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Routinization of the Israeli-Arab Conflict

The Perspective of Outsiders

Soli Vered and Daniel Bar-Tal

This study explores features of the routinization of the Israeli-Arab conflict in everyday life in Israel. Specifically, it examines how foreign students view this aspect of the culture of conflict, compared to the point of view of Israeli students born into the day-to-day reality of a society that has been engaged in an intractable conflict for decades. Findings show that foreigners perceived and identified various conflict-related routines that have been absorbed into the social and physical spaces of daily life in Israel, becoming unnoticeable to Israelis. This was the case particularly with various images and symbols of the conflict that saturate both public and private spaces, conflict-related informal norms of behavior, and the central place that the conflict occupies in private interpersonal discourse. These results are discussed in relation to the functionalities of the routinization of the conflict and its implications.

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Yuval Benziman

Changes in Israeli politics, diplomacy, and the Israeli-Arab conflict, changes in Israeli cultural texts dealing with the conflict, and changes in Israeli writing of fiction—all led to significant changes in how the Israeli-Arab conflict is portrayed in Israeli fiction written in the 1980s. Comprising fictional texts about the conflict, the novels and films examined in this article actually deal with the inability to tell the story. The conflict is portrayed as too deep-rooted and complicated, to the extent that it is impossible to recount it and construct a dialogue or to find common grounds for comprehending it. The texts almost always end up in death, no Jewish-Arab personal relation prevails, and most of the interactions are through the military. According to the texts examined here, these two societies appear to need the conflict in order to overcome bitter conflicts within themselves; and Arab-Palestinian Israeli citizens feel that they cannot live in Israel.

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The Editors

(secular) right and another that comments on the English translation of Hillel Cohen’s Year Zero of the Israeli-Arab Conflict: 1929 ( Tarpat in Hebrew), which created quite a stir in Israel when it was originally published. We also review a new book on

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Experiencing, Using, and Teaching History

Two History Teachers’ Relations to History and Educational Media

Robert Thorp

Porat, “It’s Not Written Here, but This Is What Happened: Students’ Cultural Comprehension of Textbook Narratives on the Israeli-Arab Conflict,” American Educational Research Journal 41, no. 4 (2004): 963–996. 4 See examples in Christine Counsell

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Two Patterns of Modernization

An Analysis of the Ethnic Issue in Israel

Shlomo Fischer

in constructing the counter-collective. Among other factors, the transformation of the Israeli-Arab conflict from a conflict between states to one between the Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian communities also played a role. Despite the similarity

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Liberal Whispers and Propaganda Fears

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

Geoffrey P. Levin

examined minority affairs only briefly in their first visit in the spring of 1949—a time when many issues remained unsettled in the new state. 6 Over the next several years, the AJC supported American efforts to resolve the Israeli-Arab conflict, which

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Yuval Gozansky

Russian immigration, collective memory, and the Israeli-Arab conflict. Although the dilemmas presented in the series touched upon controversial views, the show retained its educational tone by ensuring eventual conformity and adaptation to hegemonic

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Tair Karazi-Presler, Moti Gigi, Luis Roniger, Yossi Harpaz, Oded Adomi Leshem, Meir Elran, Dany Bahar, and Yuval Benziman

Texts of the 1980s and the Israeli-Arab Conflict .” Israeli Studies Review 26 ( 1 ): 88 – 106 . 10.3167/isr.2011.260110 Shapiro Prize Winners This new feature of ISR will present the report of the committee choosing the recipient of the Yonathan