Israel Studies Review

Editor: Yoram Peri, University of Maryland, College Park

Managing Editor: Paul L. Scham, University of Maryland, College Park

Now increased to 3 issues a year!

Subjects: Israel studies, Middle Eastern studies, Politics

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Israel Studies Review 35(1)

Editors’ Note
Yoram Peri and Paul L. Scham


Jerusalem’s Alternative Collective Memory Agents
Menachem Klein

Sephardi Leadership in Israel: Transitioning from Mandate to Statehood
Moshe Naor

Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Refugees: Ideology, Morality, and Praxis
Yossi Goldstein

The Making of a Capital: Jerusalem on Israeli Banknotes
Anat First and Na’ama Sheffi

“Hot Guys” in Tel Aviv: Pride Tourism to Israel
Amit Kama and Yael Ram

Teaching Israel Studies

Thinking Comparatively about Israel
Brent E. Sasley

Book Reviews


Volume 35 / 2020, 3 issues per volume (summer, winter)

Israel Studies Forum was relaunched in 2011 as the Israel Studies Review, under the editorship of Yoram Peri, Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.

Aims & Scope

Israel Studies Review (ISR) is the journal of the Association for Israel Studies, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of Israeli society, history, politics, and culture.

ISR explores modern and contemporary Israel from the perspective of the social sciences, history, the humanities, and cultural studies and welcomes submissions on these subjects. The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world, and encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israel.

One of the main tasks of the ISR is to review in a timely manner recent books on Israel-related themes, published in English and Hebrew. Authors and publishers are invited to send us their books for review consideration.

The Israel Studies Review editors fully recognize the passions and controversies present in this field. They are dedicated to the mission of the ISR as a nonpartisan journal publishing scholarship of the highest quality, and are proud to contribute to the growth and development of the emergent field of Israel Studies.


Israel Studies Review is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
  • Academic Source Complete (Ebsco)
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • Book Review Digest (Ebsco)
  • Electronic Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East (Dayan Center)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Index for Jewish Periodicals
  • Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (RAMBI)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • Jewish Studies Source (Ebsco)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Abstract (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Index (Ebsco)
  • Social Services Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Proquest)


Editor: Yoram Peri, University of Maryland, College Park

Managing Editor: Paul L. Scham, University of Maryland, College Park

Teaching Israel Studies Editor: Shira Klein, Chapman University

Assistant Editor: Amber Taylor, Brandeis University

Editorial Advisory Board:
Khawla Abu-Baker, Emek Yisrael College
Myron Aronoff*, Rutgers University
Gad Barzilai, University of Washington/University of Haifa Law School
Uri Ben-Eliezer, Haifa University
Uri Bialer, Hebrew University
Rachel Brenner*, University of Wisconsin
Mitchell Cohen, Baruch College
Alan Dowty*, University of Notre Dame
Robert O. Freedman*, Johns Hopkins University
Motti Golani, Haifa University
Majd al-Hajj, Haifa University
Aviva Halamish*, Open University of Israel
Hanna Herzog*, Tel Aviv University
Clive Jones, University of Durham
Michael Keren, University of Calgary
Pnina Lahav*, Boston University
Ian Lustick*, University of Pennsylvania
Gregory Mahler*, Earlham College
Jonathan Mendilow, Rider University
Joel Migdal*, University of Washington
Derek Penslar, University of Oxford
Itamar Rabinovich, Tel Aviv University
Uri Ram, Ben-Gurion University
Zaki Shalom, Ben-Gurion University
Gershon Shafir*, University of California, San Diego
Russell Stone*, American University
Miriam Talmon-Bohm, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mark Tessler*, University of Michigan
Angelika Timm, Free University, Berlin
Chaim I. Waxman, Rutgers University
Elie Wiesel , Boston University
Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic
Oren Yiftachel, Ben-Gurion University
Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University
Ronald Zweig, New York University

* Indicates a past or present AIS President

Manuscript Submissions

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Manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the ISR style guide will be returned to the author for amendment.

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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Israel Studies Review (ISR) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ISR ethics statement.

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The AIS is open to all individuals who are engaged in, or share an interest in, scholarly inquiry about the State of Israel. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities. For further details on the Association, please visit the AIS website.
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