Bulletin: Journal ToCs, Israel Studies, Israel Affairs, Constellations

Journal ToCs:

Israel Studies, 21.3 (2016): https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/34103


Israel Affairs 22.3-4 (2016): http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fisa20/22/3-4

Constellations 23.3 (2016): Special Section: Israel and Palestine: Thinking the “One State Solution” onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8675.2016.23.issue-3/issuetoc


New Article: Jabareen, Co-Production of ‘Creative Destruction’ in Israel

Jabareen, Yosef. “Territoriality of Negation: Co-Production of ‘Creative Destruction’ in Israel.” Geoforum 66 (2015): 11-25.


URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.09.003



Based on an examination of Israel’s territorial conceptions, strategies, and achievements since the establishment of the state, this article shows how state territoriality subsumes ideology and political agendas and may, under certain circumstances, lead the state to negate its very self-conceptions and harm its own perceived interests. Its analysis pays special attention to the state’s inadvertently produced territories of negation, which run counter to its own conception of territoriality, and considers the kind of social–spatial entities produced by the state. It also considers Israeli territoriality’s more recently asserted goal of shaping Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, in addition to the goals of controlling Jerusalem and Judaizing the Galilee and the Negev. To illustrate the theoretical assertion that discriminatory and marginalizing state territoriality has the distinct potential to bring about its own negation, the article concludes with two prominent expressions of this phenomenon. The first is manifested in green-line Israel, where the state’s territorial policies and the resulting marginalization of the Palestinian minority has resulted in collective resistance against the state and its policies, basic Jewish-Israeli symbols such as the anthem and the flag, and Israel’s very definition as a Jewish State. The second is manifested in Israel’s inadvertent creation of bi-national spaces both within Israel proper and in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, indirectly promoting the solution of a single bi-national state and posing a serious challenge to the very goals that Israeli territoriality has consistently strived to achieve.



New Article: Beinin, Regrouping in the Absence of a Two-State Solution

Beinin, Joel. “Coexistence, Equality, and Universal Principles in Israel/Palestine: Regrouping in the Absence of a Two-State Solution.” Tikkun 30.2 (2015): 9-15.


URL: https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/tikkun/v030/30.2.beinin.html



The inordinate focus on a Palestinian state has diverted attention from the fate of the Palestinian people. The conditions of many Palestinians — citizens of Israel, inhabitants of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and refugees in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq — have deteriorated dramatically since 2000. Evictions of Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan by messianic religious-nationalist settlers, the expansion of settlements to surround East Jerusalem and prevent its return to Palestinian rule, home demolitions and disruption of normal economic and academic life throughout the West Bank, the siege (tighter or looser as Israel chooses) imposed on the population of the Gaza Strip, attacks on refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria, insecure and dysfunctional conditions throughout Iraq — all these have taken a toll on Palestinians. The most urgent task is to focus on the present and future conditions of actual Palestinians, not to speculate on the nature of a state or states that have little chance of coming into existence anytime soon.

This means exposing and resisting Israeli efforts to diminish the Palestinian presence through various mechanisms of expulsion. It means dismantling the separation barrier and other infrastructures that separate Palestinian communities, including the massive checkpoints at Qalandiya and Bethlehem in the West Bank that are effectively international frontier posts, and opposing the continuing confiscation of lands for new settlements and the violent campaign of settler fanatics like the “Hilltop Youth” to terrorize Palestinian farmers and shepherds. It means demanding an end to Israeli occupation of all the lands conquered in 1967. It means advocating the full equality, including individual and collective rights, of the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Perhaps most painfully for some, but nonetheless absolutely necessary, it means educating ourselves about and recognizing the full extent of the Palestinian Nakba, whose effects continue today. Resolution of the conflict necessitates that we confront our moral obligations as Jews, as Americans, and as global citizens to acknowledge responsibility, make restitution, and pay compensation.


New Article: Hussein, The One-State Solution: An Interview with Ilan Pappé

Hussein, Cherine. “Palestine, Israel and the One-State Solution: An Interview with Ilan Pappé.” Critical Studies on Terrorism (Early view; Published online: 03 Jul 2014)


URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17539153.2014.925231



Ilan Pappé is Professor of History at Exeter University, and the Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies. He obtained his BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1979, and his DPhl from the University of Oxford in 1984. He founded and directed the Academic Institute for Peace in Givat Haviva, Israel, from 1992 to 2000, and was the Chair of the Emil Tuma Institute for Palestine Studies in Haifa from 2000 to 2006. Professor Pappé was also senior lecturer in Middle Eastern History and in Political Science in Haifa University from 1984 to 2006. In 2007, he was appointed chair in Exeter University’s History department, and became a fellow of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in 2010. His research focuses on the modern Middle East, and in particular the history f Israel and Palestine – a topic on which he is the author of several critically acclaimed books. He is also a peace activist, an influential member of the presently resurgent single-state idea, and has supported a single-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prior to the Oslo Accords.

Cherine Hussein completed her PhD at Sussex University’s Department of International Relations in February 2012, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Council for British Research in the Levant. Her research focuses on the politics of social transformation in the Middle East, with a particular interest in the writings of Antonio Gramsci and Edward Said, and the role of organic intellectuals in instigating social change. This interview informs her forthcoming book, Countering an Illusion: The Re-Emergence of the Single State Solution in Palestine/Israel (in press).

Ilan Pappé and Cherine Hussein met on 16 September 2009 in Brighton.

New Article: Maor, The Hidden Root of Brit Shalom

Maor, Zohar. “Moderation from Right to Left: The Hidden Roots of Brit Shalom.” Jewish Social Studies 19.2 (2013): 79-108.


Hans Kohn, Hugo Bergmann, and Gershom Scholem were among the leaders of Brit Shalom, a small but intriguing Zionist faction that advocated binationalism. This essay contends that their moderation and their consistent opposition to the prevailing Zionist vision of a Jewish state in Palestine issued from a völkisch outlook. Kohn, Bergmann, and Scholem shared a postliberal stance and a youthful Zionism influenced by Martin Buber, and their later binationalism emerged not from a renunciation of their former ideology but rather from its creative adaptation.

New Article: “Symposium: Two States or One? The Future of Israelis and Palestinians”

Lustick, Ian, Yousef Munayyer, Jeremy Ben-Ami, and Ahmad Samih Khalidi. “Symposium: Two States or One? The Future of Israelis and Palestinians.” Middle East Policy 20.4 (2013): 1-28.

URL:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mepo.12042/abstract


The following is an edited transcript of the seventy-fourth in a series of Capitol Hill conferences convened by the Middle East Policy Council. The meeting was held on October 9, 2013, at the Washington Court Hotel, with Omar Kader moderating and Thomas R. Mattair as the discussant. The video can be accessed at http://www.mepc.org/hill-forums/two-states-or-one-future-israelis-and-palestinians

Cite: Lustick, Statistical Manipulation as a Solution to Israel’s Demographic Problem

Lustick, Ian S. “What Counts is the Counting: Statistical Manipulation as a Solution to Israel’s ‘Demographic Problem’.” Middle East Journal 67.2 (2013): 185-205.


URL: www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mei/mei/2013/00000067/00000002/art00003



Seven years ago, heightened anxieties in Israel about an Arab threat to Israel’s Jewish majority triggered an influential campaign to change perceptions of who is winning the demographic battle. Proposals to annex 60% or more of the West Bank are based in part on its success in persuading many Israelis and others of the nonexistence of 1 to 1.5 million “missing“ Palestinians. This campaign’s estimates of Arab and Jewish population for 2004 and beyond are subjected to close scrutiny, revealing complex but systematic manipulation of data and exposing the political objectives and drastic distortions of the campaign.