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Liberal Whispers and Propaganda Fears

The American Jewish Committee and Israel’s Palestinian Minority, 1948–1966

Geoffrey P. Levin

-Gurion, the first reason for raising the issue was the AJC’s interest “in human rights for everyone and therefore also the human rights of Arab minorities in Israel.” Engel then noted a second reason—that “Arab propaganda is making a great point of the

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Shay Hazkani

This article explores themes in the political education and indoctrination of soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 1948 War. It argues that the army command attempted to advance the notion that a form of militarism rooted in Judaism was the only way to win the war. Education officers explained to soldiers that 'the Jewish tradition' sanctioned the eradication of the invading armies and indifference to the fate of Palestinians. The article also traces the influence of Abba Kovner's lurid propaganda on the rest of the IDF's education apparatus. Kovner, the education officer of the Givati Brigade, believed that hate propaganda made killing the enemy easier, and his views were shared by many other education officers who saw his work as a road-map for the entire military. Nevertheless, there were some officers who opposed his work out of fear for the consequences that it would have on the future of Israeli society.

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Israel Goes to the Polls

The Road to Elections for the Constituent Assembly, 1948–1949

Meir Chazan

provocative example was published in a propaganda leaflet titled Niv Hahayal (The Soldier’s Expression), which was distributed by Mapai in early January. In it, pictures of Begin and Mussolini raising their arms were juxtaposed under the heading “The same

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Rebranding Desolation

The Allure of Israel’s Desert Landscapes

Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

critical perspective of the same landscape transformation, quotes a Zionist farmer and writer who recognized in 1914 that “from the first moment of the Zionist idea, the Zionist propaganda described the land to which we were headed as desolate and forsaken

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Nissim Leon, Judy Baumel-Schwartz, Amir Paz-Fuchs and Roy Kreitner

it was, because no institution could actually enforce it. But the means of coercion, in the sense of effective community pressure, did exist and were thoroughly exploited by the nascent state. Propaganda and education mixed promiscuously, targeting

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Osnat Roth-Cohen and Yehiel Limor

, also known as the Great War. Propaganda methods that had previously been employed only in civilian life were adopted by both the state and military. Placing them in the service of the war effort proved that content and the conveyance of messages were

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Ian S. Lustick

hasbara (Zionist propaganda). Hirschhorn seeks to disabuse her readers of any mistaken view that Americans moving to the settlements were members of the Republican Party. In fact, she says, they were, or at least started out as, liberal idealists

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Menachem Klein

-Arab institution of the time had simply published just another propaganda statement, or was trying to provoke intra-Jewish divisions. They most likely implicitly ruled out that, based on the close relations between the two communities, Jamal al-Husseini sincerely

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Dan Avnon, Nitzan Lebovic, Raymond Cohen, Elie Friedman, Sara Helman, Gad Barzilai and Ari Ariel

propaganda” with “actual plans.” He contends that it was the “trauma of the Holocaust” that elevated hyperbole to the level of existential threat (77). But Israeli threat perceptions have derived from more than enemy declarations or social constructs

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Noa Hazan and Avital Barak

yeshivas and printing establishments, the famous “Visit Palestine” poster ( fig. 7 ) highlights the centrality of the Temple Mount in Zionist thought. A 1936 work by Jewish graphic designer Franz Kraus, it served as Zionist propaganda, calling on Jews to