By: Alan Dowty

(Cambridge: Polity, 2021, Hardback [9781509536894]; Paperback [9781509536900]; eBook [9781509536917], 224 pages)

How did a community of a few thousand Jewish refugees become, in little over a century, a modern nation-state and homeland of half the world's Jews?  Has modern Israel fulfilled the Zionist vision of becoming "a nation like other nations," or is it still, in Biblical terns, "a people that dwells alone"?

Alan Dowty distils over half a century of study as an inside/outside analyst of Israel in tracing this remarkable story.  It begins in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, when Jews fleeing Russian persecution established a renewed Jewish presence in their historic homeland.  It continues through harsh struggle and in deep-rooted conflict with another people that sees Israel/Palestine equally as their homeland.  Immensely successful by most standards, Israel today remains a center of contention and is still torn between its hard-earned role as a "normal" nation and the call of its particularistic, and unique, Jewish history.



Edited by: Rachel S. Harris and Dan Chyutin

(Indiana University Press, 2021, Paperback [9780253056399], Hardcover [9780253056382], Ebook [9780253056429], 442 pages)

Film came to the territory that eventually became Israel not long after the medium was born. Casting a Giant Shadow is a collection of articles that embraces the notion of transnationalism to consider the limits of what is "Israeli" within Israeli cinema.

As the State of Israel developed, so did its film industries. Moving beyond the early films of the Yishuv, which focused on the creation of national identity, the industry and its transnational ties became more important as filmmakers and film stars migrated out and foreign films, filmmakers, and actors came to Israel to take advantage of high-quality production values and talent. This volume, edited by Rachel Harris and Dan Chyutin, uses the idea of transnationalism to challenge the concept of a singular definition of Israeli cinema.

Casting a Giant Shadow offers a new understanding of how cinema has operated artistically and structurally in terms of funding, distribution, and reception. The result is a thorough investigation of the complex structure of the transnational and its impact on national specificity when considered on the global stage.


Published! Volume 35 (June 2021)

Iyunim: Multidisciplinary Studies in Israel and Modern Jewish Society (Hebrew)

Editor: Avi Bareli | Assistant Editor: Orna Miller  | Editorial Board: Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Amir Goldstein, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, 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.




Omri Shefer Raviv, Employment of Palestinians from the Occupied Territories in the Israeli Economy, 1967-1969 | Yael Yishai, Marginal Groups in Israel: Seen but Not All Heard | Simcha Gweta-Bukobza, The Mediating Leadership of Rabbi Azizi Di'i in Hatzor, 1951-1965


David Guedj, The Image of Immigrants from Islamic Countries in the Stories of Eliezer Smoli | Smadar Shiffman, Ethnicity and literature in the work of Orly Castel=Bloom


Kfir Gold, Institutionalization of the High School Diploma in Eretz Israel, 1928–1935 | Anat Kidron, From the Green Line to the Green Golan: Ideological Education as a Political Tool


Gideon Katz, The Fear from Judaism in Israeli Culture | Arnon Palty, Ari Katorza, Localism and Exoticism in the Music of Shalom Hanoch, 1968-1976 | Yeruham Aviad Goldman, Shulchan Aruch for Children by AZAR (A.Z. Rabinowitz)


The issue is available online: (Iyunim website).

It will soon be available also in bookstores, academic libraries, the online bookstore 'Kotar' ( ) and at the official distributor 'Sifrut Achshav' ( );; 03-9229175  |  |  08-6596940 



By: Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor

Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2021, 286 pages (in Hebrew) 

This book is an updated Hebrew version of Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine, published in 2016 by Brandeis UP. Focusing on Oriental Jews and their relations with their Arab neighbors in Mandatory Palestine, this book analyzes the meaning of the hybrid Arab-Jewish identity that existed among Oriental Jews, and discusses their unique role as political, social, and cultural mediators between Jews and Arabs. Integrating Mandatory Palestine and its inhabitants into the contemporary Semitic-Levantine surroundings, this book illuminates broad areas of cooperation and coexistence, which coincided with conflict and friction, between Oriental and Sephardi Jews and their Arab neighbors.



By: Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler

(Edinburgh University Press, 2020, ISBN: [Hardback] 9781474457491, ISBN: [Ebook (ePub)] 9781474457521, ISBN [Ebook (PDF)] 9781474457514], 264 pages)

An architectural history of four prominent buildings in Jerusalem.

This book examines a fascinating and critical epoch in the architectural history of Jerusalem. It proposes a fresh and analytical discussion of British Mandate-era architecture by studying four buildings that have had a lasting impact on Jerusalem’s built environment. Applying relational history methodology, the book reveals how these building projects evolved as an outcome of cross-cultural influences and relations among the British, American, Jewish-Zionist and Muslim-Palestinian communities. Further, the building and design processes behind these structures give new perspectives on the adaptation of modern architecture in the Middle East and the negotiation of historicism and vernacular architecture during the first half of the 20th century.


By: Johannes Becke 

(SUNY Press, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8223-1, 302 pages)

Uses an innovative theoretical framework to comparatively explore the dynamics of state expansion and contraction in Syria (1976-2005), Morocco (since 1975), and Israel (since 1967).

Based on three case studies from the Middle East, The Land beyond the Border advances an innovative theoretical framework for the study of state expansions and state contractions. Johannes Becke argues that state expansion can be theorized according to four basic ideal types—a form of patronage (patronization), the imposition of a satellite regime (satellization), the establishment of territorial exclaves (exclavization), or a full-fledged takeover (incorporation). Becke discusses how both irredentist ideologies and political realities have shaped the dynamics of state expansion and state contraction in the recent history of each state. By studying Israel comparatively with other Middle Eastern regimes, this book forms part of an emerging research agenda seeking to bring the research fields of Israel Studies and Middle East Studies closer together. Instead of treating Israel’s rule over the occupied territories as an isolated case, Becke offers students the chance to understand Israel’s settlement project within the broader framework of postcolonial state formation.



By: Gal Ariely

(Cambridge University Press 2021, Hardcover ISBN: 9781108845250; 210 pages)

Israel attracts enormous attention among scholars, journalists, politicians, pundits, and the general public alike. Some regard the country as an apartheid regime that can only be democratized through boycotts and sanctions. Others believe it is a stable liberal democracy, flourishing despite extreme conditions. This book seeks to untangle these conflicting interpretations by discussing how the Israeli regime can be classified, what its borders are, and what the key factors are that shape the regime and support its relative stability. The book argues that the Israeli case illustrates the analytical weakness of the concept of democracy in the context of disputed regimes and suggests that instead of classifying the regime as a whole, analysis should focus on the levels of specific dimensions of democraticness. It also argues that the classifications of Israel proper or Israel/Palestine are insufficient for defining the borders of the regime and proposes, instead, a spatial analysis that divides the Israeli regime into different zones of control at different time periods. The book demonstrates how the Arab-Israeli conflict shapes the regime, claiming that the relative stability of the regime and various changes in the levels of democraticness and zones of control can be explained by state capacity.



By: Naphtaly Shem-Tov

(NY: Routledge, 2021, ISBN 9781138542334, 202 pages)

This book conceptualizes Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) theatre, unfolding its performances in the field of Israeli theatre with a critical gaze. It covers the conceptualization and typology, not along a chronological axis, but rather through seven theatrical forms. The author suggests a definition of Mizrahi theatre that has fluid boundaries and it can encompass various possibilities for self-representation onstage. Although Mizrahi theatre began to develop in the 1970s, the years since the turn of the millennium have seen an intense flowering of theatrical works by second- and third-generation artists dealing with issues of identity and narrative in a diverse array of forms. Mizrahi theatre is a cultural locus of self-representation, generally created by Mizrahi artists who deal with content, social experiences, cultural, religious, and traditional foundations, and artistic languages derived from the history and social reality of  Mizrahi Jews in both Israel and their Middle Eastern countries of origin. Critically surveying Mizrahi theatre in Israel, the book is a key resource for students and academics interested in theatre and performance studies, and Jewish and Israeli studies.



Foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

By: Dvora HaCohen

(Harvard University Press, 2021, ISBN 9780674988095 [Hardcover], 400 pages)

Henrietta Szold was one of the most important Jewish leaders in the 20th century. Her long life, from 1860 to 1945, spanned some of the most turbulent years in modern history, when great waves of immigration transformed the United States into a powerful nation, and two global conflicts played out on the world stage. These events, which shaped the lives of millions of people, are woven into the fabric of her own life story. 

Henrietta's life was divided into two distinct parts, before she founded Hadassah and after, so different from each other as to appear to belong to two separate people. What remained consistent, however, was her lifelong commitment to the concept tikkun olam, repairing the world. Henrietta was born in Baltimore. As a young woman, she encountered many immigrants in the streets searching for work to support their families. Henrietta decided to establish an English-language night school in order to help them become integrated into the American society. Thousands of immigrants studied in the school she established, which was open to everyone, regardless of religion, gender or age. These same humanist and egalitarian values, provided her impetus to establish other projects. She was driven by a sense of mission, fighting against the exclusion and discrimination that she had experienced and witnessed during the first half of her life.

After an unrequited love that broke her heart, she suffered a deep crisis that ended when she concluded that her approach to life had been mistaken. Henrietta  experienced an internal upheaval and made a dramatic decision to change her priorities. In 1912, she established Hadassah, an organization of American Zionist Jewish Women. Hadassah would become a crucial part of her struggle for women’s empowerment and equality.

As an ardent Zionist Szold decided to help the Jewish inhabitants of Palestine who lived in abject poverty, plagued by endemic disease and a high of mortality. With the help of Hadassah, Henrietta established an infrastructure for medical health in Palestine with hospitals and clinics throughout the country. She also helped reform education and develop the social work profession in pre-state Israel.  In one of her greatest achievements, she headed the Youth Aliyah enterprise in Palestine, saving thousands of orphaned children from the clutches of the Nazis. Henrietta became an admired leader in the United States and Palestine.



By: Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky

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

The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, devastated Palestinian lives and shattered Palestinian society, culture, and economy. It also nipped in the bud a nascent grassroots, binational alliance between Arab and Jewish citrus growers. This significant and unprecedented partnership was virtually erased from the collective memory of both Israelis and Palestinians when the Nakba decimated villages and populations in a matter of months.

In The Lost Orchard, Kabha and Karlinsky tell the story of the Palestinian citrus industry from its inception until 1950, tracing the shifting relationship between Palestinian Arabs and Zionist Jews. Using rich archival and primary sources, as well as on a variety of theoretical approaches, Kabha and Karlinsky portray the industry’s social fabric and stratification, detail its economic history, and analyze the conditions that enabled the formation of the unique binational organization that managed the country’s industry from late 1940 until April 1948.



By: Sigal Davidi

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

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

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



Edited by: Uri Dorchin, Gabriella Djerrahian

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

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

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

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



By: Emmanuel Navon

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

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

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

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

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



Second Edition

By: David Kretzmer and Yaël Ronen

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

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

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



By: Aviad Rubin

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

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



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

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

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



By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah 

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

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



By: Yael Halevi-Wise

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

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

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

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



By: Assaf Shelleg

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

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

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




Paradigm Shifts in European-Israeli Relations

Call for Papers

Workshop 7th- 8th November 2021 (Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies / Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg)

The Ben Gurion Chair for Israel and Middle East Studies at the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg) and the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS), in cooperation with the Chair for Eastern European History at Heidelberg University, invite papers from PhD students and early career researchers for a workshop which will take place on the 7th and 8th of November in Heidelberg (pending current health restrictions, the workshop might have to take place in a virtual format). The workshop will allow young researchers to discuss their research projects with experts in the field and to connect with fellow young researchers working at the intersection of Israel Studies and European Studies.

The complicated relations between Israel and Europe date back to the earliest days of Zionism. On the one hand, European Jews sought a political alternative to discrimination and persecution in the European Diaspora; on the other hand, Zionism imagined the future Jewish State to be modern, Western and built on European role models. In the shadow of the Shoa, Israeli-European relations were slowly rebuilt. Previously, the nature of European-Israeli relations was closely connected to the debate over Israel’s self-understanding, either as a “villa in the jungle” or as an integral part of the Middle East. However, in recent years, two crucial processes indicate a paradigmatic shift in European-Israeli relations. First, Eastern European states have begun to deepen their bilateral ties with Israel, often independently from the European Union. Second, Israel is increasingly seeking to build new alliances within the region, for instance in the framework of the “Abraham Accords”. In addition, Israeli Jews with historical and cultural ties to the Middle East and North Africa (Mizrahim) are showing a growing self-confidence and an emerging willingness to understand themselves as part of the region.

Building on these developments and others, the workshop offers a platform for research on paradigmatic shifts in European-Israeli relations. We are interested in both crucial events (like the Six-Day War) and slow-moving change (like the emergence of new middle classes of Middle Eastern Jewish origin in Israel). As an interdisciplinary workshop, papers from History, Political Science, or related fields (for example, Cultural Studies or Migration Studies) may be submitted.



Sunday 7th: Afternoon welcome, keynote address, workshop dinner

Monday 8th: 9 am – 5 pm: Presentations and discussions  

Pending financial grants, travel costs and accommodation may be provided.

The deadline for abstracts and a short biography is July 25th. Please send your materials and any workshop-related questions to Dr. Jenny Hestermann (



Call for Papers: Rethinking violence in Israeli history, politics, and society

The Journal of Israeli History calls for submissions of articles to a special issue on the subject of violence.

In the study of Israel, the word “violence” typically refers to military or paramilitary action in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict. It may conjure up images of assaults by ‘hilltop youth’ or armed Palestinian fighters, IDF soldiers at checkpoints, the fatal effects of a suicide bombing or artillery fire.

While this issue will include creative research into violence in that category, it particularly welcomes new ideas in research into the many other kinds of violence prevalent in society, including physical, political, criminal, domestic, pedagogical, sexual, economic, emotional, and psychological violence, as well as self-harm, verbal, and symbolic violence, on the levels of individuals, state, or society. We are also interested in aspects of Israel society where violence might be less commonplace, including geographical areas, social spheres, intellectual discourses, or historical periods, when violence was, or has become, less frequent. By presenting research into diverse forms of violence side by side, we intend this issue to highlight the subtle connections between them.

We welcome submissions from the fields of history, sociology, political science, economics, gender studies, literature and the arts, cultural studies, anthropology, law, criminology, and religious studies. We particularly encourage articles that open up new avenues of thought, those which employ relatively underutilized historiographical methods (such as quantitative approaches) and those which, in addition to their specific contributions, address larger thematic questions: how do specific cultural repertoires and socio-political discourses affect the nature of violence in a society, or the resistance to it? How have manifestations of violence changed over time? How might research comparing Israel to other places deepen our understanding? How are manifestations of violence determined by categories such as geographical area, class, ethnicity, gender, or geopolitical developments? We are particularly interested in articles that problematize these categories, or suggest new explanatory mechanisms or new theories about violence beyond them.   

Please send 150-200 word abstracts to by July 1, 2021. The abstracts will be reviewed by the editors and the editorial board and a select number of authors will be invited to submit full articles by November 1, 2021.  


Call for Proposals: Trends of Consensus and Polarization in Israel

Political consensus has been defined as general agreement among political elites on the direction of public policy (Jones, True & Baumgartner, 1997).  The possibility of achieving political consensus in liberal democracies is based on the Rawlsian concept of overlapping consensus developed in Political Liberalism (1993), in which he explains how supporters of different comprehensive normative doctrines can agree on particular principles of justice, morality, and political ideology that underwrite a political community's basic social institutions. The possibility of overlapping consensus depends on the existence of a significant core of commitments common to the 'reasonable' fragment of each of the main comprehensive doctrines in the community. According to Rawls, the presumed imperatives of "public reason" enable compromise among various community pretentions through which all parties agree on permissible forms of competition (Rawls, 1993).

Lijphart (1968) proposed the consociational model as an explanation for the ability of a society, characterized by deep social and political rifts, to maintain its stability and unity. In this model, decisions are made in a process of dialogue and negotiation between political elites representing the various groups in society. In such a framework, representatives of the majority demonstrate willingness to exercise self-restraint and consideration for minority groups on issues of particular importance to them. As a result, agreement is reached retroactively, and the decision-making reflects striking the balance between the different interests and approaches.

The impact of tensions stemming from ideological and social cleavages on social cohesion is determined, to a large extent, by the conflict-regulating ability of the political system. This ability, in turn, is influenced by the extent of the burden which the political system must bear. An overload is generated when groups’ demands and collective targets exceed the means of realizing them. One of the possible factors that generates such overload is involvement in a continuous external conflict (Horowitz and Lissak, 1990).  

Israeli political culture, which developed before and during the first thirty years of the State of Israel, is an outcome of a combination between a consociational tradition, a centralistic-Mamlakhtit approach and corporatistic arrangements (Horowitz and Lissak, 1990).  This period was, to a large extent, dominated by a consensus power structure based on the Socialist Zionist elite facilitation of consociationalist power sharing with religious Zionists.

In addition, the concept of statism or republicanism (mamlakhtiut), coupled with the melting pot approach, both led by Ben-Gurion, have facilitated an essential common denominator upon which profound ideological disputes have been debated. Kedar (2002) argues that Israeli statism has specific cultural features including the acceptance of state sovereignty and formal state-machinery but also "state consciousness", that is, society’s ability to construct a civilized sovereign polity based on respect for democracy, law, and civic values, in spite of social cleavages between left and right, religious and secular, veteran inhabitants and new immigrants. This consciousness has contributed, to a great extent, to social cohesion despite ideological, ethnic, and economic cleavages in society (Barel and Kedar, 2011). Similarly, from a cultural-discourse perspective, this period was dominated by solidarity-building "dugri" culture, "straight talk" aimed towards building the concept of the "New Jew" – based on ideal conceptualizations of egalitarian socialism, the pioneering/agriculturalist spirit, and the mobilized fighter (Katriel, 1986).

However, the fragmentation and disintegration of Israeli political culture from the 1980s onward has resulted in an erosion of Israeli statism (Barel and Kedar, 2011), as the political culture of partnership and accommodation weakened due to religious, social, economic, geographical and ethnic social cleavages, which became more closely linked with the ideological cleavage regarding the future of the territories (Shamir and Arian, 1999; Hazan, 2000). In addition, Israel transitioned from a homogenous collective society to a more individualistic, neo-liberal and multi-cultural society, further contributing to fragmentation (Meydani and Mizrahi, 2006; Copp, 2000).

From a discourse perspective, critical-rational public discourse required for consensus-building on the central issues has transitioned to a public debate culture based on hostile speech, termed kasah (Katriel, 2004) and hitlahamut—a highly aggressive and confrontational style of political expression (Dori-Hacohen, 2019). Interestingly, the most polarizing issue of the last 40 years, in particular the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appears today less divisive than internal issues, such as the character of Israel's democracy and religion-state issues.

On the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has accelerated both cohesion and polarization in Israel, the current edited volume, under the auspices of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at Ashkelon Academic College and the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, invites contributions dealing with various trends of consensus and polarization in a range of fields, including: international diplomacy, social and ethnic relations, recent history, majority-minority relations, education, social psychology, economics, communications and discourse, and issues of religion and state. The aim of this volume is both academic and practical: to examine various trends of consensus and fragmentation in Israeli society, to propose strategies for consensus-building despite cross-cutting divisions on issues crucial to Israel's future. Through this initiative, the sponsoring institutions hope to make a significant research contribution to these issues which are essential to the future of the State of Israel. 

Proposals of approximately 500 words should be submitted by 1 July, 2021 to the following address: Questions about the project should be addressed to the editors:

Elie Friedman ( is Head of the Communication Division at the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies and a visiting lecturer at University of Maryland. His interests include political discourse in national and international contexts with an emphasis on conflict resolution, media, and public diplomacy.

Michal Neubauer-Shani ( is a is a lecturer at the Division of Multidisciplinary Studies  and at the Department of Politics and Governance, Ashkelon Academic College. Her research focuses on public policy with an emphasis on relations between religion and the state.

Paul Scham ( is Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland.  He teaches courses on the history of Israel and of the Israel-Palestine conflict and is particularly interested in the narratives of the conflict and in the history and transformations of the Israeli religious right.

Proposals will be accepted or rejected by 1 August.  Finished papers should be approximately 8,000 words long, including references, and will be due by 31 December, 2021.  A style guide will be provided by the time papers are accepted.


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Copp, Y (ed.) (2000) Pluralism in Israel: From melting pot to salad bowl [Hebrew]. Jerusalem: The centre for policy research in Israel.

Dori-Hacohen G (2019) ‘Hitlahamut’: A term for Unreasonable Populist Public Talk in Israel. Discourse & Society 30(2): 135–153.

Hazan R (2000) Religion and Politics in Israel: The Rise and Fall of the Consociational Model. In (Eds.) Hazan, R. and Maor, M. Parties, Elections and Cleavages: Israel in Comparative Theoretical Perspectives. London, UK: Frank Cass Publishers.

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Kedar N (2002) Ben-Gurion’s Mamlakhtiyut: Etymological and Theoretical Roots. Israel Studies 7(2): 117-133.

Jones BD, True JL and Baumgartner FR (1997) Does Incrementalism Stem from Political Consensus or Institutional Gridlock? American Journal of Political Science 41(4): 1319-1339.

Katriel T (1986). Talking Straight: Dugri Speech in Israeli Sabra Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Katriel T (2004) Dialogic Moments: From Soul Talks to Talk Radio in Israeli Culture. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Lijphart A (1968) The Politics of Accommodation: Pluralism and Democracy in the Netherlands. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Meydani A and Mizrahi S (2006) Public Policy between society and law: The Supreme Court, political participation and policy making [Hebrew].Jerusalem: Carmel.

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Shamir M and Arian A (1999) Collective Identity and Electoral Competition in Israel. American Political Science Review 93: 265-77. 



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

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

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

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

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

For further information on the journal and back issues visit  


The Helen Diller Institute Calls for Visiting Faculty and Scholars Applications for 2022-2023

The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites applications for the Visiting Faculty and Scholars Program from a wide range of disciplines relating to Israel Studies. Visiting Faculty and Scholars are an integral part of the Helen Diller Institute every year, and are actively engaged with Institute programs, faculty and students.

The Helen Diller Institute houses two core programs: the Program on Israel Studies and the Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity. The Helen Diller Institute supports multidisciplinary courses, programs, and scholarship in Israel and Jewish Studies and serves as a hub for student, faculty, and community engagement. The Helen Diller Institute serves both Berkeley Law and the UC Berkeley campus, bridging the two through academic programs and collaborations. Learn more about the Helen Diller Institute here.

Visiting Faculty
The deadline to apply as a visiting faculty is September 30, 2021. We are looking for faculty who teach at

a high level of English. While visiting Berkeley, visiting faculty teach courses in a range of departments.

Application Requirements
1. Letter of Interest
2. Full Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching proposal, including course descriptions and sample syllabi

Visiting Scholars

Applications for the visiting scholars program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of April 1, 2022. The Institute will consider applications for a semester or for the full academic year.

Application Requirements
1. Letter of Interest, specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Institute 2. Full Curriculum Vitae
3. Research Statement
4. Source of funding while visiting Berkeley

Please submit your application by email or send any questions to

The Helen Diller Institute is committed to building an inclusive community and strongly encourages applications for the program from diverse and underrepresented communities.


Assistant Director for Research, Crown Center for Middle East Studies

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Research. This is a full-time position and will begin on August 1, 2021. The Assistant Director for Research will be a core member of the Crown Center’s senior staff and will work under the supervision of the Director for Research to set and implement the center’s research agenda and manage its publications, primarily the Middle East Briefs and Crown Conversations.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

Managing Editor of Crown Publications: The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful and timely management of the Crown Center’s publications, which consists of a minimum of 8 Middle East Briefs and 4 Crown Conversations per year. Responsibilities include selection and solicitation of authors, working with authors to shape and hone their arguments, content editing, and acting as liaison with the production team, primarily the Program Coordinator and Copy Editor, in consultation with the Director for Research.
A member of the search committees for the Junior Research Fellowship and Faculty Leave Fellowship, and graduate and undergraduate travel/research award.
Mentoring and coordinating with Crown Center fellows including, but not limited to, the fellows’ participation in the annual scholars workshop, annual board retreat, and crafting and shaping their Middle East Briefs and Crown Conversations.
Assistance to the Director for Research in the shaping and implementing the center’s research agenda, including 7-9 research seminars and workshops, conferences, 2 retreats, funding proposals, networking, and recruitment of fellows and researchers.
Conducting original research on the modern Middle East and maintaining an active scholarly profile (defined broadly).

  • A PhD in any field of modern Middle East Studies
  • At least 1-3 years of demonstrated academic & research experience in Middle East studies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent editing skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and in a timely manner.
  • Reading knowledge of Turkish, Arabic, or Persian is preferred.

Link to apply:

Applications will be considered starting on June 10, 2021, and the position will be open until it is filled.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew

Middlebury Language Schools, Middlebury College Campus, Middlebury, VT


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


Native or near-native fluency in Hebrew is required. 

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

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

Application Instructions

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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


U.S. Academic Placements/Exchange for Israeli Scholars

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

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

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

Find Out More.

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

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

Find Out More.


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

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

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

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

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

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

·      Regional climate change, conflict, and sustainability

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

·      Hydrology, irrigation, and desert agriculture

·      Eastern Mediterranean coastal ecologies and economies

·      Land management, biodiversity, and environmental justice

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

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

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

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

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

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


Council for Higher Education of Israel’s PhD Sandwich Scholarship Program

Call for Applications – 2021/2022 Academic Year 


The Council for Higher Education ascribes great importance to internationalization in higher education and specifically to the integration of international students in Israeli academic institutions. In line with this mission, the Council established a scholarship program for international PhD students to study in Israel for the duration of up to one year as part of their doctoral studies – a “PhD Sandwich Program.” Through the program, outstanding international PhD candidates will have the opportunity to further their doctoral research through a unique academic experience in Israel, while collaborating with leading scholars and scientists. The current call for applications is open for candidates who plan to arrive in Israel beginning in Fall 2021.

Program Outline

1.  The program is intended for PhD students completing a “Sandwich program” of up to one year at each of the eight universities that offer doctoral programs: Ben- Gurion University in the Negev, Bar Ilan University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science, Bar Ilan University, University of Haifa, and Ariel University.

2.  The university must publish a public call for applications for this program and conduct an internal selection process which will ensure the high academic quality of scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the university.

3.  The annual scholarship will be 80,000 NIS per year. If a scholarship recipient is in Israel for less than one year, the scholarship amount will be determined based on the actual time the scholarship recipient studied in Israel. Scholarships will not be awarded to doctoral students who spend less than three months at the host university.

4.  The scholarship criteria are as follows:

A. The student is enrolled in a doctoral degree program at an accredited institution of higher education overseas. The program will be open to students from all countries and in all academic disciplines.

B. The student has successfully completed their first year of doctoral studies.

C. The student is not a resident of Israel.

D. Students enrolled in joint programs between an Israeli university and a university abroad are not eligible to apply for the PhD Sandwich scholarship for their studies at the Israeli university.

E. Students who began their studies/research in Israel prior to the updated publication of this call for applications (May 3, 2021) are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

5.  The university must notify scholarship recipients by September 1st, 2021.


Israel Council for Higher Education: Doctoral Scholarships for 2021-2022

The Israel Council for Higher Education is offering doctoral students outside of Israel "Sandwich" Scholarships (2021-2022) to help fund short-term research and studies in Israel. The Center for the Study of the United States at Tel Aviv University (CSUS) is offering to host applicants pursuing doctoral projects related to the United States who are interested in applying for these competitive scholarships.    

In order to advance internationalization and the integration of international students at TAU, we are inviting doctoral students pursuing research during the 2021-2022 academic year (Oct. 2021-June 2022) to CSUS. Whether you are conducting field research and interviews or archival work, oral history and data analysis at an Israeli library or archive, this funding opportunity gives you the chance to engage in serious research connected to the United States while in Israel.  

The annual scholarship can reach up to 80,000 NIS per year – pending on the length of the research period. Scholarship periods range between three to twelve months. If a scholarship recipient is in Israel for less than one year, the final amount will be determined based on the actual time the recipient studied or conducted research in Israel. Scholarships will not be awarded to doctoral students who spend less than three months at the host university.

Criteria and Qualifications:

1. The student must already be enrolled in a doctoral degree program at an accredited institution of higher education outside Israel. The program will be open to students from all countries and in all academic disciplines, among them the social sciences, humanities and law. However, to apply to this specific scholarship through CSUS you must be engaged in doctoral research connected, directly or comparatively, to the United States (those pursuing other fields of study not American-related should contact the relevant departments or faculty at TAU to check their eligibility). 

2. The student has successfully completed their first year (at least) of doctoral studies.

3. The student is not a resident of Israel.

4. Students enrolled in joint programs between an Israeli university and a university abroad are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

5. Students who began their studies or research in Israel prior to the updated publication of this call for applications (May 3, 2021) are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

6. Prospective applicants must locate the appropriate faculty member at TAU to oversee their research during their stay in Israel (you are welcome to contact our staff for consultation and assistance with this: 


* This scholarship is awarded by the Israel Council for Higher Education and administered by CSUS and TAU which also oversee the application process.


Applicants must submit:

·      Doctoral dissertation proposal that also explains how your scholarship period in Israel will contribute to your overall research project (3 pages max.)

·      Graduate transcripts (if you have only completed your first year of doctoral studies, then send a transcript of that).

·      Two letters of recommendation.

·      CV (2 pages max.)


Please send all the materials to:

Deadline for submission: July 26, 2021




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



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

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

Visiting Researcher:

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

Post-doctoral fellowships:

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

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

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Annual Docu.Text Documentary Film Festival Going Online

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

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