1st Edition

Hijacking the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Edited By Asaf Romirowsky Copyright 2022
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    The importance of reclaiming the scholarly language of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be overstated as entire disciplines, including Middle Eastern Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Ethnic Studies have come under the spell of these politicised fads with the attendant perversion of standards of evidence and open inquiry. Wielded by scholar-activists, the vast majority of whom do not know Hebrew and have spent little time in Israel, the distortion of crucial terms has become so pervasive that it is no longer possible to recall how these terms were originally used. That a vocabulary of historical explanation has dissolved into today's crude value judgments and "unhinged polemics" distorts the academic study of Israel, of Palestinians, of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and not incidentally, of politics.

    Hijacking the Arab-Israeli Conflict emphasizes how a delegitimizing lexicon of terms and concepts is often used in highly politicized anti-Zionist scholarship. This volume focuses on this linkage between language and thought partly because it is long a staple focus for political theory and philosophy.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Israel Affairs.


    Asaf Romirowsky

    1. The gatekeepers

    Donna Robinson Divine

    2. Word crimes: choosing rationality over a moral panic

    Cary Nelson

    3. The Demopath’s Lexicon: a guide to Western journalism between the river and the sea

    Richard Landes

    4. Zionism - The integral component of Jewish identity that Jews are historically pressured to shed

    Alyza D. Lewin

    5. Can military service bridge social schisms: the case of Israel

    Elisheva Rosman

    6. Protests and political violence among Arab Knesset members

    Gadi Hitman and Nir Sinay

    7. Testing the social psychology of protest: empirical evidence from the Israeli experience

    Alonit Berenson and Nir Atmor

    8. Is religiosity a risk or a protective factor? The connection between religiosity and deviance among religious youths

    Vered Ne’eman-Haviv, Wilchek- Aviad Yael and Lahav Chaim

    9. Public policy for supporting employed family caregivers of the elderly: the Israeli case

    Erez Cohen and Yael Benvenisti

    10. Media portrayal of enemy leaders and public opinion toward peace: the cases of Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin 1987-95

    Hila Lowenstein-Barkai

    11. Shifting trajectory in India-Israel relations under Modi

    Muhsin Puthan Purayil


    Asaf Romirowsky is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). Romirowsky is also senior non-resident research fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) and Professor [Affiliate] at the University of Haifa.