What do secular, left-wing Israelis living inside the Green Line have in common with religious, right-wing 'settlers'? Despite their conflicting positions, I argue that there is a depth of commonality that fuels the hatred and intolerance between these groups. This article aims to reveal a positional unity that appears as conflict, difference, and disunity. Resituating the apparently incommensurable discourses, I contend that this discord is best understood within the context of a society that is continually struggling with the outcomes of its settler origins and ongoing settlement activity. The focus is on the arguments between the two groups concerning uses of the past, which serves as a reference from which to demonstrate that the desire, particularly among the secular, to differentiate rather than identify is located in a fear of what today's settler activity reveals about the Zionist project in a broader sense and what it therefore stands to potentially undermine.
Four Exhibitions on Jerusalem
Sa'ed Atshan and Katharina Galor
of display nurtures, rejoices, or instead disturbs and even haunts the visitor as it explores head-on, or avoids and even annihilates certain realities of contested spaces in Israel/Palestine? We argue that the differences in approaches to exhibiting
Israeli NGOs, Palestinian Witnesses, and the Undoing of Human Rights Bureaucracy
several NGOs) while eschewing the practical HR functions of testimony can be seen as an expression of Palestinians’ suspicion and cynicism towards the HR industry ( Allen 2013 ), which stem from the acknowledgement of NGOs’ failures common in Israel/Palestine
A Protracted Peacebuilding Process
For the past 20 years, at least, Israelis, Palestinians, and peace sponsors have been implicated in a seemingly endless peacebuilding project—best known as the Middle East or the Israel-Palestine peace process. Indeed, much of the abundant
Lena Saleh and Mira Sucharov
student development in general and for the study of Israel/Palestine in particular. The Assignment For our course on Israeli-Palestinian relations, we typically assign students the task of writing one or two op-ed assignments throughout the term. These op
Sovereign exception or wild sovereignty?
It seems vital, in the face of escalating Israeli expansionism in the Palestinian Territories and obstructionism in the "Peace Process," to theorize the cultural foundations of a process of containment and dispossession of Palestinians that can no longer convincingly be seen as mere strategy. Symptomatic of the Israeli state program is the "wall" (a.k.a., "the Security Fence" or the "Apartheid Wall") and its radical encroachment into territory designated as the grounds of a future Palestinian state. The following essay attempts an anthropological analysis of the concept of "border" in contemporary Israeli thought and practice, and, in so doing, assesses the impact of a limitless sovereignty on both an encompassed minority population and on international relations more generally.
A Comparative Study
Haifaa Majadly and Aharon Geva-Kleinberger
comparative analysis of the curricula in several countries. The countries selected (Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia) are spread over a large geographical territory and differ in their political, intellectual, and educational ideologies. 17
Materialities, Histories, and the Spatialization of State Sovereignty
Valentina Napolitano, Nimrod Luz, and Nurit Stadler
In the introduction to this special section of Religion and Society, we discuss existing and potentially new intersections of border theories and religious studies in relation to two contested regions—US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine (as part of the history of the Levant)—respectively. We argue for a recentering of borderland studies through an analysis of political theologies, affective labor, and differing configurations of religious heritage, traces, and materiality. We thus define 'borderlands' as translocal phenomena that emerge due to situated political/economic and affective junctures and that amplify not only translocal but also transnational prisms. To explore these issues, we put into dialogue studies on religion, borderlands, walls, and historical/contemporary conditions in the context of US-Mexico and Israel-Palestine borders. In particular, we argue for recentering analyses in light of intensifications of state control and growing militarization in contested areas.
The Limitations of André Schwarz-Bart's The Last of the Just
The article takes André Schwarz-Bart's 1959 novel The Last of the Just as the starting point for an exploration of the trope of 'Jews are eternal victims of (Christian) anti-Semitism' and the theological question of suffering as part of God's plan for the Jewish people. The role of Jewish anger, conscious and unconscious, in relation to both themes is discussed, and linked to contemporary political questions in regard to Israel-Palestine. The history of the 'thirty-six Just Men' (lamedvovniks) is reviewed; and questions are raised as to whether, since the Shoah, the Judaic myth of salvation has been transferred from a deity to a land and a state.
Itamar Rabinovich, The Lingering Conflict: Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East, 1948-2011 Review by Daniel Kurtzer
Yoav Gelber, Nation and History: Israeli Historiography between Zionism and Post-Zionism Review by Shlomo Aronson
Asher Susser, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative Review by Paul L. Scham
Michael Feige, Settling in the Hearts: Jewish Fundamentalism in the Occupied Territories Review by Arye Naor
Juliana Ochs, Security and Suspicion: An Ethnography of Everyday Life in Israel Review by Dganit Manor
Daniel Byman, A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism Review by Samy Cohen
Michael Lerner, Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East Review by Kenneth Waltzer