Events: 2016-2017

Bedouin Relocation, Negev Land Disputes, and Israeli Government Policies
Featuring Morad ElsanaM

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 4120

In January, the Israeli government attempted to demolish the Negev Bedouin village of Ummal-Hiran to create a Jewish town on the site, resulting in three deaths. This is only the most recent incident in the long-running series of land disputes between the Bedouin and the state. This presentation will focus on the state’s planning policy in the Negev and its consequences for Jewish-Bedouin coexisitence.

Israel in Morocco: Toursim, Cultural Conversation and Normalization Debates in Morocco, 1960s – Present
Featuring Aomar Boum

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 2118

How do Jews from Morocco see their heritage and relationship with Morocco today? And how does the Moroccan government see the Jewish citizens?

Israel’s Responses to Communist and Leftist Antagonism, 1967-1989
Featuring Professor Jeffrey Herf

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Bioscience Research Building (BRB), Room 1103

From the Six Day War of 1967 to the end of the Cold War in 1987, the Soviet bloc, the East German government, and West German organizations of the radical left attacked the state of Israel’s moral legitimacy, justified terrorist attackas against it and supplied Israel’s enemies with weapons and training. This talk recalls those assaults but focuses on Jewish leaders in West Germany and Israeli leaders and officals’ response, mainly the intervention of Israel’s Ambassadors in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.

The Socio-Economic Logic of Israeli Settlements
Featuring Dr. Danny Gutwein

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Bioscience Research Building (BRB), Room 1103

What is the relationship between the settlements in the occupied territories and Israeli neoliberalsim? It’s often not recognized that the settlement project developed in parallel with the dismantling of the Israeli welfare state. The settlements offer generous social services that have been privatized in “Israel proper”. They help to mitigate the efforts of the privatization of the Israeli welfare state and thus garner political support for the continuation of the Occupation.

Fertile by Yakir Eliahu Vaknin
Translated by Natalie Fainstein

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Ulrich Hall, Tawes Building

Israeli Stage presents “Fertile”, a play by Yakir Eliahu Vaknin, translated by Natalie Fainstein, and based on the true story of Zohar Meidan.

This one woman show will blow you away. Actress Ramona Alexander brings energy, nuance, and “impressive talent” to the title role, while seamlessly switching back and forth between portrayals of all the characters in Fertile’s life – from a nerdy girl scout leader to a witch doctor, a bubbly sister, a sorrowful mother and a group of pumped-up teenage boys looking to have some fun. All of these characters, full of tragedy and comedy at the same time, make up the rich world you inhabit from the moment the play begins. Become a part of Fertile’s struggle; “Israel’s trailblazing drama on gender, identity and womanhood.”

The Politics of Procedure: Palestinians and the Peel Commission, 1936-1937
Featuring Dr. Laila Parsons
Co-Hosted with The Graduate Field Committee for Middle East Studies and the Department of History

Friday, February 3, 2017 | 12:00 PM
Francis Scott Key room 2120 (Merrill Room)

The Peel Commission was the first British commission to recommend partition as a way to resolve the intensifying conflict between Arabs and Jews in Palestine. Drawing on the hundreds of archival documents related to the procedures of the commission, this presentation examines how Palestinian and Jewish leaders engaged with issues such as: What should the commission’s terms of reference be? In which order should witnesses give testimony to the commission? Should testimony be given in camera or in public?

Dr. Laila Parsons is Associate Professor of History and Islamic Studies at McGill Univeristy. Among her publications are The Druze Between Palestine and Israel, 1947-1949 (2000), and The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Liberation, 1914-1948 (2016).


The Elizabeth and Richard Dubin Family Lecture: How to Restore a Great U.S.-Israel Relationship
Featuring Itamar Rabinovich

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Co-Sponsored with The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies

Mr. Rabinovich will share insights on the current presidential election and its impact on U.S.-Israel relations. With the election just weeks away and nationally televised debates occurring within days, his talk will be timely and informative.

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The Forgotten War: The War of Attrition
Featuring Professor Yoav Gelber

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Susquehanna Hall, Room 4116

We invite you to join us as Professor Yoav Gelber, Professor Emeritus at Haifa Univeristy, and Visitng Professor at American Univeristy discusses the War of Attrition, 1960 to 1970, a prelude to the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Refereshments will be provide, so please RSVP.

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