New Article: Rein & Ofer, Jewish Volunteers from Palestine in the Spanish Civil War

Rein, Raanan, and Inbal Ofer. “Becoming Brigadistas: Jewish Volunteers from Palestine in the Spanish Civil War.” European History Quarterly 46.1 (2016): 92-112.





Nearly two hundred men and women left Mandatory Palestine between the years 1936–1938 in order to defend the Second Spanish Republic. Despite the expressions of solidarity with the Spanish Republic, most of the political parties in the Jewish Yishuv were against sending youth from Palestine to join the International Brigades. The goal of strengthening the Jewish presence in Palestine was given priority over and above international solidarity or the anti-Fascist struggle. Therefore, most of the volunteers were Jewish members of the Palestine Communist Party.

This article relies on autobiographical writings, individual testimonies and personal correspondence, analysed here for the first time. It is here that the private voices of the Jewish men and women who left Palestine in order to fight against the nationalist rebellion in Spain ring more clearly. The paper examines the history of these Jewish volunteers, their motivations, and the process that they went through from the time they left Palestine until they became active members of the International Brigades.

As Communists, most volunteers who left Palestine to fight in Spain tended to emphasize the international solidarity of the working class and similar universalistic motivations. The idea of affirming their Jewish identity was alien to them. Reading their letters and testimonies, however, it becomes clear that their ethnic identity as Jews was certainly a key factor in their decision to risk their lives in the Spanish fratricide.




New Article: Waichman et al, Reciprocity in Labor Market Relationships

Waichman, Israel, Ch’ng Kean Siang, Till Requate, Aric P. Shafran, Eva Camacho-Cuena, Yoshio Iida, and Shosh Shahrabani. “Reciprocity in Labor Market Relationships: Evidence from an Experiment across High-Income OECD Countries.” Games 6.4 (2015): 473-94.





We study differences in behavior across countries in a labor market context. To this end, we conducted a bilateral gift-exchange experiment comparing the behavior of subjects from five high-income OECD countries: Germany, Spain, Israel, Japan and the USA. We observe that in all countries, effort levels are increasing while rejection rates are decreasing in wage offers. However, we also find considerable differences in behavior across countries in both one-shot and repeated relationships, the most striking between Germany and Spain. We also discuss the influence of socio-economic indicators and the implications of our findings.



New Article: Brown, Re-examining the Transnational Nanny

Brown, Rachel H. “Re-examining the Transnational Nanny. Migrant Carework beyond the Chain.” International Feminist Journal of Politics (early view; online first).





This article explores whether the concept of a global care chain is useful in understanding the migration of careworkers internationally. It examines how an affective approach to understanding migration could supplement the care chain analysis by accounting for the overlapping, shifting, contingent and non-linear networks of emotion that arise during migrations. Analyzing carework through the lens of an “affective economy” is more revealing of the multiple experiences of Filipino gay and transgender caregivers in Tel Aviv and New York, Peruvian careworkers in Spain and Polish careworkers in Germany, as but three brief, illustrative examples. First I will discuss what the care chain approach can illuminate about the multiple and varied stories of migrant careworkers and how it may also essentialize or oversimplify their experiences. I will then suggest that the model naturalizes the caring, biological mother and reinforces geographical and ideological binaries such as North/South, winner/loser and domination/dependency. Finally, I will discuss how the care chain model presents a linear conception of time and space, obscuring the overlapping and multi-directional routes of migration that careworkers travel. Ultimately I will argue that an affective approach creates the theoretical language that can help build what Chela Sandoval calls a coalitional consciousness.


ToC: Israel Studies 17.1 (2012)

Between Rehovot and Tehran—Gideon Hadary’s Secret Diplomacy

pp. 1-23 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0008

Uri Bialer

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A Belated Inclusion: Jewish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War and Their Place in the Israeli National Narrative

pp. 24-49 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0010

Raanan Rein

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The Question of Palestine Before the International Community, 1924: A Methodological Inquiry into the Charge of "Bias"

pp. 50-77 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0001

Jonathan Gribetz

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Contested Indigeneity: The Development of an Indigenous Discourse on the Bedouin of the Negev, Israel

pp. 78-104 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0003

Seth J. Frantzman, Havatzelet Yahel, Ruth Kark

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The Modesty Campaigns of Rabbi Amram Blau and the Neturei Karta Movement, 1938-1974

pp. 105-129 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0005

Motti Inbari

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Between Negation and Engagement: America’s Changing Image in the Israeli Novel

pp. 130-156 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0006

Matthew M. Silver

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From Hebrew Folksong to Israeli Song: Language and Style in Naomi Shemer’s Lyrics

pp. 157-179 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0007

Yael Reshef

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British Pan-Arab Policy, 1915-1922: A Critical Appraisal (review)

pp. 180-183 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0009

James Renton

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Culture Change in a Bedouin Tribe; The ‘Arab al-Hgerât, Lower Galilee, A.D. 1790-1977 (review)

pp. 184-185 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0000

Gideon Kressel

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pp. 186-188 | DOI: 10.1353/is.2012.0002

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