New Books

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

(Summer 2022)

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: (Iyunim website).

It will be available also in bookstores, academic libraries, the online bookstore ‘Kotar’ ( and at the official distributor ‘Sifrut Achshav’

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