Reviews: Hermann, The Israeli Peace Movement. A Shattered Dream

Hermann, Tamar S. The Israeli Peace Movement. A Shattered Dream. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.




Steinberg, Gerald M. “Review.” Middle East Quarterly 17.3 (2010): 81.

Gidron, Benjamin. “Review.” Shofar 29.3 (2011): 180-182.

Darweish, Marwan. “Review.” Peace Review 23.1 (2011): 123-126.

Hrynkow, Christopher. “Review.” Peace & Change 37.4 (2012): 609-611.

Cite: Gavriely-Nuri, Language of Israeli ‘Peace’

Gavriely-Nuri, Dalia. "The idiosyncratic language of Israeli ‘peace’: A Cultural Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CCDA)." Discourse & Society 21.5 (2010): 565-585.





Combining peace studies, cultural studies and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), this study demonstrates a Cultural approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CCDA) of political peace discourses. Inspired by the UNESCO definition for the ‘culture of peace’, the study offers two peace discourse models: a supportive peace discourse versus an oppressive one. From a theoretical perspective, CCDA enables a culturally comparative study of ‘peace’, its conceptual boundaries and semantic margins. From a practical perspective, application of such an approach within ‘local’ discourses may remove unique obstacles and cultural barriers to the realization of peace processes. Application of the CCDA to Israel’s political peace discourse revealed that use of the term in this discourse served two purposes: first, the construction of the Israeli speaker’s positive self-image as a peace-seeker together with delegitimation of rivals; and second, the facilitation of public acceptance of strategically problematic actions, primarily use of military violence, by their presentation as part of the peace discourse.

Cite: Hermann, Pacifism and Anti-Militarism in Israel

Hermann, Tamar. "Pacifism and Anti-Militarism in the Period Surrounding the Birth of the State of Israel." Israel Studies 15,2 (2010): 127-148.





The article focuses on groups and individuals who promoted the ideological options of anti-militarism and pacifism in the period immediately preceding the birth of the State of Israel and during its first decade. It presents the struggles of the Ihud group against the spreading of the Masada myth and positioning the IDF at the center of the Israeli collective cognition and of the Organization of War Resisters in Israel against the universal conscription and legal negation of the conscientious objection option. It sheds light on the long-forgotten absolute pacifism of two individuals—Natan Hofshi and Yosef Abilea—who were involved in the above organizations but also preached against what they saw as the dangerous taking over of the militaristic state of mind in the late pre-state days and early statehood.

ToC: Israel Studies 15,2 (2010)

 Israel Studies Volume 15, Number 2, Summer 2010

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Israel Studies

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Zionist Dialectics

Post-Post-Zionist Historiography

Assaf Likhovski

pp. 1-23

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Palestine Under the Mandate

Teaching the Children to Play: The Establishment of the First Playgrounds in Palestine During the Mandate

Zipora Shehory-Rubin
Shifra Shvarts

pp. 24-48

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Bedouin, Abdül Hamid II, British Land Settlement, and Zionism: The Baysan Valley and Sub-district 1831-1948

Ruth Kark
Seth J. Frantzman

pp. 49-79

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Reception of the Developmental Approach in the Jewish Economic Discourse of Mandatory Palestine, 1934-1938

Arie Krampf

pp. 80-103

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Diverging Goals: The French and Israeli Pursuit of the Bomb, 1958-1962

Gadi Heiman

pp. 104-126

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Pacifism and Anti-Militarism in the Period Surrounding the Birth of the State of Israel

Tamar Hermann

pp. 127-148

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From Warfare to Withdrawal: The Legacy of Ariel Sharon

Yael S. Aronoff

pp. 149-172

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Mass Mobilization to Direct Engagement: American Jews’ Changing Relationship to Israel

Theodore Sasson

pp. 173-195

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Constructing Literate Israelis: A Critical Analysis of Adult Literacy Texts

Esther Schely-Newman

pp. 196-214

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Cite: Lavie, De/Racinated Transcendental Conversions

Lavie, Smadar. “De/Racinated Transcendental Conversions: Witchcraft, Oracle and Magic among the Israeli Feminist Left Peace Camp.” Holy Land Studies 9,1 (2010): 71-80.

Drawn from the ethnography of Mizrahi feminist activism, my essay partakes of Michael Selzer’s 1967 monumental The Aryanisation of the Jewish State. It analyses the oratory process through which Israel’s feminist ‘Peace Camp’ racinates the question of Palestine. While this campwhich is almost 100 percent upper middle class Ashkenaziopens up for the Palestinian nationalist feminist, allowing her space between her ‘nation’ and ‘race’, it manages to transcend its colonialist deracination of the Mizrahim, Israel’s demographic non-European majority. The essay argues that the racinated Mizrahi is not allowed to enter either the peace-club or any sites of the tight-knit Israeli cultural-economic elites promoting the Oslo Peace Process. Such deracinated peace-witchcraft is rarely practised to improve the disenfranchised lived realities of most (poor) Mizrahim, who often resort to charities, right-wing and/or ultra-orthodox by default. Paradoxically, however, these progressive feminists admit their bounds of race through the appropriation of postmodern-queer-multicultural-border postures to apologise for their domination of the public peace sphere.



Keywords: Ethnic Divide, Mizrahim / Ashkenazim Rift, Israel: Sociology, Israel: Religion, Peace: Israeli Peace Movements, Racism, סמדר לביא

ToC: Israel Affairs 16, 1 (2010)

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Israel Affairs: Volume 16 Issue 1 is now available online at informaworldTM.

Special Issue: Israel’s 2009 Election

Original Articles

The 2009 Knesset elections: a foreign affairs perspective
Pages 1 – 13

Authors: Shmuel Sandler; Hillel Frisch

The run-up to the elections: a political history of the 2009 campaign
Pages 14 – 30

Author: Manfred Gerstenfeld

Kadima goes back: the limited power of vagueness
Pages 31 – 50

Author: Giora Goldberg

The Likud: the struggle for the centre
Pages 51 – 68

Author: Abraham Diskin

The decline of the Labour party
Pages 69 – 81

Author: Efraim Inbar

Stability in the Haredi camp and upheavals in nationalist Zionism: an analysis of the religious parties in the 2009 elections
Pages 82 – 104

Authors: Asher Cohen; Bernard Susser

The Israel Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party between the mainstream and ‘Russian’ community politics
Pages 105 – 123

Author: Vladimir (Ze’ev) Khanin

Arab Israeli citizens in the 2009 elections: between Israeli citizenship and Palestinian Arab identity
Pages 124 – 141

Author: David Koren



Peace and security in the 2009 election
Pages 142 – 164

Author: Jonathan Rynhold

Corruption again, and again not decisive
Pages 165 – 178

Author: Ira Sharkansky

Israel’s religious vote in comparative perspective: an Africanist analysis
Pages 179 – 200

Author: William F. S. Miles


Keywords: Israel: Political System, Israel: Politics, Elections, Elections 2009, Peace: Israeli Peace Movements, Religious-Secular Divide, Israel: Religion, Israeli Palestinians, Ultra-Orthodox / Haredi, Zionism, Russian Immigrants, Labour Party, Likkud Party, Kadima Party, Ehud Barak, Binyamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman

Cite: Weinbaum, Voices from the Kibbutz


Weinbaum, Batya. "Voices from the Kibbutz: Four Mothers, New Profile, and Women in Black." The European Legacy 15,1 (2010): 55-69.



Abstract: If there is any social organization that has provided a powerful illustration of the permeable boundaries between social politics—defined by Stephen M. Buechler as ‘‘forms of collective action that challenge power relations without an explicit focus on the state’’—and social movements, and the role of collective identity in transforming either, as defined for women by Betty Friedan—it would be the Israeli kibbutz movement. The research presented here on grassroots Israeli women activists, a significant proportion of whom had grown up or had lived in a kibbutz, suggests that the social politics of everyday life on a kibbutz facilitated women’s participation in larger social movements for peace, but also placed constraints on their activism. Many of these women had left or were in the process of leaving the kibbutz between 1989 and 1999, when this research was conducted. Those who had already left, and anchor women who organized urban demonstrations, saw the kibbutz as a conservative anti-woman force. Nonetheless, evidence gathered from qualitative interviewing with them suggests that the kibbutzim supported women who were politically active on national issues. Several women-led social protest movements illustrate how the kibbutz geared its members to think about the interplay of the moral and social orders in the small spaces of everyday life.




Keywords: Kibbutz Movement, Israel: Society, Gender, Israel: Politics, Israeli Left Wing, Peace: Israeli Peace Movements, נשים בשחור, קיבוץ, פרופיל חדש, ארבע אמהות