Israeli Affairs (Issue no. 66)

“50 Years since the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”

  • Author: Thaer Abu Saleh, Ali Haydar, Muhannad Mostafa, David Kretschmer, Ariel Hendel, Ruthie Ginsburg, Hagar kotef, Michel Warschawski Yagil Levy, Nir Gazit, Yigal Elam, Bilah Daher, Faris Shomali, Walid Habbas, Anton Shalhat
  • Translator: Said Ayyash, Yaseen el-Sayyed, Salim Salameh
  • Editor: Raif Zureik, Nabil al-Saleh, Honaida Ghanem
  • Number of Pages: 154
  • ISBN: 978-9950-03-0060
  • Date of update: Monday, 07 August 2017
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Fifty years of occupation and seventy years from partition, which led to the Nakba and establishment of Israel. Israel is a man in the seventies. He spent the last fifty years of his life as an occupier. Is the occupation merely an incident, a transient illness, in his life? Is it a constituent part of its being and nature? Is the occupation an illness, which Israel has to recover from? Is it evidence for its health, strength and agility?
The more the years pass, the twenty year interval between the Nakba and Naksa appears as a truce that is not quiet. This time marked the massacres of Kafr Qasem and Qubeiba, murder of infiltrators who returned to their homeland, and 1956 war. Overtime, this truce looks like a marginal detail in a project that is more than 120 years old. For example, who recalls that California was not part of the United States when it was established and that it was occupied almost a century later?

Israeli Affairs (Issue no. 65)

year marks a 100 since the Balfour Declaration

  • Author: Ahmed Ghoneim, Abdel Ghani Salama, Avi Shilon, Khaled Anabtawi, Danny Gautwin, Kholoud Musalha, Heneida Ghanem, Malik Samara, Ezz Eddin Tamimi, Barhoum Graisi, Ali Haider,
  • Editor: Raif Zureik, Nabil al-Saleh, Honaida Ghanem
  • Number of Pages: 130
  • ISBN: 978-9950-03-005-3
  • Date of update: Wednesday, 24 May 2017
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This year marks a 100 since the Balfour Declaration, 70 since the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, 50 since the Israeli occupation of the 1967 Palestinian territories, and we could add 120 years since the inaugural conference of the Zionist Organization in Basel. It is rather tempting to view the last three incidents as mere manifestations of a project that was planned for in Basel, and as one of the many occurrences of the 20th century in which a text translated to reality and a legend transformed into settlements. The temptation is strong but it must be resisted.

Israeli Affairs (Issue no.64)

of the foreign relations between Israel and former Soviet Union states?

  • Author: Antoine Shalhat, Ezzedine Al-Tamimi, Muhannad Mustafa, Nermin Moad, Wadih Awada, Mahmoud Fatafata, Ali Haider, Raef Zureik, Kholoud Masalha, Salim Salama, Yousef Gubern, Daniel de Malakh, Sharon Meir Har-Tsion
  • Editor: Raif Zureik, Nabil al-Saleh, Honaida Ghanem
  • Number of Pages: 148
  • ISBN: 978-9950-00-016-2
  • Date of update: Monday, 09 January 2017
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What is the nature of the foreign relations between Israel and former Soviet Union states?

How can we understand these countries’ policy transformations that were once supportive of Palestinian rights, and that have now sided with Israel in the International arena and the United Nations? The theme of this issue is a preliminary attempt to answer these questions. Within this theme, researcher Muhannad Mustafa offers an analysis of Israel-Azerbaijan relations and its impact on regional politics considering that it is a Muslim country with a Shia majority and for its strategic locality.

Israeli Affairs (Issue no. 63)

The Thought of Salvation in Zionism

  • Author: Christoph Schmidt, Nabih Bashir, Marh Khalifa, Tayeb Ghanaim, Elad Labidot, Leat Schlesinger, Yousef Al-Shayeb, Yael Bairda, Hagai Matar, Tomar Briscoo, Helil Ben Sasson
  • Editor: Raif Zureik, Nabil al-Saleh, Honaida Ghanem
  • Number of Pages: 146
  • ISBN: 978-9950-00-015-5
  • Date of update: Wednesday, 02 November 2016
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The Thought of Salvation in Zionism
The ancient Greek philosophy did not define the concept of historical progress; that is, time moves forward in a perpetual progress towards salvation. Greek philosophy envisaged time to be more of a circle. In other words, time did not move in a uniform direction towards progress and salvation. Augustine, who viewed and construed Christian theology as one that embraced the notion of progress: history has its teleology and particular direction. Its final station is salvation.

Israeli Affairs (Issue no. 62)

Israel’s relations with Jewish Groups outside of Israel

  • Author: Ali Haidar, Dov Waxman, Neve Gordon, Muriel Ram, Barhoum Graissi, Hisham Nafaa, Heneida Ghanem, Anton Shalhat, Bilal Daher, Salim Salama, Yousef Al-Shayeb, Abraham Burg
  • Editor: Raif Zureik, Nabil al-Saleh, Honaida Ghanem
  • Number of Pages: 140
  • ISBN: 978-9950-00-014-8
  • Date of update: Thursday, 11 August 2016
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The theme of the 62nd issue of the Israeli Affairs Quarterly Journal is Israel’s relations with Jewish Groups outside of Israel.

The notion of “the negation of exile” constitutes a central keystone in Zionist thought: It is a degrading state of being that must end, because the meaning of collective Jewish existence is only fulfilled in the land of Israel. He needs the land and the land needs him, she is his and he is hers, he is lacking without her and she is lacking without him. This is the logic that made immigration and colonization the ideological and practical foundations of Zionism (Aliyah in Hebrew – as in immigration – means “ascent”).

Friday, May 27, 2022


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.