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8 Judaica Israel

Adelman, Jonathan
The Rise of Israel: A History of a Revolutionary State
Routledge, 2008, pap, 269 pp, € 37.50, 9780415775106
Aronson, S.
David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Renaissance
Cambridge UP, 1999/2011, geb, 454 pp, € 42.50, 9780521197489
Avnon, D. & Y. Benziman (eds.)
Plurality and Citizenship in Israel. Moving Beyond the Jewish/Palestinian Civil Divide
Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics, Routledge, 2009, geb, 288 pp, € 100.00, 9780415557764
Azaryahu, M.
Tel Aviv: Mytography of a City
Syracuse UP, 2007, geb, 314 pp, € 34.00, 9780815631293
Badran, A.
Zionist Israel and Apartheid South Africa. Civil Society and Peace Building in Ethnic-National States
Routledge, 2009, geb, 224 pp, € 97.50, 9780415489812
Baron, I.Z
Justifying the Obligation to God. War, Ethics, and Political Obligation with Illustrations from Zionism
Lexington Books, 2009, geb, 270 pp, € 67.00, 9780739129739
Ben-Porat, Guy
Between State and Synagogue: The Secularization of Contemporary Israel
A thriving, yet small, liberal component in Israeli society has frequently taken issue with the constraints imposed by religious orthodoxy, largely with limited success. However, Guy Ben-Porat suggests, in recent years, in part because of demographic changes and in part because of the influence of an increasingly consumer-oriented society, dramatic changes have occurred in secularization of significant parts of public and private lives. Even though these fissures often have more to do with lifestyle choices and economics than with political or religious ideology, the demands and choices of a secular public and a burgeoning religious presence in the government are becoming ever more difficult to reconcile. The evidence, which the author has accrued from numerous interviews and a detailed survey, is nowhere more telling than in areas that demand religious sanction such as marriage, burial, the sale of pork, and the operation of businesses on the Sabbath.
Cambridge Middle East Studies 42, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pap, 258 pp, € 24.75, 9780521176996
Blois, M. de
Israel een staat ter discussie?
Groen, 2010, pap, 132pp, € 12.50, 9789058299703
Bos, D.
Dansen in een dode stad. Ervaringen met Israel
A. Donker, 2007, pap, 224 pp, € 17.50, 9789061006169
Bregman, Ahron
Israels Wars. A History Since 1947. Third Edition
Routledge, 2009, pap, 337 pp, € 26.95, 9780415424387
Burg, A.
De Holocaust is voorbij. Afrekenen met Hitlers erfenis
Ambo, 2010, pap, 306 pp, € 22.95, 9789026322570
Catherine, L.
De Israellobby
Epo, 2011, geb, 195 pp, € 16.50, 9789064457951
Chetrit, S. S.
Intra-Jewish Ethnic Conflict in Israel. White Jews, Black Jews
Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics, Routledge, 2009, geb, 288 pp, € 98.50, 9780415778640
Chowers, E.
The Political Philosophy of Zionism. Trading Jewish Words for a Hebraic Land
Zionism emerged at the end of the nineteenth century in response to a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe and to the crisis of modern Jewish identity. This novel, national revolution aimed to unite a scattered community, defined mainly by shared texts and literary tradition, into a vibrant political entity destined for the Holy Land. However, Zionism was about much more than a national political ideology and practice.

By tracing its origins in the context of a European history of ideas and by considering the writings of key Jewish and Hebrew writers and thinkers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the book offers an entirely new philosophical perspective on Zionism as a unique movement based on intellectual boldness and belief in human action. In counter-distinction to the studies of history and ideology that dominate the field, this book also offers a new way of reflecting upon contemporary Israeli politics.

Cambridge UP, 2012, geb, 274 pp, € 84.50, 9781107005945
Clark, M.
Albion & Jerusalem. The Anglo-Jewish Community in the Post-Emacipation Era 1858-1887
by order
Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 308 pp, € 82.25, 9780199562343
Cohen, A.
The Worst-Kept Secret. Israel's Bargain with the Bomb
Israel has made a unique contribution to the nuclear age. It has created a special "bargain" with the bomb. Israel is the only nuclear-armed state that does not acknowledge its possession of the bomb, even though its existence is a common knowledge throughout the world. It only says that it will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East. The bomb is Israel's collective ineffable - the nation's last great taboo. This bargain has a name: in Hebrew, it is called amimut, or opacity. By adhering to the bargain, which was born in a secret deal between Richard Nixon and Golda Meir, Israel has created a code of nuclear conduct that encompasses both governmental policy and societal behavior. The bargain has deemphasized the salience of nuclear weapons, yet it is incompatible with the norms and values of a liberal democracy. It relies on secrecy, violates the public right to know, and undermines the norm of public accountability and oversight, among other offenses. It is also incompatible with emerging international nuclear norms. Author of the critically acclaimed Israel and the Bomb, Avner Cohen offers a bold and original study of this politically explosive subject. Along with a fair appraisal of the bargain's strategic merits, Cohen critiques its undemocratic flaws. Arguing that the bargain has become increasingly anachronistic, he calls for a reform in line with domestic democratic values as well as current international nuclear norms. Most ironic, he believes Iran is imitating Israeli amimut. Cohen concludes with fresh perspectives on Iran, Israel, and the effort toward global disarmament.
Columbia UP, 2012, pap, 370 pp, € 24.50, 9780231136990
Cohn-Sherbok, Dan
Introduction to Zionism and Israel. From Ideology to History
This is an exploration of the origins and development of Zionism, illustrating the theory and history of the Zionist movement and the creation of the state of Israel. In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in Middle Eastern affairs. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is a constant theme on television and in newspapers. Yet there is considerable misunderstanding about the origins and ideology of the Zionist movement. This volume seeks to address these issues by providing a concise but comprehensive guide to the origins and development of Zionism from its inception in the nineteenth century until the creation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948. Dan Cohn-Sherbok explores how, in the early stages of Zionism, a number of Jewish thinkers including religious Zionists, spiritual Zionists and secular Zionists formulated various theories about the need for a Jewish homeland. Illustrating the history of the Zionist movement up to the creation of Israel in 1948, the author also provides an extensive explanation of the various forms of anti-Zionism which emerged in the early history of the Zionist movement. B3141
Continuum, 2011, pap, 250 pp, € 25.95, 9781441160621
Debrauwere-Miller, N. (ed.)
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World
Routledge Studies in Cultural History, Routledge, 2009, geb, 256 pp, € 86.50, 9780415995870
Debray, Regis
Brief aan een Israelische vriend
Na een maandenlange zwerftocht door het Heilige Land in 2008 in opdracht van de Franse president doet filosoof en journalist Regis Debray aan de hoogste instanties verslag van zijn onthutsende bevindingen. Hij kreeg te horen: ja, je hebt gelijk maar dat kunnen wij niet openbaar maken. De opstandigheid tegen deze zelfcensuur was de directe aanleiding tot het schrijven van dit boek.

In briefvorm richt Debray zich tot zijn vriend de Israelische historicus Elie Barnavi, met vragen en kritiek aangaande het Israelisch-Palestijnse conflict. Wij zijn in Europa de grote geldschieters van de Israelische politiek in de bezette gebieden maar, zegt hij, we zijn te soft om wat dan ook te eisen van een staat die met een blanco cheque van de internationale gemeenschap regeert en alle resoluties van de VN aan haar laars lapt. Toch is dit absoluut geen boek 'tegen' Israel, integendeel, het is een oproep tot dialoog, tot debat. Debray confronteert zijn vriend met ijzersterke en historisch onderbouwde argumenten, doorspekt met aan cynisme grenzende humor. Het is een boek dat vragen stelt, dat oproept tot gerechtigheid.

Regis Debray (1940) is een Franse filosoof met een indrukwekkende carriere op het gebied van wetenschap, journalistiek en politiek. Hij komt uit een gezin dat in het verzet zat tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog en heeft deze geest van verzet en revolutie levend gehouden in zijn leven en werk.

Van Gennep, 2013, pap, 208 pp, € 14.95, 9789461641502
Ellis, Marc H.
Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes. The Search for Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century
In this book, Ellis offers a vision of Judaism that testifies to an ethical life in our era, based on the principles of justice and community upon which the Jewish faith was founded. Only by addressing the way in which those original principles are being squandered by a miltarized state of Israel and a complicit Jewish establishment in America, he argues, can there be hope for peace in the future. Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes is a deeply personal, philosophical account of contemporary Jewish identity. Looking beyond the legacy of the Holocaust and beyond the portrayal of Jews as either victims or persecutors, Ellis forges a new vision of what it means to be Jewish today.
Pluto Press, 2002, pap, 198 pp, € 26.00, 9780745319568
Etzioni-Halevy, E.
The Divided People. Can Israels Breakup Be Stopped?
The Divided People describes a fracturing Israel, a deeply divided state whose political system is buckling and whose society is rapidly polarizing into religious and secular camps. Written by a social scientist and drawing upon social science research, the work documents the emergence of separate social networks, residential areas, symbols, and identities-and even a split in the Hebrew language itself. Yet rather than argue for a return to the commonality of the past, Eva Etzioni-Halevy champions Israel's painful transition toward a truly multicultural society prepared to embrace diversity and democracy. This provocative new book carries a supremely important message for a postmodern Israel taking its first painful steps toward pluralism, liberalism, and tolerance, and a wider lesson for western nations grappling with the problems of a devolutionary age.
Lexington Books, 2002, pap, 184 pp, € 24.00, 9780739103258
Feldestein, A.L.
Ben-Gurion, Zionism and America Jewry, 1948-1963
by order
Israeli History, Politics and Society Series, Routledge, 2006, geb, 215 pp, € 107.00, 0415372402 / 9780415372404
Fischbach, M.R.
Jewish Property Claims Against Arab Countries
Columbia UP, 2008, geb, 355 pp, € 31.00, 9780231135382
Gans, C.
A Just Zionism. On the Morality of the Jewish State
The legitimacy of the Zionist project--establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine--has been questioned since its inception. In recent years, the voices challenging the legitimacy of the State of Israel have become even louder. Chaim Gans examines these doubts and presents an in-depth, evenhanded philosophical analysis of the justice of Zionism. Today, alongside a violent Middle East where many refuse to accept Israel's existence, there are two academically respectable arguments for the injustice of Zionism. One claim is that the very return of the Jews to Palestine was unjust. The second argument is that Zionism is an exclusivist ethnocultural nationalism out of step with current visions of multicultural nationhood. While many therefore claim that Zionism is in principle an unjust political philosophy, Gans seeks out a more nuanced ground to explain why Zionism, despite its manifest flaws, could in principle be just. Its flaws stem from the current situation, where exigencies have distorted its implementation, and from historical forces that have ended up favoring an extreme form of Jewish hegemony. For Gans, the justice of Zionism and of Israel are not black-and-white propositions. Rather, they are projects in need of repair, which can be achieved by reconceptualizing the Jews' relationship with the Palestinian population and by adhering to a significantly more limited version of Jewish hegemony. Ultimately, A Just Zionism offers a concrete, historically and geographically rooted investigation of the limits of contemporary nationalism in one of the world's most fraught cases.
Oxford UP, 2008/2011, pap, 166 pp, € 24.50, 9780199812066
Ghanem, A.
Ethnic Politics in Israel. The Margins and the Ashkenazi Centre
Tb. sRos
Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics, Routledge, 2009, geb, 224 pp, € 92.50, 9780415547352
Golan-Agnon, D.
Next Year in Jerusalem. Everyday Life in a Divided Land
The New Press, 2005, geb, 298 pp, € 21.50, 9781565849303
Goldhill, S.
Jerusalem. City of Longing
Belknap Press, 2009, 368 pp, € 19.95, 9780674034686
Goldhill, S.
Jerusalem. City of Longing
Belknap Harvard UP, 2008, geb, 356 pp, € 28.50, 9780674028661
Goodman, S.T.
Dateline. Israel. New Photography and Video Art
Jewish Museum/Yale UP, 2007, geb, 104 pp, € 33.95, 9780300111569
Grossman, David
Leven en schrijven in tijden van oorlog. Essays
David Grossman is een van de meest gelezen Israelische schrijvers. Niet alleen vanwege zijn magistrale romans, zoals Komt een paard de kroeg binnen en Een vrouw op de vlucht voor een bericht, of zijn cross-overromans als De stem van Tamar of Het zigzagkind, maar ook vanwege zijn politieke essays. Die worden vaak door de grote internationale kranten, van The Guardian tot de Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung en van La Repubblica tot De Standaard in opdracht gegeven en zijn - in het geval van Grossman - vaak de meest gelezen stukken van die krant.

Anders dan in vroegere politieke studies over Israel en Palestina onderzoekt David Grossman in Leven en schrijven in tijden van oorlog een aantal meer fundamentele vragen: Wat zijn - als gevolg van de inmiddels vijf generaties voortdurende spanningen en oorlogen - de zichtbare en onzichtbare veranderingen in verstand, hart en ziel van de vijandige buren? Hoe ver hebben de twee volkeren, door 'de situatie' het wantrouwen, dubbele agenda's en haat, zich van hun eigen idealen en ieder positief mensbeeld verwijderd? En vooral: waarom begrijpen, voelen en zien Israeli noch Palestijnen niet dat zij inmiddels gevangenen zitten in hun eigen waanbeelden, wantrouwen en haat, met de meest destructieve gevolgen voor hun eigen maatschappij? Dat zij beiden gebukt gaan onder dezelfde angsten, fobieen en nachtmerries?

Leven en schrijven in tijden van oorlog belicht (in de hogedrukpan van het conflict in het Midden-Oosten) een universeel thema: hoe snel wij in tijden van crisis of oorlog blind worden voor veranderingen in onszelf en anderen. En hoe moeilijk het is, bij gebrek aan fatsoen en openheid, iets in leven te houden, wat essentieel is voor de condition humaine : hoop en moed.

Cossee, 2016, pap, 202 pp, € 17.99, 9789059366756
Grossman, David
Writing in the dark. Essays on literature and politics
St Martins Press, 2009, geb, 131 pp, € 16.95, 9780312428600
Halkin, Hillel
Jabotinsky. A Life
Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940) was a man of huge paradoxes and contradictions and has been the most misunderstood of all Zionist politicians--a first-rate novelist, a celebrated Russian journalist, and the founder of the branch of Zionism now headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. This biography, the first in English in nearly two decades, undertakes to answer central questions about Jabotinsky as a writer, a political thinker, and a leader. Hillel Halkin sets aside the stereotypes to which Jabotinsky has been reduced by his would-be followers and detractors alike.

Halkin explains the importance of Odessa, Jabotinsky's native city, in molding his character and outlook; discusses his novels and short stories, showing the sometimes hidden connections between them and Jabotinsky's political thought, and studies a political career that ended in tragic failure. Halkin also addresses Jabotinsky's position, unique among the great figures of Zionist history, as both a territorial maximalist and a principled believer in democracy. The author inquires why Jabotinsky was often accused of fascist tendencies though he abhorred authoritarian and totalitarian politics, and investigates the many opposed aspects of his personality and conduct while asking whether or not they had an ultimate coherence. Few figures in twentieth-century Jewish life were quite so admired and loathed, and Halkin's splendid, subtle book explores him with empathy and lucidity.

Hillel Halkin is a writer, critic, and translator. He is the author of Across the Sabbath River and Yehuda Halevi, both of which won the National Jewish Book Award. His most recent book is Melisande! What Are Dreams? He lives in Israel.

Yale UP, 2014, geb, 256 pp, € 27.50, 9780300136623
Halperin-Kaddari, Ruth
Women in Israel. A State of Their Own
Van 70,- voor 33,50

When Israel declared its independence in 1948, it vowed to ensure equality for all citizens, regardless of religion, race, or gender. History shows, however, that this promise has been broken in the case of women, who generally live under circumstances significantly worse than those of men. Women in Israel is the first comprehensive overview of discrimination in a state dominated by a patriarchal religious order, and brings fresh insights to the efficacy of the law in improving the status of women. Providing a sociolegal perspective on women in Israel viewed, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari examines all aspects of Israeli women's lives, looking at legal issues such as affirmative action, motherhood and the workplace, and mechanisms for the advancement of women, as well as conditions of education, employment, health, family, and prostitution.

While tracing legislative evolution in Israel, Halperin-Kaddari discusses the extent to which law can create social change. Because of its unique position as an economically developed democracy and yet a state where government tries to maintain a special cultural tradition and religious identity in a heterogeneous society, Israel has failed to adopt a single national standard for women that would bring Israeli law into compliance with international human rights. Halperin-Kaddari concludes that the improvement in women's status has not been due to egalitarian consciousness, but rather is incidental to Israel's overall socioeconomic advancement

Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, Pennsylvavia UP, 2004, geb, 363 pp, € 33.50, 9780812237528
Helman, A.
Young Tel Aviv. A Tale of Two Cities
Brandeis UP, 2011, geb, € 59.95, 9781584658931
Inbari, M.
Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple on the Mount. Who Will Build the Third Temple?
SUNY Press, 2009, pap, 224 pp, € 21.50, 9781438426242
Inbari, Motti
Messianic Religious Zionism Confronts Israeli Territorial Compromises
The Six Day War in 1967 profoundly influenced how an increasing number of religious Zionists saw Israeli victory as the manifestation of God's desire to redeem God's people. Thousands of religious Israelis joined the Gush Emunim movement in 1974 to create settlements in territories occupied in the war. However, over time, the Israeli government decided to return territory to Palestinian or Arab control. This was perceived among religious Zionist circles as a violation of God's order. The peak of this process came with the Disengagement Plan in 2005, in which Israel demolished all the settlements in the Gaza Strip and four settlements in the West Bank. This process raised difficult theological questions among religious Zionists. This book explores the internal mechanism applied by a group of religious Zionist rabbis in response to their profound disillusionment with the state, reflected in an increase in religious radicalization due to the need to cope with the feelings of religious and messianic failure.
Cambridge UP, 2012, geb, 204 pp, € 70.50, 9781107009127
Jansen, Dr. Hans
Waarom mag Israel niet bestaan in het Midden-Oosten?
Dit boek is een herziene uitgave van het in 2006 uitgekomen boek Van jodenhaat naar zelfmoordterrorisme De auteur stelt dat het Midden-Oosten conflict het simpelst te verklaren probleem op de hele aarde is, maar tegelijkertijd het moeilijkst om op te lossen. 'Het gaat kort gezegd hierom. Israel wil graag bestaan en de rechten van de Palestijnen om een eigen staat te hebben, erkennen. De Palestijnen en veel andere moslims en Arabieren erkennen echter niet het bestaansrecht van de joodse staat Israel.'

Prof. Dr. Hans Jansen, auteur van het standaardwerk Christelijke theologie na Auschwitz. Theologische en kerkelijke wortels van het antisemitisme, was van 1990-2000 titularis van de James William Parkes Leerstoel voor de geschiedenis van christelijke literatuur over jodendom en joden van de faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte aan de Vrije Universiteit te Brussel. Sinds 2002 is hij verbonden aan het Simon Wiesenthal Instituut te Brussel. Hij heeft talrijke werken op zijn naam staan waaronder het essay Onderwijs van Palestijnse Autoriteit moedigt aan tot heilige oorlog tegen Israel (2004) en Protest van Erasmus tegen renaissance van Hebreeuwse literatuur (2006). In 2004 ontving hij de Israel-Prijs van de World Zionist Organization voor zijn hele oeuvre.

Royal Jongbloed, 2015, geb, 1015 pp, € 39.95, 9789088971099
Karpf, A. Klug, B. Rose, J. and Rosenbaum, B (eds)
A Time to Speak Out, Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity
Current Affairs and Politics, Verso, 2008, pap, 306 pp, € 15.90, 9781844672295
Karsh E. & R.Miller (eds)
Israel at Sixty. Rethinking the birth of the Jewish state
Routledge, 2009, geb, 288 pp, € 93.50, 9780415483179
Katz, G.
The Pale God. Israeli Secularism and Spinoza`s Philosophy of Culture
Israel: Society, Culture and History, Academic Studies Press, 2011, geb, 214 pp, € 64.50, 9781936235384
Kimmerling, B.
The Invention and Decline of Israeliness. State, Society and the Military
This thought-provoking book, the first of its kind in the English language, reexamines the fifty-year-old nation of Israel in terms of its origins as a haven for a persecuted people and its evolution into a multi-cultural society. Arguing that the mono-cultural regime built during the 1950s is over, Baruch Kimmerling suggests that the Israeli state has divided into seven major cultures. These seven groups, he contends, have been challenging one other for control over resource distribution and the identity of the polity. Kimmerling, one of the most prominent social scientists and political analysts of Israel today, relies on a large body of sociological work on the state, civil society, and ethnicity to present an overview of the construction and deconstruction of the secular-Zionist national identity. He shows how Israeliness is becoming a prefix for other identities as well as a legal and political concept of citizen rights granted by the state, though not necessarily equally to different segments of society.
California UP, 2005, pap, 268 pp, € 26.95, 9780520246720
Kletter, R.
Just Past? The Making of Israeli Archeology
Equinox, 2006, geb, 362 pp, € 57.50, 1845530853
Knoop, H.
Israel. Van lieveling tot paria
Journalist Hans Knoop houdt zich al bijna vijftig jaar intensief bezig met het wel en wee van de staat Israël. In het voorjaar van 1967 wordt de jonge reporter Hans Knoop, op eigen verzoek, de eerste Telegraaf-correspondent in Israël Vanuit standplaats Tel Aviv doet hij van uur tot uur verslag van de Zesdaagse Oorlog. In bijna een halve eeuw journalistiek werk heeft Knoop vrijwel alle actoren in het Israelisch-Arabische conflict in Israël persoonlijk leren kennen. Aanvankelijk behoort Knoop tot de haviken in het Israelisch-Arabisch conflict. Zo richt hij, samen met enkele vrienden, in het begin van de jaren zeventig een Nederlandse afdeling op van de partij van de toenmalige Israelische oppositieleider Menachem Begin. Vanaf het midden van de jaren tachtig begint echter de visie van Knoop te kantelen. Net als voormalige hardliners als b.v. Sharon, Livni en Olmert, geraakt hij tot de overtuiging dat alleen een tweestatenoplossing vrede en verzoening tussen Joden en Palestijnen kan brengen. In zijn nieuwe boek gaat Knoop uitvoerig in op het internationale isolement waarin de staat Israël in de loop der jaren terecht is gekomen. Hoewel hij afrekent met tal van Israël-bashers staat Knoop uitgebreid stil bij het feit dat Israël zelf verre van onschuldig is in haar steeds groter wordende isolement. Hans Knoop (1943) is sinds zijn jeugd actief betrokken bij de joodse gemeenschap en de staat Israël. Hij maakte wereldnieuws met zijn reportages over de oorlogsmisdadiger Pieter Menten. Hans Knoop werkt als freelance journalist, is een veelgevraagd spreker en schreef verschillende boeken.
Just Publishers, 2011, pap, 240 pp, € 19.95, 9789089751751
Kober, A.
Israels Wars of Attrition. Military Challenges to Democratic States
Routledge, 2009, geb, 224 pp, € 87.90, 9780415492430
Laor, Yitzhak
The Myths of Liberal Zionism
With a foreword by Jose Saramago
Verso Books, 2009, geb, 162 pp, € 22.50, 9781844673148
Laqueur, W.
The History of Zionism
The term "Zionism" was first coined at the end of the 19th century, but the idea long reflected the misery of Jewish existence in central and eastern Europe, and the longing for the ancient homeland. Updated, and with a new preface, Walter Laqueur's comprehensive history begins with a discussion of the background of Zionism since the French Revolution, covers the many decades of Zionist activities worldwide, and ends with the establishment of the state of Israel.
Tauris Parke paperbacks, 2003, pap, 640 pg, € 28.00, 9781860649325
Lebel, U.
Politics of Memory. Israeli Underground Confrontations Over Boundaries of State Pantheon
By Order
Routledge, 2009, geb, 224 pp, € 86.90, 9780415412391
Lehmann, D. & B. Siebzehner:
Remaking Israeli Judaism: The Challenge of Shas
Hurst, 2007, pap, 296 pp, € 32.50, 9781850658191
Leibowitz, Y.
Judaism, Human Values and the Jewish State
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Harvard UP, 1995, pap, 328 pp, € 35.50, 9780674487765
Lerman, Antony
The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey
Antony Lerman traces his five-decade personal and political journey from idealistic socialist Zionist to controversial critic of Zionism and Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. As head of an influential UK Jewish think tank, he operated at the highest levels of international Jewish political and intellectual life. He recalls his 1960s Zionist activism, two years spent on kibbutz and service in the IDF, followed by the gradual onset of doubts about Israel on returning to England. Assailed for his growing public criticism of Israeli policy and Zionism, he details his ostracism by the Jewish establishment. Through his insider's critique of Zionism, critical assessment of Jewish politics and analysis of the Israel-Palestine conflict Lerman presents a powerful, human rights-based argument about how a just peace can be achieved.
Pluto Press, 2012, geb, 228 pp, € 28.50, 9780745332765
Louer, L.
To be an Arab in Israel
C. Hurst &Co, 2006, geb, 238 pp, € 75.50, 9781850657989
Magall, M.
Jerusalem. Heilige Statten der Juden
Wilhelm Fink, 2010, pap, 174 pp, € 22.95, 9783770550395
Mayer, A.J.
Plowshares into Swords. From Zionism to Israel
Verso, 2008, geb, 432 pp, € 29.50, 9781844672356
Mayer, T. & S.A. Mourad (eds)
Jerusalem: Idea and Reality
By Order
Routledge, 2008, pap, 332 pp, € 33.75, 9780415421294
Merkley, P.C.
Christian Attitudes towards the State of Israel
MGQU, 2007, geb, 266 pp, € 24.50, 9780773532557
Midden, Piet J. van
Israel en de Palestijnse gebieden, Reisgids voor de bewuste bezoeker
herziene 3e druk

Er is geen regio ter wereld waar op zo weinig vierkante kilometers zo veel geschiedenis is geschreven als juiste deze. Het gebied trekt dan ook jaarlijks drommen toeristen en pelgrims. Maar zie je wat je ziet en ken je het verhaal achter de stenen? Zeggen al de namen die gidsen uit hun mond laten vallen je iets, of blijft het bij namen en ruines?

Israel en de Palestijnse gebieden is een reisgids voor onderweg en thuis. Een boek dat je op reis neemt door Israel en de Palestijnse gebieden. Een boek waarin historische en spirituele verbanden zichtbaar worden gemaakt, een boek dat je ter plaatse op ideeen brengt. Het bevat gerichte en verdiepende informatie voor de bewuste bezoeker van Israel, waarbij informatie over flora, fauna en voedsel niet ontbreekt.

Ook is het een makkelijk naslagwerk voor thuis, om snel iets te weten te komen over de bezienswaardigheden in deze fascinerende regio. Voor wie het gebied wil gaan bezoeken of voor wie thuis een bijbelverhaal wil plaatsen tegen zijn geografische achtergrond.

Het boek is toegankelijk geschreven. Hebreeuwse en Arabische woorden zijn vertaald. De registers, waaronder een index op aangehaalde bijbelteksten, en de vele illustraties in kleur maken deze reisgids extra toegankelijk.

Meinema, 2011, pap, 192 pp, € 19.90, 9789021142982
Moore, D.D. & S.I. Troen (eds)
Divergent Jewish Cultures. Israel & America
Yale UP, 2001, geb, 358 pp, € 27.50, 9780300084269
Morgenstern, A.
Hastening Redemption. Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel
Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 284 pp, € 45.00, 0195305787 / 9780195305784
Morris, B.
1948. The First Arab-Israeli War
Yale UP, 2009, pap, 524 pp, € 19.90, 9780300151121
Mort, J.-A. & G. Brenner
Our Hearts Invented a Place. Can Kibbutzim Survive in Todays Israel?
Cornell UP, 2003, geb, 209 pp, € 38.50, 9780801439308
Muller, A.
Hoe groot mag Israel worden? De spanning tussen de landbelofte en politieke realiteit
Midden-Oosten Reeks, Boekencentrum, 2009, pap, 116 pp, € 9.90, 9789023923428
Near, H.
The Kibbutz Movement: A History (Vol 1)
By Order
The Littmann Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007, pap, 433 pp, € 33.95, 9781874774389
Near, H.
The Kibbutz Movement: A History (Vol 2)
By Order
The Littmann Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007, pap, 418 pp, € 33.95, 9781874774396
Ne'eman, Yael
Wij waren de toekomst, collectieve opvoeding in de kibboets
verschijnt dec 2012

Wat begon als de droom van een man, groeide in de jaren zestig uit tot een sociaal experiment: de kiboets. Een nederzetting van nieuwe Joden die privebezit en hierarchie afschaften en cooperatie centraal stelden. Het meest opzienbarende en later meest bekritiseerde onderdeel van de kiboets was het kinderhuis, waarin de jongste bewoners werden ondergebracht om een gezamenlijke opvoeding te genieten, zonder de zorg van hun biologische ouders.

Yael Ne'eman was een van die kinderen. Op licht ironische wijze beschrijft ze hoe het was om daar op te groeien en hoe ze er nu, vijftig jaar later, op terugkijkt. Aangezien ook haar herinneringen deel uitmaken van het collectief, weet ze het sentiment van een hele generatie kiboetsniks te verwoorden.

Atlas Contact, 2013, pap, ca 208 pp, € 19.95, 9789025439217
Nitzan, T. and Back, R.T. (eds)
With an Iron Pen, Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry
SUNY Press, 2009, geb, 170 pp, € 37.90, 9781438426471
Nitzan, T. and Back, R.T. (eds)
With an Iron Pen, Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry
SUNY Press, 2009, pap, 170 pp, € 15.90, 9781438426488
Omer, Atalia
When Peace is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks About Religion, Nationalism, and Justice
The state of Israel is often spoken of as a haven for the Jewish people, a place rooted in the story of a nation dispersed, wandering the earth in search of its homeland. Born in adversity but purportedly nurtured by liberal ideals, Israel has never known peace, experiencing instead a state of constant war that has divided its population along the stark and seemingly unbreachable lines of dissent around the relationship between unrestricted citizenship and Jewish identity. By focusing on the perceptions and histories of Israel's most marginalized stakeholders - Palestinian Israelis; Arab Jews, and non-Israeli Jews - Atalia Omer cuts to the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict, demonstrating how these voices provide urgently needed resources for conflict analysis and peace building. Navigating a complex set of arguments about ethnicity, boundaries, and peace and offering a different approach to the renegotiation and reimagination of national identity and citizenship, Omer pushes the conversation beyond the bounds of the single narrative and toward a new and dynamic concept of justice - one that offers the prospect of building a lasting peace.
Chicago UP, 2013, pap, 368 pp, € 24.00, 9780226008103
Ophir, A., M. Givoni & S. Hanafi (eds.)
The Power of Inclusive Exclusion. Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Zone Books, 2009, geb, 650 pp, € 36.90, 9781890951924
Oz, Amos
Hoe genees je een fanaticus
Bezige Bij, 2006, pap, 59 pp, € 4.95, 9789023418900
Pedahzur, A. & A. Perliger
Jewish Terrorism in Israel
Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, world experts on the study of terror and security, propose a theory of violence that contextualizes not only recent acts of terror but also instances of terrorism that stretch back centuries. Beginning with ancient Palestine and its encounters with Jewish terrorism, the authors analyze the social, political, and cultural factors that sponsor extreme violence, proving religious terrorism is not the fault of one faith, but flourishes within any counterculture that adheres to a totalistic ideology. When a totalistic community perceives an external threat, the connectivity of the group and the rhetoric of its leaders bolster the collective mindset of members, who respond with violence. In ancient times, the Jewish sicarii of Judea carried out stealth assassinations against their Roman occupiers. In the mid-twentieth century, to facilitate their independence, Jewish groups committed acts of terror against British soldiers and the Arab population in Palestine. More recently, Yigal Amir, a member of a Jewish terrorist cell, assassinated Yitzhak Rabin to express his opposition to the Oslo Peace Accords. Conducting interviews with former Jewish terrorists, political and spiritual leaders, and law-enforcement officials, and culling information from rare documents and surveys of terrorist networks, Pedahzur and Perliger construct an extensive portrait of terrorist aggression, while also describing the conditions behind the modern rise of zealotry.
Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare, Columbia UP, 2009/2011, pap, 243 pp, € 23.95, 9780231154475
Pedahzur, Ami
The Triumph of Israel's Radical Right
Two decades ago, the idea that a "radical right" could capture and drive Israeli politics seemed highly improbable. While it was a boisterous faction and received heavy media coverage, it constituted a fringe element. Yet by 2009, Israel's radical right had not only entrenched itself in mainstream Israeli politics, it was dictating policy in a wide range of areas. The government has essentially caved to the settlers on the West Bank, and restrictions on non-Jews in Israel have increased in the past few years. Members of the radical right have assumed prominent positions in Israel's elite security forces. The possibility of a two state solution seems more remote than ever, and the emergence of ethnonationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman suggests that its power is increasing. Quite simply, if we want to understand the seemingly intractable situation in Israel today, we need a comprehensive account of the radical right. In The Triumph of Israel's Radical Right, acclaimed scholar Ami Pedahzur provides an invaluable and authoritative analysis of its ascendance to the heights of Israeli politics. After analyzing what, exactly, they believe in, he explains how mainstream Israeli policies like "the right of return" have served as unexpected foundations for their nativism and authoritarian tendencies. He then traces the right's steady rise, from the first intifada to the "Greater Israel" movement that is so prominent today. Throughout, he focuses on the radical right's institutional networks and how the movement has been able to expand its constituency. His closing chapter is grim yet realistic: he contends that a two state solution is no longer viable and that the vision of the radical rabbi Meir Kahane, who was a fringe figure while alive, has triumphed.
Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 277 pp, € 27.95, 9780199744701
Penslar, D
Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comperative Perspective
Routledge, 2006, pap, 288 pp, € 36.00, 041500376 / 9780415400374
Pinto, Diana
Israel Has Moved
Israel has changed. The country was born in Europe's shadow, haunted by the Holocaust and inspired by the Enlightenment. But for Israelis today, Europe is hardly relevant, and the country's ties to the broader West, even to America, are fraying. Where is Israel heading? How do citizens of an increasingly diverse nation see themselves globally and historically? In this revealing portrait of the new Israel, Diana Pinto presents a country simultaneously moving forward and backward, looking outward and turning in on itself. In business, Israel is forging new links with the giants of Asia, and its booming science and technology sectors are helping define the future for the entire world. But in politics and religion, Israelis are increasingly self-absorbed, building literal and metaphorical walls against hostile neighbors and turning to ancient religious precepts for guidance here and now. Pinto captures the new moods and mindsets, the anxieties and hopes of Israelis today in sharply drawn sketches of symbolically charged settings. She takes us on the roads to Jerusalem, to border control at Ben Gurion Airport, to a major Israeli conference in Jerusalem, to a hill overlooking the Dome of the Rock and Temple Mount, to the heart of Israel's high-tech economy, and to sparkling new malls and restaurants where people of different identities share nothing more than a desire to ignore one another. Vivid and passionate but underpinned by deep analysis, this is a profound and sometimes unsettling account of a country that is no longer where we might think.
Harvard University Press, 2013, geb, 215 pp, € 26.00, 9780674073425
Rabinowicz, T.
Hasidism in Israel. A History of the Hasidic Movement and Its Masters in the Holy Land
by order
Aronson, 2000, geb, 317 pp, € 45.20, 0765760681
Rabkin, Yakov M.
A Threat from Within. A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism
This history of Jewish opposition to Zionism challenges the myths that lie at the very root of contemporary or 'new' anti-Semitism. A principled, enduring opposition to Zionism has come from Judaism's spiritual leaders, and has not died away despite Israel's existence as an imposing military power. The violence in Israel/Palestine acquires a different meaning when seen in the context of internal opposition to Zionism. Dire warnings voiced at the birth of Zionism now sound prophetic. The anti-Zionists have claimed all along that far from 'solving the Jewish question' and offering Jews a safe haven, Zionism would only fan hatred of the Jews.
Fernwood Publishing / Zed Books, 2006, pap, 261 pp, € 27.00, 9781842776995
Rabkin, Yakow M.
In naam van de Thora.De geschiedenis van de antizionistische joden
Vrome joden hebben zich altijd fel verzet tegen het zionisme. Sinds Israel bestaat, groeide er echter een feitelijke coalitie tussen zionisten en vrome joden, al blijft een minderheid principieel tegen de seculiere staat gekant. Dit joodse antizionisme is een groot taboe in de media. Professor Yakow M. Rabkin (1945), historicus aan de Universiteit van Montreal, geeft een historisch overzicht van dit bijna vergeten orthodoxe verzet. Hij vindt het onaanvaardbaar dat de zionisten hun Palestijnen-beleid trachten te rechtvaardigen doornaar de Thora te verwijzen.
Houtekiet, 2007, pap, 335 pp, € 24.90, 9789052408958
Raider, M.A. (ed)
Nahum Goldmann, Statesman without a State
SUNY Press, 2009, geb, 368 pp, € 33.50, 9781438424996
Ricca, S.
Reinventing Jerusalem. Israel’s Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter after 1967
By Order
I B Tauris, 2007, geb, 258 pp, € 74.35, 9781845113872
Rogan, E.L. & A. Shlaim (eds)
The War for Palestine
Cambridge UP, 2008, pap, 285 pp, € 24.50, 9780521699341
Rose, John
The Myths of Zionism
This is a controversial book. It is a critical account of the historical, political and cultural roots of Zionism. John Rose shows how this powerful political force is based in mythology; ancient, medieval and modern. Many of these stories, as with other mythologies, have no basis in fact. However, because Zionism is a living political force, these myths have been used to justify very real and political ends -- namely, the expulsion and continuing persecution of the Palestinians. Chapter-by-chapter, John Rose scrutinises the roots of the myths of Zionism. Mobilising recent scholarship, he separates fact from fiction presenting a detailed analysis of their origins and development.

This includes a challenge to Zionism's biblical claims using very recent and very startling Israeli archaeological conclusions. He provides a detailed exploration of Judaism's links to the Middle East. He shows clearly that Zionism makes many false claims on Jewish religion and history. He questions its rationale as a response to European anti-Semitism, and shows that, if there is ever to be peace and reconciliation in the land of Palestine, this intellectual dishonesty must be addressed.

This is an impressive work of deconstruction with many crucial new insights. . . . [It is] written in an accessible way, despite the very complicated issues with which Rose deals: such as the cultural and ideological sources of the Zionist narrative. Illan Pappe, Professor of Middle East History, University of Haifa, Israel

Pluto Press, 2004, pap, 232 pp, € 22.50, 9780745320557
Rosenkranz, Z.
Einstein Before Israel. Zionist Icon or Iconoclast?
Albert Einstein was initially skeptical and even disdainful of the Zionist movement, yet he affiliated himself with this controversial political ideology and today is widely seen as an outspoken advocate for a modern Jewish homeland in Palestine. What enticed this renowned scientist and humanitarian, who repeatedly condemned nationalism of all forms, to radically change his views? Was he in fact a Zionist? "Einstein Before Israel" traces Einstein's involvement with Zionism from his initial contacts with the movement at the end of World War I to his emigration from Germany in 1933 in the wake of Hitler's rise to power. Drawing on a wealth of rare archival evidence - much of it never before published - this book offers the most nuanced picture yet of Einstein's complex and sometimes stormy relationship with Jewish nationalism. Ze'ev Rosenkranz sheds new light on Einstein's encounters with prominent Zionist leaders, and reveals exactly what Einstein did and didn't like about Zionist beliefs, objectives, and methods. He looks at the personal, cultural, and political factors that led Einstein to support certain goals of Jewish nationalism; his role in the birth of the Hebrew University; his impressions of the emerging Jewish settlements in Palestine; and, his reaction to mounting violence in the Arab-Jewish conflict. Rosenkranz explores a host of fascinating questions, such as whether Zionists sought to silence Einstein's criticism of their movement, whether Einstein was the real manipulator, and whether this Zionist icon was indeed a committed believer in Zionism or an iconoclast beholden to no one.
Princeton UP, 2011, geb, 344 pp, € 36.00, 9780691144122
Rotenstreich, N.
Zionism. Past en Present
SUNY, 2007, pap, 170 pp, € 22.50, 9780791471760
Rubin, B.
Israel. An Introduction
This comprehensive book provides a well-rounded introduction to Israel - a definitive account of the nation's past, its often controversial present, and much more. Edited by a leading historian of the Middle East, Israel is organized around six major themes: land and people, history, society, politics, economics, and culture.

The only available volume to offer such a complete account, this book is written for general readers and students who may have little background knowledge of this nation or its rich culture. The contributors to the book, all scholars with extensive firsthand knowledge of Israel, offer accessible, clearly explained material, enhanced with a generous selection of images, maps, charts, tables, graphs, and sidebars.

This book provides readers with a solid foundation of knowledge about Israel and provides useful reference lists by topic for those inspired to read further.

Yale UP, 2012, pap, 340 pp, € 28.50, 9780300162301
Salaita, S.
Israel`s Dead Soul
Temple UP, 2011, pap, 184 pp, € 23.95, 9781439906385
Sand, Shlomo
Die Erfindung des judischen Volkes. Israels Grundungsmythos auf dem Prufstand.
Gibt es ein judisches Volk? Nein, sagt der israelische Historiker Shlomo Sand und stellt damit den Grundungsmythos Israels radikal in Frage. Vertreibung durch die Romer? Exodus? Ruckkehr nach 2000 Jahren ins Land der Vater? Alles Erfindungen europaischer Zionisten im 19. Jahrhundert, schreibt Sand in seinem aufsehenerregenden Buch, das in Israel und Frankreich zum Bestseller wurde und heftige Kontroversen ausgelost hat.

Listen to Schlomo Sand's Israel-Palestine Lecture 2014 in De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, on the 16-th oct. 2014 here (english spoken).

Ullstein Taschenbuch Verlag, 2011, pap, 512 pp, € 16.00, 9783548610337
Sand, Shlomo
How I Stopped Being a Jew. An Israeli Point of View
Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person's camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As a young man, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that of a 'secular Jew.' With this meditative and thoughtful mixture of essay and personal recollection, he articulates the problems at the center of modern Jewish identity.

How I Stopped Being a Jew discusses the negative effects of the Israeli exploitation of the 'chosen people' myth and its 'holocaust industry.' Sand criticizes the fact that, in the current context, what 'Jewish' means is, above all, not being Arab and reflects on the possibility of a secular, non-exclusive Israeli identity, beyond the legends of Zionism.

Listen to Schlomo Sand's Israel-Palestine Lecture 2014 in De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, on the 16-th oct. 2014 here.

Verso, 2014, geb, 9781781686140, € 16.95, 9781781686140
Sand, Shlomo
The Invention of the Jewish People
All modern nation states have a story of their origins, passed down through both official and popular culture, and yet few of these accounts have proved as divisive and influential as the Israeli national myth. The well-known tale of Jewish exile at the hands of the Romans during the first century AD, and the assertion of both cultural and racial continuity through to the Jewish people of the present day, resonates far beyond Israels borders.
Despite its use as a justification for Jewish settlement in Palestine and the project of a Greater Israel, there have been few scholarly investigations into the historical accuracy of the story as a whole. In this bold and ambitious new book, Shlomo Sand shows that the Israeli national myth has its origins in the nineteenth century, rather than in biblical times when Jewish historians, like scholars in many other cultures, reconstituted an imagined people in order to model a future nation.
Sand forensically dissects the official story and demonstrates the construction of a nationalist myth and the collective mystification that this requires. A bestseller in Israel and France, Shlomo Sands book has sparked a widespread and lively debate. Should the Jewish people regard themselves as genetically distinct and identifiable across the millennia or should that doctrine now be left behind and if the myth of the Jewish state is dismantled, could this open a path toward a more inclusive Israeli state, content within its borders?

Listen to Schlomo Sand's Israel-Palestine Lecture 2014 in De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, on the 16-th oct. 2014 here.

Verso, 2009/2010, pap, 344 pp, € 18.95, 9781844676231
Sand, Shlomo
The Invention of the Jewish People
SOLD OUT, paperback available

All modern nation states have a story of their origins, passed down through both official and popular culture, and yet few of these accounts have proved as divisive and influential as the Israeli national myth. The well-known tale of Jewish exile at the hands of the Romans during the first century AD, and the assertion of both cultural and racial continuity through to the Jewish people of the present day, resonates far beyond Israels borders. Despite its use as a justification for Jewish settlement in Palestine and the project of a Greater Israel, there have been few scholarly investigations into the historical accuracy of the story as a whole.

In this bold and ambitious new book, Shlomo Sand shows that the Israeli national myth has its origins in the nineteenth century, rather than in biblical times when Jewish historians, like scholars in many other cultures, reconstituted an imagined people in order to model a future nation. Sand forensically dissects the official story and demonstrates the construction of a nationalist myth and the collective mystification that this requires.

A bestseller in Israel and France, Shlomo Sands book has sparked a widespread and lively debate. Should the Jewish people regard themselves as genetically distinct and identifiable across the millennia or should that doctrine now be left behind and if the myth of the Jewish state is dismantled, could this open a path toward a more inclusive Israeli state, content within its borders?

Listen to Schlomo Sand's Israel-Palestine Lecture 2014 in De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, on the 16-th oct. 2014 here.

Verso, 2009, geb, 332 pp, € 31.95, 9781844674220
Sand, Shlomo
The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
What is a homeland, and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest running national struggle of the twentieth century. The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand's account dissects the concept of "historical right" and tracks the creation of the modern geopolitical concept of the "Land of Israel" by nineteenth - century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also what is threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

Listen to Schlomo Sand's Israel-Palestine Lecture 2014 in De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, on the 16-th oct. 2014 here.

Verso, 2012, geb, 304 pp, € 24.95, 9781844679461
Sand, Shlomo
The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
What is a homeland, and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest running national struggle of the twentieth century. The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand's account dissects the concept of "historical right" and tracks the creation of the modern geopolitical concept of the "Land of Israel" by nineteenth - century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also what is threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

Listen to Schlomo Sand's Israel-Palestine Lecture 2014 in De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, on the 16-th oct. 2014 here.

Verso, 2013, pap, 304 pp, € 17.95, 9781781680834
Sand, Shlomo, Ernest Renan
On the Nation and the 'Jewish People'
Ernest Renan was one of the intellectual giants of the second half of the nineteenth century in France, the man who first opened up the study of nationalism. In this book, Shlomo Sand, the author of the best-selling The Invention of the Jewish People, demonstrates the complexity of Renan's thought. Sand shows the relationship of Renan's work to that of key twentieth-century thinkers on nationalism, such as Raymond Aron and Ernest Gellner, and argues for the continued importance of studying Renan.

Alongside his essay, Sand presents two classic lectures by Renan: the first, the renowned 'What Is a Nation?', argues that nations are not based upon race, religion, and language; in the second he uses historical evidence to show that the Jews cannot be considered a 'pure ethnos.' On the Nation and the Jewish People is an important contribution to the understanding of nationalism, bringing back into play the work of a profoundly misunderstood thinker.

Listen to Schlomo Sand's Israel-Palestine Lecture 2014 in De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, on the 16-th oct. 2014 here.

Verso, 2010, pap, 100 pp, € 16.50, 9781844674626
Saposnik, A. B.
Becoming Hebrew. The Creation of a Jewish National Culture in Ottoman Palestine
Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 314 pp, € 54.50, 9780195331219
Seeman, D.
One People, One Blood. Ethiopian-Israelis and the Return to Judaism
Rutgers University Press, 2011, pap, 260 pp, € 31.50, 9780813549367
Seu, N,.
Israel Diary: The Jewish State through the eyes of a Goy
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010, geb, 99 pp, € 41.50, 9781443822749
Shabi, R.
Not the Enemy. Israels Jews from Arab Lands
Yale UP, 2009/2010, pap, 265 pp, € 16.50, 9780300167696
Shafir, G.& Peled, Y.
Being Israeli. The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship.
by order
Cambridge, 2002, pap, 397 pp, € 29.75, 0521796725
Shahak, Israel, Norton Mezvinsky
Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
Pluto Press, 2004, pap, 176 pp, € 29.95, 9780745320908
Shapira, Anita
Yigal Allon, Native Son. A Biography
Born in 1918 into the fabric of Arab-Jewish frontier life at the foot of Mt. Tabor, Yigal Allon rose to become one of the founding figures of the state of Israel and an architect of its politics. In 1945 Allon became commander of the Palmah - an elite unit of the Haganah, the semilegal army of the Jewish community - during the struggle against the British for independence. In the 1947-49 War of Independence against local and invading Arab armies, he led the decisive battles that largely determined the borders of Israel. Paradoxically, his close lifelong relations with Arab neighbors did not prevent him from being a chief agent of their sizable displacement.

A bestseller in Israel and available now translated into English, Yigal Allon, Native Son is the only biography of this charismatic leader. The book focuses on Allon's life up to 1950, his clash with founding father David Ben-Gurion, the end of his military career, and the watershed in culture and character between the Jewish Yishuv and Israeli statehood. As a statesman in his more mature years, he formulated what became known as the 'Allon Plan', which remains a viable blueprint for an eventual two-state partition between Israel and the Palestinians. Yet in the end, the promise Allon showed as a brilliant young military commander remained unfulfilled. The great dream of the Palmah generation was largely lost, and Allon's name became associated with the failed policies of the past.

The story of Allon's life frames the history of Israel, its relationship with its Arab neighbors, its culture and spirit. This important biography touches on matters - Israel's borders, refugees, military might - that remain very much alive today.

Jewish Culture and Contexts Series, Pennsylvania UP, 2008, geb, 385 pp, € 49.90, 9780812240283
Shapiro, F
Building Jewish Roots: The Israel Experience
McGill-Queens UP, 2006, geb, 240 pp, € 34.00, 0773530657 / 9780773530652
Shavit, Ari
Mijn beloofde land, de triomf en tragedie van Israel
Aan de hand van menselijke verhalen, ogenschijnlijk kleine gebeurtenissen en gesprekken met hoofdrolspelers vertelt Ari Shavit in Mijn beloofde land het complexe verhaal van de moderne geschiedenis van de staat Israel.

Israel bevindt zich momenteel in een existentiele crisis. Ari Shavit, een van de invloedrijkste journalisten van Israel, gaat de dialoog aan met zijn landgenoten en hun historie. Hoe is Israel, ooit een bastion van idealisme en democratische beginselen, op dit verontrustende punt beland? In plaats van het bekende verhaal - van de oorlogen, de bestanden en de bekende politieke kopstukken - vertelt Shavit het verhaal van de leiders van de volksopstanden, van de boeren, de immigranten, de kolonisten en van de Arabieren: kortom, de mensen die het (morele) fundament vormen van het land Israel.

'65 jaar na zijn stichting is Israel weer terug bij de kernvragen. Honderdzestien jaar na de oprichting van de beweging wordt het Zionisme geconfronteerd met zijn voornaamste tegenstrijdigheden. De uitdagingen gaan nu veel verder dan de bezetting en zitten veel dieper dan de kwestie van de vrede. Allemaal zien we ons gesteld voor de driedelige vraag: Waarom Israel? Wat is Israel? Zal Israel blijven bestaan?'

Ari Shavit is een van de meest gewaardeerde journalisten van Israel. Hij is politiek columnist van Haaretz, de invloedrijkste krant van het land.

Spectrum, 2013, pap, 480 pp, € 29.99, 9789000326099
Shavit, Ari
My Promised Land
Spiegel & Grau, 2013, geb, 464 pp, € 25.95, 9780385521703
Sheffer, G., O. Barak (eds.)
Militarism and Israeli Society
Israel Studies, Indiana UP, 2010, pap, 386 pp, € 28.90, 9780253221742
Shelef, N.G.
Evolving Nationalism. Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel 1925-2005
Cornell UP, 2010, pap, 281 pp, € 22.95, 9780801476754
Shiblak, A.
Iraqi Jews: A History of Mass Exodus
BY ORDER (prijs onder voorbehoud)
Saqi, 2005, pap, 215 pp, € 14.00, 0863565042 / 9780863565045
Shindler, C.
The Triumph of Military Zionism. Nationalism and the Origins of the Israeli Right
I. B. Tauris, 2009, pap, € 29.90, 9781848850248
Shindler, Colin
A History of Modern Israel, second edition
Colin Shindler's remarkable history begins in 1948, as waves of immigrants arrived in Israel from war-torn Europe to establish new cities, new institutions, and a new culture founded on the Hebrew language. Optimistic beginnings were soon replaced with the sobering reality of wars with Arab neighbours, internal ideological differences, and ongoing confrontation with the Palestinians. In this updated edition, Shindler covers the significant developments of the last decade, including the rise of the Israeli far right, Hamas's takeover and the political rivalry between Gaza and the West Bank, Israel's uneasy dealings with the new administration in the United States, political Islam and the potential impact of the Arab Spring on the region as a whole. This sympathetic yet candid portrayal asks how a nation that emerged out of the ashes of the Holocaust and was the admiration of the world is now perceived by many Western governments in a less than benevolent light.
Cambridge University Press, 2013, pap, 445 pp, € 25.50, 9781107671775
Spector, S.
Evangelicals and Israel. The Story of American Christian Zionism.
Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 338 pp, € 23.50, 9780195368024
Stadler, Nurit
A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony: Trends in Israeli Haredi Culture
This is a study of contemporary ultra-Orthodox religiosity in Israel. It analyses the on-going reconstruction of Haredi culture in Israel, a process which has been spurred on by the challenges of modernity, the worldwide resurgence of religion, and the strong sway of Israeliness. Despite its founders' and the present leadership's long-standing efforts to establish and buttress an community enclave, various modern trends and state institutions are having a profound impact on the yeshiva world.
Jewish Identity in Postmodern Society, Academic Studies Press, 2012, geb, 170 pp, € 54.95, 9781936235827
Stein, L.
The Making of Modern Israel, 1948-1967
Polity, 2009/2010, pap, 412 pp, € 21.50, 9780745644677
Stein, L.
The Making of Modern Israel, 1948-1967
Polity Books, 2009, geb, 412 pp, € 30.00, 9780745644660
Talmon, M and Yaron Peleg
Israeli Cinema. Identities in Motion
Texas UP, 2011, geb, 380 pp, € 73.50, 9780292725607
Taub, G.
The Settlers and the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism
Yale UP, 2010, geb, 217 pp, € 28.50, 9780300141016
Teman, E.
Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self
University of California Press, 2010, pap, 361pp, € 21.00, 9780520259645
Yadgar, Y.
Secularism and Religion in Jewish-Israeli Politics
Common discourse on Jewish identity in Israel is dominated by the view that Jewish Israelis can, and should, be either religious or secular. Moving away from this conventional framework, this book examines the role of secularism and religion in Jewish society and politics. With a focus on the 'traditionists' (masortim) who comprise over a third of the Jewish-Israeli population, the author examines issues of religion, tradition and secularism in Israel, giving a fresh approach to the widening theoretical discussion regarding the thesis of secularisation and modernity and exploring the wider implications of this identity. Yadgar's conclusions have significant social, cultural and political implications, serving not only as a new contribution to the academic discourse on Jewish-Israeli identity, but as a platform upon which traditionist positions on central issues of Israeli politics can be heard. Offering a detailed investigation into a central and important Jewish-Israeli identity construct, the book is relevant not only to the study of Jewish identity in Israel but also within the wider social-theoretical issues of religion, tradition, modernity and secularization. The book will be of great interest to students of Israeli society and to anyone looking into the issues of Jewish identity, Israeli nationalism and ethnicity, religion and politics in Israel, and the sociology of religion.
Israeli History, Politics and Society, Routledge, 2010, geb, 287 pp, € 120.00, 9780415563291
Yakobson, A. & A. Rubinstein
Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish nation-state and human rights
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Israeli History, Politics and Society, Routledge, 2008, geb, 245 pp, € 99.95, 9780415464413