Subject Area: Israel: Ancient & Modern

Anthology of Israeli Drama for the New Millennium
 Taub, Michael
2004 0-7734-6307-0 460 pages
This book is a collection of Israeli plays translated into English and published for the first time. These new works covers the period of the 1990s, which is where the plays in the author’s previous collections left off. These plays have now become classics. They have not only been chosen for their popularity, but for how they touch on burning issues of the day including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, religious fanaticism and the post-Zionist ideology of current Israeli society.

How They Reported the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah and Israeli-Hamas Wars
 Tischauser, Jeffrey
2010 0-7734-3901-3 208 pages
This research compares the New York Times news coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006 (July War) and the Israeli-Gaza conflict of 2006 (Operation Summer Rain) with war coverage as reported by the Chicago Tribune and theWashington Times,. Using Herman and Chomsky’s (1988) Propaganda Model and Edward Said’s (1994) notion of Orientalism, this research investigates the range of permitted opinion and the representations of Arabs and Muslims in news articles.

Arab Relations with Jewish Immigrants and Israel 1891-1991 the Hundred Years' Conflict
 Weissbrod, Lilly
1992 0-7734-9461-8 236 pages
A concise description of the Arab-Israeli conflict, followed by an analysis of the targets sought by the Arab parties to the conflict, of the ideologies to which the Arabs have been adhering, and the crisis of conflict due to ideological differences. This book differs from others on the subject in that it researches the conflict over its entire duration of one hundred years and seeks a single explanation for its major events.

Ashraf Marwan, Israel’s Most Valuable Spy: How the Mossad Recruited Nasser’s Own Son-In-Law
 Kahana, Ephraim
2010 0-7734-3612-X 196 pages
This biography of Ashraf Marwan provides valuable information about the Israeli intelligence community. In particular, it examines how Mossad recruits and manages agents.

Ashraf Marwan was born in 1944 and earned his doctoral degree in the United Kingdom. In the mid-1970s, Ashraf Marwan became a businessman in London. Later Marwan was made chief of staff to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. While serving in this position, he volunteered to spy for Israel. In 2002, Marwan's relationship with Israeli intelligence was revealed in 2002. It remains unclear whether Marwan was an Israeli spy or an Egyptian double agent.

Class Mobility Trends in Israeli Society, 1974-1991
 Yaish, Meir
2004 0-7734-6389-5 316 pages
This book engages in the ongoing debate concerning the consequences of the industrialization process for social mobility. At the heart of this debate is the ‘liberal thesis’ which states that the industrialization process brings about not only more opportunity for social mobility, but also more equality of opportunity while social selection processes become more meritocratic. The social context for this study is Israeli society.

Critical Appraisal of the Origin and Nature of the Institution of the Monarchy in Israel in the Light of Eric Voegelin’s Theory of Symbolic Forms
 Nolan, Caroline J.
2003 0-7734-6682-7 316 pages
This interdisciplinary study uses Voegelin’s ‘Theory of Symbolic Forms’ as a framework from which to study the development of the monarchy in Israel in its move from compactness to differentiation. The study offers an explanation of the contradictions that the ambivalence of the monarchy presents. Old Testament scholars to date have ignored or not given due attention to Voegelin’s Theory of Symbolic Forms. That is unfortunate, because by going beyond the philological preoccupations of Scripture scholars, Voegelin goes right to the heart of the ‘meaning’ of the texts. Voegelin connects the Old Testament symbolism to human experience and shows that it is still relevant to the contemporary world. This study is in keeping with the recent contemporary shift from historical criticism to narrative criticism in Biblical studies and its application to the biblical domain provides a new method and approach that should be of benefit not only to philosophers and biblical exegetes, but also to theologians, historians, political scientists and scholars of ancient civilizations.

Health and Disease in the Holy Land Studies in the History and Sociology of Medicine From Ancient Times to the Present
 Waserman, Manfred
1996 0-7734-8764-6 500 pages
Chapters include: Paleopathology in the Middle East; Hygiene and Health Care in the Bible; Public Health in the Holy Land - Classical Influence and its Legacy; Health and Healing in Medieval Muslim Palestine; Disease to Death during the Crusades; Medicine in the Crusaders' Kingdom of Jerusalem; Pilgrims, Crusades and Plagues; Ottoman Palestine (1516-1800) - Health, Disease and Historical Sources; Sir Moses Montefiore and Medical Philanthropy in the Holy Land; Hospitals and European Colonial Policies in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries; Henrietta Szold - American Progressivism, Zionism and Modern Public Health; British Public Health Policy in Palestine, 1918-1947; Kupat Holim and Jewish Health Services during the Mandate; The Hadassah Medical Organization - Critical Years, 1928-1959 - Oral History Interviews with Dr. Eli Davis; The Conquest of Malaria; Judea-Samaria and Gaza - 25 Years of Changing Health, 1967-1992; Health and Disease in Israel, 1948-1994

Hellenistic Temple at Tel Beersheva
 Derfler, Steven L.
1993 0-7734-9301-8 328 pages
As we learn more about cultic tradition of ancient Israel, and the carryovers into the Hellenistic world, the site of Beersheva grows in importance. Long a site of cultic significance, the excavations revealed the only full-sized Israelite horned altar of the 10th-8th centuries BCE, and the probable location of only the second confirmed temple complex (archaeologically) of ancient Israel's monarchy. Between 1973-1975, a temple complex was cleared dating to the late Hellenistic/Hasmonean era of the 3rd-2nd centuries BCE. Starting life as a pagan place of worship, it was later converted and cleansed during the reign of John Hyrcanus I. This archaeological evidence helps us to understand the development of Jewish syncretic religion in the face of Hellenism, and to clarify and confirm the accounts of John Hyrcanus I.

Mythical Expressions of Siege in Israeli Films
 Ben-Shaul, Nitzan
1997 0-7734-8608-9 156 pages
This study presents a comprehensive analysis of Israeli film and society, in particular, the mythical expression of siege, from 1948 to the present. It examines the Israeli-Palestine conflict, Zionist-Socialism, Zionist Statism, post Six Day War Euphoria, the Israeli Left, and Ethnic Fusion vs. Ethnic Fission.

A Profile of the Al-Quds Intifada
 Bartal, Shaul
2017 1-4955-0576-6 168 pages
"Lone-wolf" attacks by terrorist organization members are not a new weapon in the terrorist arsenal in the history of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Hamas and the PIJ have used the "lone-wolf" method during the the first intifada, especially between the years 1990-1992 after difficult demonstrations on the Temple Mount on October 8, 1990. There are books and articles published by Hamas and PIJ that clearly define this terror method not as a "lone-wold" or "leaderless resistance" attack but as an act carried out by a member of an organization who has the support and encouragement of his organization.

Political Graffiti on the West Bank Wall in Israel / Palestine
 Olberg, Steven T.
2012 0-7734-4070-4 352 pages
Based on field research conducted by the author in 2008, the book consists of a careful examination of graffiti written on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides of the Israel-built “separation wall”; and interviews with people about the graffiti. This shows how different sides of the conflict view the conflict itself and details the various ways that graffiti can represent political strife.

Relations Between the Bedouins and the Jewish Settlement in Palestine During the British Mandate (1918-1948)
 Suwaed, Mohammad
2014 0-7734-4235-9 536 pages
A ground breaking definitive history highlighting the fascinating relationship of the Bedouins’ coexistence with Jewish Zionists during the British mandate years 1918-1948.

The Success and Failure of the Anglo- American Committee of Inquiry, 1945-1946: Last Chance in Palestine
 Podet, Allen Howard
1987 0-88946-255-0 384 pages
Provides an almost minute-by-minute examination and assessment of the Anglo-American Committee and its recommendations on the postwar status of European Jews.

U. S. Aid to Israel and Its Reflection in the New York Times and the Washington Post 1948-1973. The Pen, the Sword, and the Middle East
 Zucker, Bat-Ami
1992 0-7734-9435-9 188 pages
With the assistance of the Faculty for Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel The study describes and analyzes the press's reaction to the events in the Middle East at critical stages of the evolving relationship within the context of the broader regional and international systems. These findings are crucial to understanding the attitudes toward Israel that prevailed in America during the period examined. The New York Times and The Washington Post were singled out because they are considered the most prestigious and influential papers both in the United States and abroad. In order to achieve a comprehensive evaluation of these papers' attitudes toward U.S. aid policy vis-a-vis Israel, every editorial and commentary that appeared in each paper during the entire period was examined.

Yasser Arafat and the Politics of Paranoia
 Bukay, David
2005 0-7734-6142-6 420 pages