Conference: Moses Hess between Socialism & Zionism, Jerusalem, March 18-20, 2012

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International Conference


200th Anniversary of his Birth (1812)

150th Anniversary of his Book “Rome and Jerusalem” (1862)

(Jerusalem, Sunday-Tuesday, March 18-20, 2012)


Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem * Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Israel Office * Martin Buber Chair for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main * Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex


Opening Event

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Venue: The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, 20 Radak Street


18:30 Gathering



Anja Siegemund, Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem

Peter Prügel, Minister and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Federal Republic of Germany

Christian Wiese, Martin Buber Chair for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Angelika Timm, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Israel Office


Keynote Lecture

Shlomo Avineri (Jerusalem)

Moses Hess – Revolutionary, Communist, Zionist: A Re-Assessment.


Chair: Shulamit Volkov (Tel Aviv)


Reading of Hess’s texts by Illi Gorlitzky (in Hebrew)



Monday, March 19, 2012

Venue: Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, 33 Bustenai Street


9:30-11:00 The Spinozist Hess

Willi Goetschel (Toronto / Göttingen)

Hess and the Philosophical Moment of Radical Spinozism

Tracie Matysik (Austin)

Politics of Spinozist Friendship: Moses Hess and Berthold Auerbach

Chair: Shlomo Avineri (Jerusalem)


11:20-12:30 Hess and Marx

David McLellan (Kent)

Moses Hess, Karl Marx, and ‘True Socialism’: Similarities and Differences

Michael Kuur Sørensen (Odense)

The Concept of ‘Verkehr’: A Source of Conflict between Karl Marx and Moses Hess

Chair: Mario Kessler (Potsdam)


13:50-15:00 Hess in Paris

Silvia Richter (Heidelberg)

Moses Hess and Paris: The Influence of France and French Thinkers on his Work, with a View on Heine and Marx

Mark Gelber (Beer Sheva)

German-Speaking Jews in Paris and the Turn to Jewish Nationalism in the 19th Century: Heine, Hess, Herzl

Chair: Natalie Goldberg (Ramat Gan)


15:20-16:30 Money – Hess’s Criticism of Judaism

Adam Sutcliffe (London)

Moses Hess, Jewish Autocritique, and the Politics of Money

Sharon Gordon (Jerusalem)

Gold is the Language of God: Symbol and Metaphor in Hess’s “Über das Geldwesen”

Chair: Gideon Reuveni (Brighton)


16:50-18:00 The Universal Mission of the Jews

Ofri Ilani (Tel Aviv)

Hess’s “Die heilige Geschichte der Menschheit” and the Place of Jews in Universal History

Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv)

The Historic Mission of Jewish Humanism and its Maskilic Origins

Chair: Willi Goetschel (Toronto / Göttingen)


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Venue: Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, 33 Bustenai Street


9:30-10:50 Rome and Jerusalem (1)

Iveta Leitane (Riga)

‘Socialism’ in ‘Nationalism’ and Vice Versa: The Narratives of Jewish Tradition and Religion in Moses Hess

Lorenzo Santoro (Cosenza)

“Rom und Jerusalem”: Giuseppe Mazzini and Moses Hess: Revolution, Nationalism, and the New Politics within the Boundaries of Religious Discourse

Chair: Gideon Freudenthal (Tel Aviv)


11:10-12:20 Rome and Jerusalem (2)

Kenneth Koltun-Fromm (Haverford)

Visual Authenticity in Moses Hess’s Rome and Jerusalem

Michael K. Silber (Jerusalem)

Languages of Nationalism: The Collective Representation of Jews in Moses Hess’s “Rom und Jerusalem”

Chair: Anja Siegemund (Jerusalem)


13:30-15:10 Jewish Messianism

George Y. Kohler (Beer Sheva)

The Dispute between Moses Hess and Leopold Löw: A Renewed Messianic Thought in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Christian Wiese (Frankfurt am Main)

Moses Hess and Samuel Hirsch on Judaism and Christianity

Mirjam Thulin (Frankfurt am Main)

Moses Hess and Heinrich Graetz: Science, History, and Concepts of the Jewish Nation

Chair: Paul Mendes-Flohr (Jerusalem)


15:30-16:40 The Dialectics of Socialism and Nationalism

Moshe Zuckermann (Tel Aviv)

Georg Lukács on Moses Hess: a Materialist Critique of Idealism 

Mario Kessler (Potsdam)

Moses Hess and the Marxist Discourse since 1945

Chair: Angelika Timm (Tel Aviv)


17:00-18:30 Round Table Twin Revolutions: Socialism and Zionism

Shlomo Avineri (Jerusalem)

David McLellan (Kent)

Anita Shapira (Tel Aviv)

Moshe Zuckermann (Tel Aviv)

Chair: Christian Wiese (Frankfurt am Main)


Conference website:


Free Admission

Limited Number of Seats Available




Poster of conference (PDF).

Invitation 1, 2 (PDF).

New Publication: Cohen, Ottoman Palestine

Cohen, Amnon. Studies on Ottoman Palestine. Variorum Collected Studies Series 983. Aldershot and Burlington, Vt. Ashgate, 2011.




URL:  Click Here



The studies brought together here are based on Amnon Cohen’s many years of research in the archives of the Shari’a courts in Jerusalem, as well as archives in Ankara and Istanbul, London and Paris, complemented and enhanced by travellers’ reports, diplomatic correspondence, and Arab chronicles of the Middle East. Cohen highlights major developments in the economic, demographic and social fields, stretching over four centuries of Ottoman rule in Palestine, from the zenith of military achievements in Europe up to the demise of the empire and conquest of Palestine by the British army in the first World War. These studies are histories of the whole country, stretching from the Mediterranean coasts to the highlands of Jerusalem and beyond, to the Jordan valley. They cover the vicissitudes of both the urban setting and rural hinterland, with special attention equally paid to the diversified nature of the Palestinian population comprised of Jews, Christians and Muslims – and their respective holy places.


Introduction; Part 1 Palestine – Local and International Dimensions: Ottoman involvement in Europe: its relevance for 16th century Palestine; Some conventional concepts of Ottoman administration in the light of a more detailed study: the case of 18th century Palestine; Ottoman rule and the re-emergence of the coast of Palestine; Napoleon and Jezzar: a local perspective. Part 2 Jerusalem – Urban and Economic Developments: The walls of Jerusalem; L’oeuvre de Soliman le Magnifique à Jérusalem: les murailles, la citadelle et leurs moyens de défense; Local trade, international trade and government involvement in Jerusalem during the early Ottoman period; Le rouge et le noir – Jerusalem style; Gold and silver crafting in Ottoman Jerusalem; the role played by the guild; 1516–1917: Haram-i serif – the Temple Mount under Ottoman rule. Part 3 Jerusalem’s Hinterland: Al-Nabi Musa – an Ottoman festival (mawsim) resurrected?; A coffeehouse in 19th century Jerusalem: a precursor of modernization. Part 4 Jews and Jewish Matters: New evidence on demographic change: the Jewish community in 16th century Jerusalem; Communal legal entities in a Muslim setting – theory and practice: the Jewish community in 16th-century Jerusalem; Ottoman sources for the history of the Ottoman Jews: how important?; Ritual murder accusations against the Jews during the days of Suleiman the Magnificent; A tale of two women: facets of Jewish life in 19th-century Jerusalem as seen through the Muslim court records; The Jews under Islam c.1500 – today. Part 5 Christians and Christianity: On the realities of the millet system: Jerusalem in the 16th century; The Ottoman approach to Christians and Christianity in 16th-century Jerusalem; The expulsion of the Franciscans from Mount Zion: old documents and new interpretations; The receding of the Christian presence in the Holy Land: a 19th-century sijill in the light of the 16th-century tahrirs; Index.

About the Author

Professor Amnon Cohen holds the Eliahu Elath Chair for the History of the Muslim Peoples at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was the recipient of the Israel Prize in 2007.

Cite: Feldman, Conflict and Christianity on the Road to Bethlehem

Feldman, Jackie. “Abraham the Settler, Jesus the Refugee: Contemporary Conflict and Christianity on the Road to Bethlehem.” History & Memory 23.1 (2011): 62-95.





By examining tour brochures, practices of landscape display, posters and tour guiding narrations, I seek to understand how Bethlehem and the "separation wall" between Jerusalem and Bethlehem are integrated into the experience of Western Christian pilgrims of a variety of theological orientations. I argue that current practices of display and narration promote particular political views of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and lend them authority by saturating them with particular Christian meanings and associations. The study contributes to our understanding of pilgrimage as a site of contested discourses in which local actors sacralize the landscape while making their understandings of the conflict seem self-evident and divinely justified.

ToC: Israel Affairs 16,4 (Benedict XVI, Israel and the Jews)

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Israel Affairs: Volume 16 Issue 4 is now available online at informaworldTM.
Special Issue: Benedict XVI, Israel and the Jews
This new issue contains the following articles:

Original Articles

Pope Benedict XVI: a cautious approach to Middle East peace
Pages 467 – 480

Author: J. T. Pawlikowski

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511798

Benedict and Israel: the possibilities of friendship
Pages 481 – 495

Author: Christophe F. Potworowski

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511799

Back to the Ice Age? The Roman Catholic Church and Judaism
Pages 496 – 509

Author: Walter Homolka

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511800

Spiritual infrastructure: memory and moral resources
Pages 510 – 534

Author: Clemens Sedmak

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511801

Pope Benedict XVI and the Jews: a relationship under suspicion?
Pages 535 – 561

Author: Hans Hermann Henrix

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511803

Pope Benedict XVI within the context of Israel and Holy See relations
Pages 562 – 578

Author: Mordechay Lewy

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511804

The Court of the Gentiles
Pages 579 – 598

Author: Daniel Blackman

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511807

Letter From Israel

Benedict XVI, the Jewish people and the State of Israel
Pages 599 – 605

Author: David Rosen

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.511808


Editorial Board
Pages ebi – 1

DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2010.513824

Cite: Dart, Christianity, Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Dart, Ron "Christianity, Zionism and Anti-Semitism." Holy Land Studies 9.2 (2010): 239-243.



Review article of William Nicholls, Christian Antisemitism: A History of Hate (London: Jason Aronson Inc., 1993). Pp. 499. Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-1568215198.


Don Lewis, The Origins of Christian Zionism: Lord Shaftesbury and Evangelical Support for a Jewish Homeland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Pp. 380. Hardcover. ISBN-13: 978-0521515184.

Cite: Abbasi, Nazareth in the War for Palestine

Abbasi, Mustafa. "Nazareth in the War for Palestine: The Arab City that Survived the 1948 Nakba." Holy Land Studies 9.2 (2010): 185-207.




Nazareth is the largest Palestinian Arab city inside Israel and one of the holiest Christian cities on earth. In the New Testament the town is described as the childhood home of Jesus and as such is a centre of Christian shrines and pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical events. Although according to the 1947 UN Partition plan the city was part of the Palestinian Arab state, it was conquered in 1948 by the Israeli army and annexed to the Israeli state. On 16 July, three days after the mass expulsion of the Palestinian cities of Lydda and Ramle by the Israeli army, Nazareth surrendered to Jewish forces and its inhabitants were allowed to remain in situ. In 1948 the Zionist attitude towards the Palestinian Christian communities in Galilee was generally less aggressive than the attitude towards the local Palestinian Muslims. This article addresses the question: how and why did Nazareth survive the 1948 Nakba and mass expulsion of Palestinians from the Galilee? While exploring this Christian dimension, the article focuses on the key roles played by the Muslim Mayor Yusuf al-Fahum, Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ben-Gurion and army commanders involved in deciding the fate of the city.