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Making the Public Service Millennial

Examines how the new wave of Generation Y public service employees are affecting the dynamics of continuity and change in public management ethics.

Jewish Women and the Defense of Palestine

By Meir Chazan
Translated by Meir Chazan
Subjects: Area Studies

Examines the struggle of Jewish women to join defense and military activities during the decades leading up to the Israeli War of Independence.

A Double Burden

Explores the delicate interplay between emigration of Jews from Israel to Germany and the construction of a new identity in the shadow of antisemitism both past and present in their new home.

Flesh of My Flesh

Examines representations of sexual violence in modern Hebrew literature, focusing on the ways in which sexual aggression relates to Zionism, gender, ethnicity, and disability.

The Land beyond the Border

Uses an innovative theoretical framework to comparatively explore the dynamics of state expansion and contraction in Syria (1976-2005), Morocco (since 1975), and Israel (since 1967).

Since 1948

A portrait of Israeli literature in its full transnational and multilingual complexity.

Citizenship and Service

By Etta Bick
Subjects: Area Studies

Assesses the place of non-military national service in Israeli politics and society.

Globalizing Organic

By Rafi Grosglik
Subjects: Sociology

Traces how alternative food movements are affected by global and local trends, with a focus on how organic agriculture was integrated in Israel.

The Hebrew Orient

Examines the role that images of Palestine played in the construction of prewar Jewish American identity.

Bounded Integration

Investigates Turkey and Israel's contrasting treatment of religion and demonstrates how this treatment has had a significant impact on these countries' democratic performance.

Reconstructing the Civic

Explores the civic activism of the Palestinian minority in Israel for a better understanding of the relationship between civic activism and democratization in ethnic states.

The First Zionist Congress

Translated by Michael J. Reimer
Introduction by Michael J. Reimer
Subjects: Jewish Studies

An indispensable primary source in the history of Zionism.

Signatures of Struggle

A Marxist history of Israeli literature, tracing the relations between economic, social, and aesthetic transformations.

A Queer Way Out

Argues that queer Israeli emigrants engage in a deliberately unheroic form of resistance to Zionism.

Hearts and Minds

By Nachman Shai
Subjects: Area Studies

Uses Israel’s public diplomacy efforts during the second intifada (2000–2005) as a prime example of interactions between state security, diplomacy, and the media.

A State Is Born

Comprehensive historical study of policy planning and implementation during the crucial formative years of the Israeli government system.

Religious Zionism and the Settlement Project

An in-depth account of the ideology driving Israel's religious Zionist settler movements since the 1970s.

Sovereign Jews

Offers a novel exploration of the relationship between religion and the state in Israel.

Between the Rule of Law and States of Emergency

By Yoav Mehozay
Subjects: Area Studies

Raises concerns about the degree to which the rule of law and emergency powers have become fundamentally entangled, using Israel as a case study.

Judicial Power and National Politics, Second Edition

Chronicles the conflict between religious and secular forces in Israel.

Global Women, Colonial Ports

By Liat Kozma
Subjects: History

Combines analysis of transnational prostitution and traffic in women with a social history of the League of Nations and interwar globalization.

Bringing Zion Home

Demonstrates how American Jews used culture—art, dance, music, fashion, literature—to win the hearts and minds of postwar Americans to the cause of Israel.

Beyond Post-Zionism

By Eran Kaplan
Subjects: Area Studies

Comprehensive and critical analysis of the post-Zionist debates and their impact on various aspects of Israeli culture.

Reality Crumbs

By Raquel Chalfi
Translated by Tsipi Keller
Afterword by Dan Miron
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

First book-length collection of the work of the celebrated Israeli poet.

Why Hawks Become Doves

By Guy Ziv
Subjects: Area Studies

Investigates how leaders’ personalities shape important foreign policy shifts.

California Dreaming

Multidisciplinary study of the citrus industry in Palestine before World War II.

Rethinking Contemporary Warfare

Examines the combat experience of Israel’s ground forces in the Al-Aqsa Intifada in order to offer a set of innovative concepts for understanding irregular warfare.

Displaced at Home

Edited by Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh & Isis Nusair
Foreword by Lila Abu-Lughod
Subjects: Area Studies

Groundbreaking essays by Palestinian women scholars on the lives of Palestinians within the state of Israel.

Nixon and Israel

New insights into the cementing of the American-Israeli relationship during the Nixon years.

Foreign Workers in Israel

Explores how the entry of migrant workers into Israel raises questions beyond just those of the labor market.

Nahum Goldmann

Explores the life and career of one of the twentieth century’s most colorful Zionist leaders.

Coming Home

Examines the social and cultural integration of Russian-speaking Jews and Germans who immigrated to their respective historic homelands.

Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount

Examines radical and messianic movements in Israel seeking to rebuild the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

With an Iron Pen

A groundbreaking collection of forty-two Israeli poetic voices protesting the occupation of the West Bank.

The Politics of Regime Structure Reform in Democracies

Analyzes initiatives aimed at reforming the electoral and government systems of Israel in comparison to other established democracies.

Poets on the Edge

Edited and translated by Tsipi Keller
Introduction by Aminadav Dykman
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

Selections from twenty-seven Hebrew poets, many of whose poems appear here in English for the first time.

Zion in the Desert

The first book about the only two Reform Movement kibbutzim in Israel.

Cooperating Rivals

Examines cooperation and conflict over water in the Middle East.

Zionism

Traces the dialectical connections between Zionism’s past and present.

Converging Alternatives

The first comparative study of two major Jewish labor movements.

Sappho in the Holy Land

Essays on the experience of lesbians in contemporary Israeli society.

Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies

Introduces the cutting edge issues and current scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Israel Studies.

The Occupation of Justice

A critical examination of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Israel in cases relating to the Occupied Territories.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict Transformed

Makes the perhaps surprising argument that in the last quarter of the twentieth century the Arab-Israeli conflict has been winding down.

The Elections in Israel 1999

Considers the impact of the 1999 Israeli elections.

The Melting Pot in Israel

Covers early Israeli education policy regarding immigrant populations.

Somber Lust

A comprehensive study of Israel’s most internationally celebrated writer.

Policy Making at the Margins of Government

Traces the almost century-long struggle between Israel's largest healthcare provider, Kupat Holim, and successive Israeli governments.

Ideology and Jewish Identity in Israeli and American Literature

Israeli and American critics debate what constitutes Jewish identity in modern Jewish literature.

Debating Islam in the Jewish State

Covers Israel's policy toward Islamic institutions within its borders, 1948-2000.

Israeli Planners and Designers

In their own words, the stories of the men and women who are the planners, architects, community organizers--the hidden builders--of the modern state of Israel.

The Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel, 1948-2000

Examines the difficulties of Palestinian-Arab political life in Israel.

Rescuing Haya

The story of an Israeli woman's struggle to forge her personal and professional identity.

Negotiating Jerusalem

Explores the beliefs, attitudes, and values of ordinary Palestinians and Israeli Jews asking the question: Is it possible to reach a negotiated resolution to the Jerusalem question?

The Military and Militarism in Israeli Society

Investigates the cultural and social constructions of issues related to war, the armed forces, and national security in Israel.

Constructing Boundaries

An interdisciplinary study discussing the impact of the national crisis in Mandatory Palestine on relations between Jewish and Arab workers and their respective labor movements.

The Elections in Israel 1996

Leading American and Israeli social scientists discuss the precedent-setting events of Israel’s 1996 elections.

Crime and Criminal Justice in Israel

Offers insights into the criminal justice system and the field of criminology in Israel.

The Middle East Peace Process

A comprehensive, interdisciplinary look at the history of and complex issues surrounding the peace process in the Middle East.

Trial and Error

Questions the commonly accepted view that Israel's military policies were formed in direct response to Arab states' hostility and argues for a historical linkage between Israel's changing military posture and the development of an inequitable Israeli social structure.

The Jewishness of Israelis

Analyzes a recent report on a survey of the religious beliefs and behavior of Israeli Jews, and of the intense public debate that it produced.

Israel Through the Jewish-American Imagination

Examines eight Jewish-American writers--Meyer Levin, Leon Uris, Saul Bellow, Hugh Nissenson, Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, Anne Roiphe, and Tova Reich--who have "imagined" Israel in their work.

Between the Flag and the Banner

This first comprehensive study of the political life of Israeli women looks at political participation, political identity, women's political organizations, and public policy regarding women.

An Ottoman Century

This sweeping look at the city and the District of Jerusalem in the 17th century paints a vivid picture of life in an Ottoman province.

Wars, Internal Conflicts, and Political Order

The first comprehensive analysis of the effect the prolonged Arab-Israeli conflict has had on state and society in Israel.

Exile from Exile

The standard histories of Israeli literature limit the canon, virtually ignoring those who came to Israel from Jewish communities in the Middle East. By focusing on the work of Iraqi-born authors, this ...

Professionals against Populism

Based on Shimon Peres's private papers, investigates the role of professionals--attorneys, strategic experts, and economists--in Israel's national unity government of 1984-1986 and assesses their impact on government policy.

Israel

This book provides new interpretations and research findings, from a wide spectrum of viewpoints, on Israel's formative first decade of independence.

The Changing Agenda of Israeli Sociology

Offers the first systematic and comprehensive overview of sociological thought in Israel, and pleads for a new agenda that would shift the focus from nation building to democratic and egalitarian citizenship formation.

Education, Empowerment, and Control

Education, Empowerment, and Control is about the education of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel from the establishment of the state of Israel to the present. Using a comparative approach, the study ...

The Elections in Israel 1992

As the momentum toward peace in the Middle East surges and wanes, the intensity of politics in Israel takes on added relevance. There can be little doubt that the historic Israel-PLO peace accord could ...

The Political Economy of Israel

This book constitutes the first attempt at a comprehensive description, history, and analysis of Israel's economy. Plessner examines events of the past two decades and advances the hypothesis that problems ...

Politics and Policy Implementation

This book analyzes how the political system influences domestic policy implementation in Israel. It shows how coalition politics, party dominated ministries, an independent and fragmented Jewish Agency, ...

Urban Social Movements in Jerusalem

Hasson explores the development of eight urban protest organizations in Israel, revealing how social deprivation is transformed into organized patterns of activity. To investigate how and why urban movements ...

Political Assassinations by Jews

Ben-Yehuda presents an in-depth inquiry into the nature and patterns of political assassinations and executions by Jews in Palestine and Israel. Extensive empirical evidence is used to analyze the social ...

Managing Change in Old Age

This book is an ethnographic study of an old age home in Israel that sheds light on the existential experience of elderly retirees. Hazan looks carefully at the universal concerns of old age, specifically ...

Jewish Civilization

This book explains why the best way to understand the Jewish historical experience is to look at Jewish people, not just as a religious or ethnic group or a nation or "people," but, as bearers of civilization. ...

The Politics and Strategy of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

Based on research from an array of American, Arab, British, French, German, and Israeli sources, this book provides a nuclear history of the world's most explosive region. Most significantly, it gives ...

Despair and Deliverance

The author examines the varieties of religious and secular salvation that have recently appeared in Israel as evidence for Israelis' willingness to embrace private salvation in the face of immense cultural ...

Land of Paradoxes

This book examines the structure of Israeli interest groups, their strategies, their effectiveness, and their relations with state organizations and political parties. It addresses such important questions ...

Ancient and Modern Israel

This book identifies and examines those parallels between ancient and modern Israel that help to clarify the conflicts apparent in modern Israel. It discusses such contemporary issues as the Arab uprising ...

The Road to Power

This is a clearly conceived, meticulously executed, and lucidly written study of the Herut Party, and it will stand for many years as the definitive study of its subject. Its major strength is the account ...

Tradition, Innovation, Conflict

This book examines religion in Israeli society: what it is and how it functions. Here is a clear picture of how Judaism provides a matrix of continuity for Israeli society notwithstanding a wide diversity ...

Between Exile and Return

This innovative study of the modern Hebrew writer, S. Y. Agnon, offers new insight into his literary transformations of Jewish themes and sources. With particular attention to Kafka, Hoffman situates ...

Trouble in Utopia

This book provides a thorough and detailed examination of Israeli institutions and how they function. It explains the decline in effectiveness of the government and the spread of cultural malaise in the ...

The Politics of Provocation

Examines street demonstrations from 1980 through 1984.

Israeli Mythogynies

This book is the first to systematically examine the representation of women by mainstream Hebrew authors from the Palmah Generation to the New Wave. Fuchs' unique analytical method exposes the male-centered ...