman Film Censorship in Israel and the Cold War, 1948-1967 * Roy Horovitz Lea Koenig and Miriam Zohar: Theater Actresses as Memory Agents * Tomer Mazarib Bedouin Settlement in Arab Towns and Villages in the Galilee, 1918-1948 * Shaul Marmari National and Transnational Trade: Israel and the Jewish-Yemeni Diaspora at the Red Sea * Asaf Yedidya Shaul Pinchas Rabinovich (Schepher) and the Pantheon of Heroes of Hibbat Zion * Asaf Shamis A. D. Gordon’s Green Zionism
The issue is available online: http://www.bgu.ac.il/iyunim (Iyunim website).
It will be available also in bookstores, academic libraries, the online bookstore 'Kotar' (https://kotar.cet.ac.il) and at the official distributor 'Sifrut Achshav'
COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE: THEORY AND LESSONS FROM ISRAEL
By: Neta Sher-Hadar, Lihi Lahat, and Itzhak Galnoor
(Palgrave Macmillan 2021, eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-45807-2, Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-45809-6, Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-45806-5, 298 pages)
This book is the first to explore collaborative governance arrangements in Israel. It offers a new, modular definition of collaborative governance, focusing on its contributions toward public values and democracy. The book discusses different kinds of collaborations, their scope, implications and impact on governability in Israel, a country which provides an interesting setting for learning about collaborative governance, given its heterogenous population and the nature of the relationship between the state’s civil service, the business sector and the civil society. The book presents examples derived from local and central government levels, and from policy areas such as education, regulation and local government.
WORDS LIKE DAGGERS: THE POLITICAL POETRY OF THE NEGEV BEDOUIN
By: Kobi Peled
(Brill, 2022, ISBN: 978-90-0450181-2, 315 pages)
The book explores the political poetry recited by the Negev Bedouin from the late Ottoman period to the late twentieth century. By closely reading fifty poems Peled sheds light on the poets’ sentiments and worldviews. To get to the bottom of the issues that inspired their poetry, he weaves an interpretive web informed by the study of language, culture and history. The poems reveal that the poets were perfectly aware of the workings of the power systems that took control of their lives and lifestyle. Their poetry indicates that they did not remain silent but practiced their art in the face of their hardships, observing the collapse of their world with a mixture of despair and inspiration, bitterness and wit.
WOMEN, SECULARISM AND BELIEF: A SOCIOLOGY OF BELIEF IN THE JEWISH-ISRAELI SECULAR LANDSCAPE
By: Hagar Lahav
(Van Leer Institute Press and Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2021, Hebrew)
Women, Secularism and Belief is an original and groundbreaking book that traces the supposed “anomaly” of secular Jewish Israeli women who believe in god by combining the knowledge areas of sociology, Jewish and Christian theology, religion studies, and feminist thought. The book points out the relatively large extent of the secular-believer phenomenon (according to a rough estimate, secular-believers constitute about one-quarter of the Jewish population in Israel), identifies new feminist voices of secular-believer women, and brings their stories to the fore. It demonstrates convincingly that secular belief is not a social anomaly. Instead, it is a component of identity that is quite common in Israel but has not been studied until now because of the uncritical clinging to the customary epistemic assumptions, primarily the assumption that religion and secularism, or belief and secularism, are contrary categories.
FROM RUSSIA TO ISRAEL – AND BACK? CONTEMPORARY TRANSNATIONAL RUSSIAN ISRAELI DIASPORA
By: Vladimir Ze’ev Khanin
(De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2022, Ebook ISBN: 9783110668643, Hardcover ISBN: 9783110665161, 327 pages)
Of about a million Jews that arrived to Israel from the (former) USSR after 1989 some 12% left the country by the end of 2017. It is estimated that about a half of them left "back" for the FSU, and the rest for the USA, Canada and the Western Europe. The book provides a comprehensive analysis of this specific Jewish Israeli Diaspora group through cutting-edge approaches in the social sciences, and examines the settlement patterns of Israeli Russian-speaking emigrants, their identity, social demographic profile, reasons of emigration, their economic achievements, identification, and status vis-à-vis host Jewish and non-Jewish environment, vision of Israel, migration interests and behavior, as well as their social and community networks, elites and institutions. Vladimir Ze’ev Khanin makes a significant contribution to migration theory, academic understanding of transnational Diasporas, and sheds a new light on the identity and structure of contemporary Israeli society. The book is based on the unique statistics from Israeli and other Government sources and sociological information obtained from the author’s first of this kind on-going study of Israeli Russian-speaking emigrant communities in different regions of the world.
THE ISRAELI ECONOMY: A STORY OF SUCCESS AND COSTS
By: Joseph Zeira
(Princeton University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780691199450, 408 pages)
In 1922, there were ninety thousand Jews in Palestine, a small country in a poor and volatile region. Today, Israel has a population of nine million and is one of the richest countries in the world. The Israeli Economy tells the story of this remarkable transformation, shedding critical new light on Israel’s rapid economic growth.
Joseph Zeira takes readers from those early days to today, describing how Israel’s economic development occurred amid intense fighting with the Palestinians and neighboring Arab countries. He reveals how the new state’s astonishing growth continued into the early 1970s, and traces this growth to public investment in education and to large foreign transfers. Zeira analyzes the costs of the Arab-Israeli conflict, demonstrating how economic output could be vastly greater with a comprehensive peace. He discusses how Israel went through intensive neoliberal economic policies in recent decades, and shows how these policies not only failed to enhance economic performance, but led to significant social inequality.
Based on more than two decades of groundbreaking research, The Israeli Economy is an in-depth survey of a modern economy that has experienced rapid growth, wars, immigration waves, and other significant shocks. It thus offers important lessons for nations around the world.
HEBRAIZING SHERLOCK HOLMES: A LITERARY AND IDEOLOGICAL AFFAIR FROM THE BRITISH MANDATE PERIOD
By: Reuven Gafni
(Yad Ben-Zvi Press, 2022, ISBN: 978-965-217-449-9, 231 Pages, Hebrew)
Hebraizing Sherlock Holmes is the story of the first translations of Arthur Conan-Doyle’s detective stories into Hebrew, and of the cultural and ideological import of the famous detective’s character to Eretz-Israel, during the British Mandate period. This unique story is presented alongside the ideological background of the creation of the first translations; The surprising controversy that often accompanied their appearance; and the various ways in which Holmes` character was used in an ideological or political context, within the local Jewish community. The literary, cultural and ideological saga unfolded in the book, traces the main characters who were involved in it, including translators, editors, journalists, critics, playwrights and publishers. It is also a lens, through which some of the fundamental issues that the Jewish cultural world debated in those years are presented: What would be the best way to create a national Hebrew literature? What should be included in it or left outside? What is the status of translated Hebrew literature? Moreover is there a difference, in this context, between children’s literature and adult literature? The tracing of how translations of these original English stories were created, distributed and received, also reveals the complex attitude of the local Jewish community to English literature and culture in general, at a time when relations between the Jews and the British authorities were becoming tense and complex.
ATTRITION, ARMY AND CIVILIANS ON THE NORTHEAST FRONT, 1967-1970
By: Eran Eldar
(Bar-Ilan University Press, 2022, ISBN: 978-965-226-609-5, 458 Pages, Hebrew)
The new circumstances following the Six Day War required the IDF to change from being an offensive army to one that carried out security and defense missions. While the Arab countries licked their wounds, the Palestinian terror organizations began guerilla and terror operations against Israel, primarily from the Jordanian, Syrian, and Lebanese borders, with the aim of exhausting the IDF and, especially, the Israeli home front. The IDF had to undertake operations that were different from those it had been used to, and the Israeli security system, headed by Moshe Dayan as defense minister, seemed to have difficulty in adapting to this type of military confrontation (as manifested, for example, in the IDF’s operation in the Fatah camp in Karameh). From 1967 to 1970, Israeli towns and villages in the Jordan Valley and the Beit She’an Valley suffered shelling and infiltration of terrorists from Jordanian territory. These localities were not prepared for the attacks from the east and complained that the country’s leadership and the IDF had left them on their own to face the Palestinian and Jordanian fire.
In this book Eran Eldar describes and analyzes the years of the War of Attrition on Israel’s northeastern front: on the one hand, the entrenchment of the Palestinian terror organizations in Jordan and Lebanon, their military and propaganda activity, and their complex relations with King Hussein of Jordan and the Lebanese government, and on the other hand, the daily coping of the inhabitants of the Jordan Valley and the Beit She’an Valley, who felt they had been abandoned.
ZEVULUN HAMMER – A POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY
By: Aharon Kampinski
(Bar-Ilan University Press, 2021, ISBN: 978-965-226-514-2, 278 pages, in Hebrew)
The late Zevulun Hammer (1936-1998) was one of the prominent leaders of the National Religious Party (NRP) in Israel, and this book traces his political path. From 1969 he served as a Member of Knesset, and later served as Minister of Welfare, Minister of Religions, Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister. Hammer successfully navigated political waters, from being active in the NRP's youth movement in the early 1960s to the leadership positions he reached at a relatively young age. Hammer led one of the most dramatic upheavals in a political party in Israel as the leader of the youth faction, and ultimately succeeded in unseating the party elders.
Zevulun Hammer's story is not just the story of the man, it is the story of a generation: the leadership generation of the national-religious movement that rebelled against the generation above it, but found itself - after two decades - at the same leadership point as before it. A generation that sought to change world orders, but was ultimately forced to make do with preserving the interests of religious Zionism, in a reality of political power struggles threatening to erode them. A generation that tried to carry the flag of the Greater Land of Israel, but moderated its views when political reality allowed for a political breakthrough. A generation that sought to strengthen Torah religious perceptions, but later turned out to be even more liberal than its ancestors. A generation that sought to strive for general leadership, but was eventually forced to settle for a sectoral party.
Now available in Hebrew:
Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality
By: Ian Lustick
Resling Press has just published a Hebrew translation Paradigm Lost with a new preface, along with a 25% discount code (copy and paste: P3TJSP26).
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מפתרון שתי המדינות למציאות המדינה האחת
מאת: איאן לוסטיק
ספרו המעולה של איאן לוסטיק, הפרדיגמה האבודה, מעלה את הטענה שכיום כל משא ומתן להשגת פתרון שתי מדינות בין הים התיכון לנהר הירדן נידון לכישלון ומזיק. היהודים הישראלים והערבים הפלסטינים יוכלו ליהנות מהדמוקרטיה שהם ראויים לה רק בעוד כמה עשורים של מאבק אל מול ההשלכות מרחיקות הלכת, אף אם במקורן לא היו מכוונות, של מציאות המדינה האחת הנוכחית.
בזכות מחקר מדוקדק והמשגה רעננה הספר עונה על הקושי בשינוי דרכי חשיבה בעולם שמשתנה מהר יותר מההנחות הבסיסיות שמוצעות ביחס אליו.
NATIONALISM IN THE WALLET: MONEY, IDENTITY AND IDEOLOGY IN ISRAEL
By: Na'ama Sheffi and Anat First
(Magnes Press, 2022, ISBN: 978-965-7790-33-5, 214 pages, in Hebrew)
The book examines the ideological motivations behind the selection of representations for Israeli banknotes and coins. The research is based on the proceedings and correspondence of the Bank of Israel Banknotes and Coinage Planning Committee from its inception in 1955 to 2012. The study reveals the mechanisms in which the legal tender is exploited as an expression of banal nationalism, implementing national emblems in an unnoticed manner. Banal nationalism is one of three theoretical frameworks we adopted. The other two are the long history of the Jewish people in the territory which today is the State of Israel; and selective tradition as a means for designing a nation. The book comprises eight chapters: theoretical overview; analytical portrayal of the working methods of the Bank of Israel Banknotes and Coinage Planning Committee; a study of the first designed “Allegoric Figures Series” (1959); analysis of the selection of human figures; the construction of the state borders through an array of landscape images; the reflection of the shifting boundaries in the changing representations Jerusalem; the selection of archaeological emblems as a proof for national continuity; and the symbolic role of flora as identification with the land.
THE MAKING OF AN ALLIANCE: THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE US-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP
By: David Tal
(Cambridge University Press, 2022, Online ISBN: 9781108551472, 404 pages)
Laying the foundation for an understanding of US-Israeli relations, this lively and accessible book provides critical background on the origins and development of the 'special' relations between Israel and the United States. Questioning the usual neo-realist approach to understanding this relationship, David Tal instead suggests that the relations between the two nations were constructed on idealism, political culture, and strategic ties. Based on a diverse range of primary sources collected in archives in both Israel and the United States, The Making of an Alliance discusses the development of relations built through constant contact between people and ideas, showing how presidents and Prime Ministers, state officials, and ordinary people from both countries, impacted one another. It was this constancy of religion, values, and history, serving the bedrock of the relations between the two countries and peoples, over which the ephemeral was negotiated.
JEWS, MUSLIMS AND JERUSALEM: DISPUTES AND DIALOGUES
By: Moshe Ma’oz
Sussex Academic Press, Brighton & Chicago, 2021, ISBN 978-1-78976-081-1 [hardback], 270 pages)
Jews, Muslims and Jerusalem: Disputes and Dialogues examines Muslim–Jewish relations during significant periods of history in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. A deep concern in the Muslim Arab world concerns the status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank since 1967, and its control of East Jerusalem, has reinforced anti-Jewish (Judeophobia) and anti-Israel movements. The most prominent are the Hamas, the “Liberation” Party (tahrir), the Islamic Jihad, Hizbullah, the Islamic rulers in Iran, and recently Turkey. Conversely, amongst Jews in Israel and the Diaspora (and amongst many Christians) the last decades have witnessed a rise in extreme Islamophobia in reaction to Arab terrorist attacks, and out of a religious-cultural prejudice against Muslims. Spearheading these trends are members of the Jewish underground, Gush Emunim, Loyalists of the Temple Mount, Holy Temple organizations, and members of the religious Zionist and political movements, the Bayit Yehudi Party and Likud Party.
It is noteworthy that there are numerous proactive movements for coexistence and peace amongst Jews and Muslims in Israel and throughout the world, and in that prevailing spirit dozens of ongoing religious and cultural dialogues are maintained. These interactions, and the political and economic engagement at state level, are distinguished by ambivalence given not only the historical record but through contemporary zealotary by hardliners. The US, the UN and the EU have tried to mediate, but to no avail. President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” has abandoned Washington’s neutrality. PM Netanyahu promotes Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. This book is the most comprehensive, integrated and updated study on these formidable issues. Given the increasingly volatile language by hardline players the Middle East is at a point of critical historical change: Is it to be a political settlement via dialogue or a downward spiral to a dispute that in an age of offensive weaponry available to all parties can only have dire consequences.
UPHEAVALS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC COMMUNITIES (in Hebrew)
By: Moshe Ma'Oz
(Magnes Press, 2021, ISBN: 978-965-7776-27-8 [Paperback], 281 pages)
During the last decades there have occurred significant upheavals in the political and military position of many religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East and North Africa. Communities which had been rejected and discriminated for decades rose to power or strengthened their political position in their countries by means of military struggles.Meanwhile, in Israel/Palestine, the ethnical-religious Jewish minority has become a ruling majority, while excluding the former Arab-Muslim-Sunni majority, following the wars of 1948 and 1976.
This book examines these processes.
Instructor/Lecturer/Teaching Assistant Professor, Program in Jewish Culture & Society
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for an Instructor/Lecturer/Teaching Assistant Professor position to teach 1st and 2nd year courses in Hebrew, develop the Hebrew curriculum (in consultation with program faculty), design/administer placement and proficiency tests, promote the program and Hebrew classes, train/supervise any Teaching Assistants or instructors teaching any sections of 1st or 2nd year Hebrew, and support the instructional needs of the Hebrew program.
Candidates must have a Master’s degree (Instructor) or a Ph.D. (Lecturer or Teaching Assistant Professor) in Hebrew, Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Middle Eastern Studies, or a related field.
Preference will be given to candidates who have advanced graduate work in Hebrew and/or a closely related field, have a record of effective language teaching at the college level, or have a demonstrated record of teaching and curricular/program development in a non-college setting.
Preference will be given to candidates who show evidence of teaching effectiveness as well as the ability to design an effective, proficiency-based two-year language sequence and to train/supervise instructors with little or no previous teaching experience. The successful candidate should be able to offer proficiency-based language instruction and demonstrate professional level proficiency in Hebrew and English.
Candidates who have a Ph.D. completed by time of appointment, have a minimum of 1 year experience in university undergraduate teaching, show excellent promise of establishing a research program that complements their teaching role and would like research expectations to be part of their position will be considered for the Teaching Assistant Professor position. Candidates for the Teaching Professorial level must have demonstrated experience to make an instructional and curricular impact both within the department and beyond, either through scholarly publications, invited talks, or other related activities involving their discipline, pedagogy, and student interactions.
This is a 100% full-time non-tenure track position, appointed on a 9-month basis. The expected start date is Aug 16, 2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Application Procedures and Deadline Information
Applications must be received by November 7, 2022. To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to diversity. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered.
Candidates that wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistant Professor position are asked to submit the following in addition to the 3 items above:
Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations)
For further information about this specific position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.
The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.
The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.
Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing email@example.com.
Requisition ID: 1012139
Job Category: Faculty
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu
The Harvey L. Temkin and Barbara Myers Temkin Professor in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature
The George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for the Harvey L. Temkin and Barbara Myers Temkin Professorship in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature. This position carries responsibilities for teaching and research, with a focus on the literature of the Yishuv and the state of Israel, as well as departmental service. Appointment will be as a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the Center for Jewish Studies with the possibility of an affiliation with a relevant department. The position begins Aug. 21, 2023.
Applicants must hold a doctorate in Hebrew literature or similar or anticipate its completion by the start of the appointment. Native or near-native fluency in Hebrew and English is required, as well as proficiency in at least one other language. The successful candidate must be capable of teaching an advanced course in Hebrew. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of excellence and creativity in research and teaching. The successful applicant will be fully conversant with inter-disciplinary scholarship in Jewish studies and be able to situate the study of modern Hebrew literature, with a concentration on the literature of the Yishuv and the state of Israel, within broad, comparative contexts.
Applications must be submitted online at this link: jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/515049/temkin-professor-in-modern-hebrew-language-literature.
The deadline for assuring full consideration is November 8, 2022.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2023/24 UCLA Israel Studies Postdoc Fellowship Applications
Applications for the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies' 2023–2024 Postdoctoral Fellowship are open. This fellowship aims to support the work of exceptional scholars at an early stage of their careers whose presence at UCLA would strengthen the study of modern Israel. We would greatly appreciate it if you could share this message with potential applicants!
– Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. degree from an accredited university
conferred by the start of the fellowship.
– Citizens from any country are eligible for this fellowship.
– Academics who are permanently employed in full-time, tenure-track
positions are not eligible to apply.
Applications are due by December 5th, 2022.
Apply Here: https://bit.ly/UCLAIsraelPostdocApp
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
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2023–24 KATZ CENTER FELLOWSHIP
Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship Opportunity for 2023-2024 Academic Year
Application Deadline: October 24, 2022
During the 2023–2024 fellowship year, the Katz Center will focus on the study of sound, music, and aurality in Jewish life—past and present. The year has two interrelated goals: 1) to promote new research into the study of the various musical cultures that have developed in Jewish contexts; 2) to encourage explorations of the role of sound in Jewish life and culture.
The first goal is an effort to build on recent advances in the study of Jewish music and musical culture from a proliferation of new sources, resources, and approaches. The second goal acknowledges the emergence of sound studies as a vital area of inquiry, an interdisciplinary field that encompasses sound- and listening-related practices, the orality of oral traditions, the aural dimensions of Jewish literature, deaf culture, the history and impact of sound-related technologies, the study of Jewish soundscapes, and the linguistic study of Jewish accents, among other potential topics.
The Center invites applications from scholars and scholar-artists pursuing research on related topics who are willing to participate and contribute as part of a cross-disciplinary cohort. The Center welcomes proposals from a variety of fields including musicology and ethnomusicology, the history of Jewish music or sound, literature and folklore studies, the study of technology or architecture, linguistics, the study of liturgy, relevant social sciences, and other fields as they relate to Jewish studies. Though the Center cannot offer rehearsal or performance space, we are open to proposals from applicants seeking to combine scholarship with creative and/or performance-related work.
Katz Center fellows are provided with the time and resources needed to pursue their individual projects (including an office, computer, and library privileges at the University of Pennsylvania), and are also expected to actively engage in the intellectual life of the fellowship community. All applicants must hold a doctoral degree or expect to receive it by the start date of the fellowship. Fellows are expected to live in Philadelphia for the term of their fellowship.
For information about the Katz Center's fellowship program, including a full description of the year's theme, eligibility, and requirements, please visit us online.
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
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.
Please join us for the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies' Fall 2022 webinars and in-person events!
Analyzing Israel's Election Results
Wednesday, November 9th, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Pacific Time
Public opinion expert Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin and Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Professor Dov Waxman, will analyze Israel's election and discuss what the results may mean for the future of the Knesset and the State of Israel. This special webinar is part of the UCLA International Institute's 2022 International Education Week.
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Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the U.N. Vote to Partition Palestine
Tuesday, November 29th, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, Pacific Time
The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and the Center for Israel Studies at American University are partnering to host an online panel discussion with a younger generation of historians to reflect on the passage of UN resolution 181 in November 1947 calling for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states.
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We Are Not One: A History of America's Fight Over Israel
Thursday, December 8, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM, Pacific Time
The third event in a three-part lecture series on the relationship between the United States and Israel. In this webinar, Professor Eric Alterman will discuss how our consensus on Israel and Palestine emerged and why, today, it is fracturing.
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The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People
Live Event Recording
On October 27th, the UCLA Nazarian Center hosted its third Harry C. Sigman Distinguished Lecture in Israel Studies. The engaging lecture was presented by Bard College Professor and Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead, who discussed the American–Israeli relationship, how it affects contemporary politics, and how it will influence the future of American life.
Click Here to View the Recording.
WEBINAR: Israeli Elections 2022 with David Horovitz
Israeli Elections 2022: Decision at Last, Again?
Join us in conversation with David Horovitz, founding editor of The Times of Israel. The Israel Innovation Project presents this post-elections webinar to discuss the results of Israel’s unprecedented fifth election in four years.
What are the causes behind the right-wing significant electoral achievements and the failure of the centrist-left bloc to overturn the political map? How homogeneous is the right-wing camp? Will the results lead to the formation of a stable coalition? How will the Netanyahu-led government address security concerns and domestic challenges? How will the results affect US-Israel relations and Israel-U.S. Jewry relations?
Professor Elie Rekhess, Northwestern, will interview David Horovitz on these crucial topics and others. Please register below to attend.
Date: November, November 21
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 noon CST
UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center Fall Quarter Events
Thursday, December 8, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM, PT
The third event in a three-part lecture series on the relationship between the United States and Israel. In this webinar, Professor Eric Alterman will discuss how our consensus on Israel and Palestine emerged and why, today, it is fracturing.
RSVP & Learn More Here.
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,
Jagiellonian University in Kraków Oleandry st. 2a 30-063, Krakow, Poland
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.