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Courses - Fall 2023
Israel Studies
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Africa and Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ANTH298R. Credit only granted for ISRL249F or ANTH298R.

From the influences of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan on Biblical Israel to modern histories of migration and engagement, relationships between Israeli and African societies have contributed formatively to Israel s presence in the Middle East. This course considers the long history of African and Israeli interactions, including modern migrations, religious claims, and socio-cultural developments.
The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Fundamental Questions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ISRL283 or ISRL289I..
Formerly: ISRL289I.
As has become evident virtually every year, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict retains its capacity to mobilize both sides against each other. Why are Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews unable to resolve their differences? This course uncovers some of the deeper explanations as to why the conflict persists, even as it changes over the decades.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Israel: Politics and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with GVPT368D. Credit only granted for ISRL329C or GVPT368D.

This course will address the main issues in Israeli politics and society by focusing on the role of Zionism in the Jewish state, the institutional foundations of Israeli democracy, the main political parties and blocs and their different ideological principles and visions, as well as the main social groups, movements, and institutions that comprise Israeli civil society.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with GVPT368B. Credit only granted for ISRL329N or GVPT368B.

An examination of the U.S. - Israel relationship through historical and thematic lenses. Stretching from the pre-state era through the post-Cold War alliance and the intensive U.S. role mediating Arab-Israeli peace, which covers nearly a century of U.S. foreign policy. It will include domestic sources that have shaped U.S. policy, including public opinion, and conclude by examining scenarios for increased cooperation and managing tension in the relationship.
Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: HIST377, JWST334.
Credit only granted for: JWST319D, JWST334, HIST377, HIST329Z, ISRL329M, or ISRL330.
Formerly: ISRL329M.
It is impossible to understand Israeli society today without examining the Mizrahi experience. Despite the common misconception that Israel is predominantly made up of Jews from 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 politics, and issues of race continue to come up on social media and polarize the Israeli society. This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality and against racism 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.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; The Right in Israel: A Historical Examination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST328F and GVPT368I. Credit only granted for ISRL349D, HIST328F, or GVPT368I.

Israel has been moving towards the political Right during the last 30 years, as became obvious in its last election in November 2022. This course explores the history of that movement, beginning before Israel became a state, but focusing primarily on 1967 to the present. No previous knowledge of Israeli history required. Contact the instructor for more information.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Tzahal: The Israeli Military in State, Society, and its Middle Eastern Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with GVPT368F. Credit only granted for ISRL349G or GVPT368F.

This course offers an introduction to general concepts of civil-military relations with a strong focus on the Israeli case. Situating Israel within the Middle East context, the course readings and class discussions will include comparative references to major regional players, such as Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Gulf States. The military is a salient feature of all Middle Eastern states; we will explore how Israel both resembles and differs from other states in the region regarding the role of its military and of civil-military relations.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Israel's Occupation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST319K. Credit only granted for HIST319K or ISRL349L.

Examines the history of Israel's occupation since 1967, the colonization of Palestinian land for the construction of Jewish settlements, as well as Palestinian resistance. Other topics examined are the role of human rights NGOs, international law, archaeology and the environmental impact of the occupation.
Seminar in Israel Studies; Introduction to Human Rights in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368R. Credit only granted for ISRL448R or GVPT368R.

Provides an overview of how the State of Israel deals with human rights of its citizens, and also non-citizens over which it has control. It will introduce Israel s legal system, human rights record, and its methods of dealing with human rights violations, including those impacting the Arab minority in Israel, women's rights, and those of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.