New Israel Studies Courses Spring 2018

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 1948 and the Transnational Struggle for Palestine

Prof. Shay Hazkani  TuTh 11:00-12:15

Known as the War of Independence for Israelis, and as al-Nakbah (“the catastrophe”) for Palestinians, examining the struggle for Palestine in 1948 is crucial for those who wish to get a better understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the fight for the New Jersey-sized territory was not confined only to Palestine. In fact, it encompassed most of the Middle East and North Africa, from Damascus, to Beirut, to Cairo to Rabat. For students who have advanced proficiency in EITHER Hebrew or Arabic, this class offers a unique perspective on this seminal war. We will read original documents written by the war participants, both Jewish and Arab, in Palestine/Israel, and around the Arab world. Through guided reading in either Hebrew or Arabic, students will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the generals and diplomats, propagandists and kings who took part in the war, but also with ordinary men and women who fought as soldiers or
became victims of violence.

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Mizrahi Identity in Israel

Prof. Shay Hazkani MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

It is impossible to understand Israeli society today without examining the Mizrahi experience.  Despite the common misconception that most Israelis are of European origin, the fact of the matter is that Jews of Mizrahi origin, whose parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel
from the Middle East and North Africa, represent a major part of the Israeli population. Moreover, Ashkenazi-Mizrahi relations continue to be a major source of tension in Israeli society and politics. This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality through its various milestones: the 1959 Wadi Salib Revolt, the Black Panthers Movement in the 1970s, the emergence of the Israeli Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas, and the new wave of Mizrahi activism in the 21st century. Additionally, the course explores literature, film and television to uncover the way Mizrahi Jews narrate their story in Israel today.