Israeli Affairs (Issue no. 49)

Israeli left where was it and where is it now other issues

  • Author: Honida Ghanem, Hisham Ghanem, Hisham Ghanem, Hisham Ghanem, Wael Awaouda, Bilal Dhaher, Hamed Abdul Hamid,
  • Editor: Antoine Shalhat, Honida Ghanem, Raef Zureik
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • ISBN: 978-9950-330-84-9
  • Date of update: Thursday, 02 May 2013
  • Price: $0.00

Issue #49 of Qadayya Israelieh (Israeli Affairs) Quarterly Journal focuses on the Israeli left: where was it and where is it now?

The issue is centered on the emergence of the Israeli left and the major reasons that have been hindered it from becoming influential in decision making, political and social movements. The issue includes ten articles eight themed on the Israeli plus a study about the creation of an Israeli underclass and, an article about the Israeli elections .

The issue leads with an exclusive interview with Mr. Zeev Sternhell, an Israeli historian, writer, and a leading expert on nationalism and Fascism. Mr. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He acknowledges that the Zionist project originally aimed to occupy Palestine and inhabit it with Jews, as a solution for their hardship in exile. He argues that occupying Palestine in 1948 is not a moral problem, however not ending the occupation in 1949, after accomplishing all the Zionist goals, and the consequent occupation of 1967 is, in his opinion, “the biggest catastrophe on Israel”.

An exclusive translation of a brief excerpt from the Zionist archive is a new addition to the Journal with the important sections of “Truth from the land of Israel” article by Ahad Ha'Am included in this issue. Dr. Honaida Ghanim highlights in her foreword to the article that the importance of this piece is because it is one of the first texts in which the Zionist allegations about Palestine being an empty land was refuted, it mentioned the Arab existence in Palestine, and talked about the colonialist’s superior relationship towards the Palestinians. Also, the article indicated that Ha’Am practically negated the most important Zionist hypothesis that propagated Palestine as a barren country and its population as remnants of savages. His article has later become a milestone to the Israeli Zionist which try to add a human perspective to their Zionist thinking, and insist that there is no contradiction between morals and Zionism.

Finally and in addition to the themed and general articles, the exclusive interview as well as translation, this issue of the journal includes a collection of books’ reviews, as well as a library.


Haggai Matar, A civil revolution or Zionist reactionism? (The Israeli left between social protest and parliamentary elections of the Knesset)
Gideon Levy, Where was the Israeli left and where is it now?

Mati Shmuelof, Racism and the Israeli left

Issam Mikhwel, The crisis of thought and Zionist practice - Between the Zionist left and the Anti-Zionism left

Udi Adiv, Between bi-nationalism and the democratic civil nationalism

Yitzhak Gal-Nor, The Zionist debate over partition (1919-1947)

Eva Illouz, Why should the left lead Israel?

Naveh Brummer, Yes to a healthy pessimism (A response to Eva Illouz)

Nimer Sultani, Production of inferiority- Palestinian citizens in Israel

Special Interview - Zeev Sternhell, university lecturer, researcher in nationalism and fascism, The 1967 occupation: A Morally and Politically Open Wound (By Antoine Shulhut and Bilal Dhaher)

Wadee’ Awawdeh, A treatise on the Knesset elections

Muhannad Abdul Hamid, The role of school books in shaping a dominated Israeli collective memory!

Al-Tayyeb Ghanayim, A book open to questions
From the Zionist Archive: Excerpts from Ahad Ha’am The Truth from the Land of Israel (Preface by Honaida Ghanim)

Library: A synopsis of most recent Israeli publications

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حجاي مطر - ثورة مدنية أم رجعية صهيونية؟ (اليسار الإسرائيلي بين الاحتجاج الاجتماعي والانتخابات البرلمانية للكنيست) Download Preview
غدعون ليفي - أين كان اليسار الإسرائيلي وأين هو الآن؟ Download Preview
ماتي شموئيلوف - العرقية واليسار الإسرائيلي Download Preview
عصام مخول - أزمة الفكر والممارسة الصهيونية- بين "اليسار الصهيوني" واليسار المناهض للصهيونية Download Preview
أودي أديب - اليسار الإسرائيلي ما بين الثنائية القومية والقومية المدنية الديمقراطية Download Preview
إسحق غال- نور: السجال الصهيوني حول التقسيم (1919- 1947) Download Preview
الطيب غنايم - كتاب مُشرع على الأسئلة Download Preview
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نافيه برومر - نعم للتشاؤم الصحّي... (ردّ على إيفا إيلوز) Download Preview
مهند عبد الحميد - دور الكتب المدرسية في تشكيل ذاكرة جمعية إسرائيلية مهيمن عليها! Download Preview
نمر سلطاني - إنتاج الدونية- المواطنون الفلسطينيون في إسرائيل Download Preview
مع الأستاذ الجامعي والباحث المتخصص في شؤون القومية والفاشية زئيف شتيرنهيل: احتلال 1967 جرح مفتوح أخلاقيًا وسياسيًا! (أجرى المقابلة: أنطوان شلحت وبلال ضاهر) Download Preview
وديع عواودة - قراءة في انتخابات الكنيست Download Preview
مقتطفات من "الحقيقة من أرض إسرائيل" لأحاد هعام (تقديم هنيده غانم) Download Preview

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