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Editorial Board

Adnan Abdelrazek

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Daniel Bar-Tal

Walid Salem

Galia Golan

Gershon Baskin

Hind Khoury

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Moshe Maoz

Munther Dajani

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

Lucy Nusseibah

Meir Margalit

Menachem Klein

Ali Abu Shahla

Ilan Baruch

Hanna Siniora

Yehudit Oppenheimer

Mossi Raz

Susie Becher

Frances Raday

National Identity
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Table of Contents


  • Identities: Conflict or Conciliation?
         by Daniel Bar-Tal

  • Statement by PIJ: At the Edge of an Abyss

  • Conference Report

  • Quest for Dialogue: An Italian View
         by Antonio Badini

  • Inter-Jewish Challenges to Israeli Identity
          Basic changes in Israeli society since 1948 have eroded the status of the old Labor elite, opening the way to fierce conflict between religious and liberal conceptions of Israeli national identity.
         by Yoav Peled

  • Reflections on Writing the History of Palestinian Identity
          A nation’s narration presents both a vision of the past and a foundation for viewing the future, though the construction of Palestinian identity poses other challenges
         by Issam Nassar

  • Borderline Collective Consciousness
          The symbolic role of the border for Israeli identity underlines Israeli notions for unilateral separation.
         by Dani Rabinowitz

  • Historical Dynamics Shaping Palestinian National Identity
          The historical and ideological forces that shaped Palestinian national identity from the beginning of the twentieth century to the Al Aqsa Intifada.
         by Manuel Hassassian

  • Outsiders’ Identities: Are the Realities of "Inside Palestinians" Reconcilable?
          The essence of the Palestinian Israeli experience since the establishment of Israel has been rejection, exclusion and inequality. The events of October 2000 may have caused irreparable damage to a frayed relationship.
         by Nadim M. Rouhana

  • Parallel Strategies in Israeli and Palestinian Experience
          As historical traumas and experiences of victimization, the Jewish Shoah (holocaust) and the Palestinian Nakba (disaster) sanctioned the passage to homogeneity.
         by Ada Lonni

  • Jewishness and Israeliness
          For both the religious and secularists, Israeliness has come to be considered outside of Jewishness and Jewishness outside of Israeliness.
         by Eliezer Schweid

  • Separating Religion from National Identity: Interview
          How the link between religion and nationality is unhealthy and immoral, and why nationality cannot depend on religion.
         by Avraham B.Yehoshua

  • Israel’s Shifting Identity
          The myth of Israel as the "state of the Jewish people" may in the course of time give way to Israel as the "state of its citizens."
         by Boas Evron

  • The Cana’anite Factor: (Un) Defining Religious Identities in Palestine and Israel
          How the politicization of religion leads to polarization and inherited stereotypes about "Arabs," ’1ews" and "Muslims," and why a cultural perspective based on real history may hold promise.
         by Basem L. Ra’ad

  • Emergence, Narratives, Perspectives
          Israelis and Palestinians discuss the content and meaning of their national identities and the relationship between them.

  • The "Jerusalemite" Question (Part 2)
          The second part of an article raising the question why there are so few Jerusalemites in Jerusalem.
         by Michael Safier

    Review Essay
  • America as Palestine or as Israel?
          American Palestine by Hilton Obenzinger, reviewed by Basem Ra’ad How, in nineteenth century travel writing, fundamentalists created a "sacred geography" of the Holy Land, providing the background for a settler-colonial project.
         by Basem L. Ra’ad

  • The Palestinian Labor Market in Israel: Between Globalization and Intifada
          Local, regional and global factors behind the decline of the Palestinian labor market.
         by Yael Epstein

  • Land, Heritage and Identity of the Palestinian People
          Palestinian heritage developed over many centuries in a variety of ways, under the umbrella of the land.
         by Majdi Shomali

  • National Identity on a Plate
          Food offers a luminous window into the illusive concept of national identity.
         by Yael Raviv

  • Culture in the Time of Tolerance
          How Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in Al-Andalus for nearly eight centuries, until 1492.
         by Maria Rosa Menocal

  • Arab League Initiative, 28 March 2002
          There is a Choice: A Call by IDF Reservists, 25 January 2002 Declaration of Conscience by South Africans of Jewish Descent, 23 October 2001

  • There is a Choice: A Call by IDF Reservists, 25 January 2002

  • Declaration of Conscience by South Africans of Jewish Descent, 23 October 2001

    Chronology of Events
  • 1 July 2001 to 1 January 2002
          Prepared by Najat Hirbawi

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