The theme of the 61st issue of the Israeli Affairs Quarterly Journal is centered around the millet system, sectarian division, and personal status within Israeli law and society. Many regard this subject marginal on the political level as it concerns matters in the private sphere such as marriage, divorce, alimony, and inheritance. Hence, situating this subject at the heart of this issue is an attempt to draw attention to its centrality in political discourse, and to assert that it is not possible to understand the nature of the state, law, and society, and to grasp basic notions such as citizenship, identity, and nationalism, without addressing the millet system and matters of personal status laws.
The theme of the issue #60th of the Israeli Affairs Journal is the Israeli Literary Scene in the new millennium. The issue incorporates five articles.
In his opening and central article, Eric Glasner—who is a notable literary critic—review the literary scene in Israel in recent years, and indicates three main observations he makes in the literary scene: the first is the significant rise in the writing ofa utobiographies in Israeli literature. The second is the popularity of historical novels. The third is the writing of biographies. The article then offers an analysis of the causes of this transformation,which allude to internal causes that are related to the practice of literature and to other reasons that pertain to the general socio-political context.
This volume of the Israeli affairs revolves around “the Judicial System in Israel”. The materials of the theme monitor judicial institutions that occupy a central and vital role in the legal and judicial arenas in Israel. The High Court of Justices the most important of all, since it has power to monitor the legislations of the Knesset and the work of the government; meaning that it’s eligible for revising the laws issued by the Knesset, and examining their consistency with the basic laws that act as the constitution of the state. By this, it is a constitutional court that is capable of revising the decisions of the government, and that makes it an administrative court at the same time.
Oren Shlomo, Israel’s governtality of Jerusalem in the post-Oslo period
This article examines changes of the management of, and control over, municipal systems and services in Jerusalem. Changed measures have been in place since the peace process collapsed or since the beginning of the new millennium. The viewpoint presented by Shlomo does not analyse separatism in space and performance between Israelis and Palestinians in the city, representations and resistance of exclusion and colonisation, or potential settlements of reconciliation in the city. These viewpoints have been examined and oftentimes presented in research initiatives preoccupied with municipal relations between
Issue 57 of Qadaya Israeliya (Israeli Issues) includes a special section on the “New Right Wing” or “New Zionism” in Israel.
This section monitors paths of transformation between political and partisan poles in Israel over the past few years. Israel has shifted from a secular state, which maintained a socialist orientation at the time of establishment, to a state and society that submit to a fundamentalist, religious discourse and to a savage neoliberal, capitalist policy.