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Israel Studies

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Interviews with scholars of Israel about their new books.

Peter Bergamin, "The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)

June 10, 2024

The Making of the Israeli Far-Right

Peter Bergamin
Hosted by Yaacov Yadgar

Peter Bergamin’s, new book, The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology (I. B. Tauris, 2019), is an intellectual biography …

Asaf Elia-Shalev, "Israel's Black Panthers: The Radicals Who Punctured a Nation's Founding Myth" (U California Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

Israel's Black Panthers

Asaf Elia-Shalev
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

Asaf Elia-Shalev's book Israel's Black Panthers: The Radicals Who Punctured a Nation's Founding Myth (U California Press, 2024) tells the story of the…

Thomas Sparr, "German Jerusalem: The Remarkable Life of a German-Jewish Neighbourhood in the Holy City" (Haus Publishers, 2021)

June 4, 2024

German Jerusalem

Thomas Sparr
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

In the 1920s, before the establishment of the state of Israel, a group of German Jews settled in a garden city on the outskirts of Jerusalem. During…

Benjamin Balint, "Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy" (Norton, 2019)

June 3, 2024

Kafka's Last Trial

Benjamin Balint
Hosted by Yakir Englander

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfill Kafka’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscript…

Seyed Ali Alavi, "Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, and Future" (Routledge, 2019)

May 27, 2024

Iran and Palestine

Seyed Ali Alavi
Hosted by Yaacov Yadgar

In Iran and Palestine: Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2019), Seyed Ali Alavi (SOAS University of London) surveys the history of the relationship…

Lisa Bhungalia, "Elastic Empire: Refashioning War Through Aid in Palestine" (Stanford UP, 2023)

May 15, 2024

Elastic Empire

Lisa Bhungalia
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

The United States integrated counterterrorism mandates into its aid flows in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the early years of the global war on …

What does Biden’s temporary suspension of offensive arms transfers mean for US-Israeli relations?

May 13, 2024

What does Biden’s temporary suspension of offensive arms transfers mean for US-Israeli relations?

Charles Blaha

Charles Blaha, a former State Department expert on the vetting of U.S. weapons transfers to other countries, helps us understand this important moment…

David Tal, "The Making of an Alliance: The Origins and Development of the US-Israel Relationship" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

May 8, 2024

The Making of an Alliance

David Tal
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

Laying the foundation for an understanding of US-Israeli relations, this lively and accessible book provides critical background on the origins and de…

Sami Hermez with Sireen Sawalha, "My Brother, My Land: A Story from Palestine" (Redwood Press, 2024)

May 7, 2024

My Brother, My Land

Sami Hermez with Sireen Sawalha
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

My Brother, My Land: A Story from Palestine (Redwood Press, 2024) is a riveting and unapologetic account of Palestinian resistance, the story of one f…

The Rhetoric of Crisis in Israel-Palestine: A Discussion with Amos Goldberg

May 1, 2024

The Rhetoric of Crisis in Israel-Palestine

Amos Goldberg

This week, RBI Director John Torpey speaks with Amos Goldberg, Professor of Holocaust History at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jew…

Brothers and Sisters for Israel (“Achim Baneshek”): A Conversation with Ronen Koehler

April 1, 2024

Brothers and Sisters for Israel (“Achim Baneshek”)

Ronen Koehler
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

How does an organization change in an instant, shift its focus and mission in response to a new reality? One volunteer organization did just that. I…

Yaacov Nir, "Establishment and History of the Cyprus Detention Camps for Jewish Refugees (1946-1949) (Cambridge Scholars, 2024)

March 19, 2024

Establishment and History of the Cyprus Detention Camps for Jewish Refugees (1946-1949).

Yaacov Nir
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Yaacov Nir's Establishment and History of the Cyprus Detention Camps for Jewish Refugees (1946-1949) (Cambridge Scholars, 2024) explores the nature of…

On America’s Blind Spot Towards the Palestinians: A Discussion with author Khaled Elgindy

March 9, 2024

On America’s Blind Spot Towards the Palestinians

Khaled Elgindy
Hosted by Paul Starobin

In their handling of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process over the decades, U.S. officials have displayed a “systemic blind spot” by alleviating pres…

Sarah A. Cramsey, "Uprooting the Diaspora: Jewish Belonging and the Ethnic Revolution in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936-1946" (Indiana UP, 2023)

March 9, 2024

Uprooting the Diaspora

Sarah A. Cramsey

In Uprooting the Diaspora: Jewish Belonging and the Ethnic Revolution in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936-1946 (Indiana UP, 2023), Sarah Cramsey explor…

Jewish War Ethics, Ancient to Contemporary: A Conversation with Rabbi Shlomo Brody

February 13, 2024

Jewish War Ethics, Ancient to Contemporary

Shlomo Brody
Hosted by Annika Nordquist

How should we think about violent accounts in the Bible? Why did Gandhi urge the Jews to turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism during World War II? What i…

On Zionism and the Left: A Discussion with Author and Cultural Critic Susie Linfield

January 22, 2024

On Zionism and the Left

Susie Linfield
Hosted by Paul Starobin

“How has it come to this? How has ‘Zionist’…become the dirtiest word to the international Left?” Susie Linfield poses that ripe question at the outse…

Yitzhak Teutsch, "The Cyprus Detention Camps: The Essential Research Guide" (Cambridge Scholars, 2019)

January 18, 2024

The Cyprus Detention Camps

Yitzhak Teutsch
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Beginning in August 1946, stateless and visaless Jews, most of them survivors of the Nazi death camps, who sought to immigrate to the Land of Israel w…

What Can We Learn From A Pottery Shard? Uncovering the Ancient Past Through Biblical Archeology with Professor Aren Maeir

January 17, 2024

What Can We Learn From A Pottery Shard?

Aren Maeir
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

Some people are good at what they do, some are enthusiastic about their work. This guest brings both to bear in his exploration of the ancient past.…

Geoffrey Levin, "Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent, 1948-1978" (Yale UP, 2023)

January 16, 2024

Our Palestine Question

Geoffrey Levin
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

American Jews began debating Palestinian rights issues even before Israel’s founding in 1948. Geoffrey Levin recovers the voices of American Jews who,…

Uri Kaufman, "Eighteen Days in October: The Yom Kippur War and How It Created the Modern Middle East" (St. Martin's Press, 2023)

January 15, 2024

Eighteen Days in October

Uri Kaufman
Hosted by Drora Arussy

October 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, a conflict that shaped the modern Middle East. The War was a trauma for Israel, a dange…