Religion and State in Israel

July 15, 2020

Even as Israel, like America, guarantees religious freedom, it has been connected from its inception to Judaism, the religion of the Jewish people. Nevertheless, that connection has been fraught with tension, from accommodation of religion in the public sphere (the “Status Quo” agreement) to how the state should relate to the Haredi population. Emory University’s […]

גיבוש הגרעין למדינה היהודית: 1947-1882

May 11, 2020

מאז ימי המקרא ועד לימינו אנו, היה ליהודים וליהדות קשר בלתי-ניתן לערעור לציון, לארץ ישראל, לארץ הקודש, או למה שכונה על-ידי המעצמות הגדולות לאחר מלחמת-העולם הראשונה בשם פלשתינה. התוכנית במאה ה-19 להקים מדינה יהודית חייבה קיום אוכלוסייה וטריטוריה. הזהות היהודית, האנטישמיות והכישלון בהשגת שוויון אזרחי ביבשת אירופה זירזה את ההגירה היהודית למסגרות דמוקרטיות ואת האפשרות […]

Israeli/Hebrew Music Collections—Easily Accessible

April 2, 2020

Contemporary Israeli music has long and varied roots. It is rich and dynamically innovative. Instrumental and vocal streams reflect Jewish and Israeli history. Engage your senses in diversely eclectic flavors. Listen wherever you are—links to free online sources; stream Israeli music from many genres and eras.

Historical Statements on a Two-State Solution to Resolve the Arab (Palestinian)-Israeli Conflict, 1937–Present

February 7, 2020

Printable PDF In July 1937, Great Britain officially suggested the establishment of Arab and Jewish states in Palestine. British rule over the two communities since 1920 had proven unworkable. She could not persuade the Arab political elite to cooperate with British presence as long as it was facilitating Jewish growth there. Zionists diligently employed the […]

1931-1949 – Arab land sales to Jews – Palestine Arab Press, British reports and Zionist accounts

September 18, 2019

Ken Stein, July 1999 These Palestinian Arab newspaper materials and other quotations about Arab land sales to the Zionists during the British Mandate were first read and collected at the National Library at the Hebrew University on the Givat Ram campus in 1971-1973. Again, more materials were accumulated in the summer of 1978 in the […]

Forming a Nucleus for the Jewish State: 1882-1947

August 16, 2019

From biblical times to the present, Jews and Judaism have had an unbroken connection to Zion, Eretz Yisrael, the Holy Land, or what came to be termed Palestine by the Great Powers after World War I. The 19th century plan to build a Jewish state required a population and territory. Jewish identity, anti-Semitism and the failure […]

Discurso del primer ministro de Israel Benjamín Netanyahu en la Universidad Bar Ilán

August 9, 2019

(14 de junio de 2009) Netanyahu, Benjamín. Universidad Bar Ilán, Ramat Gan. 14 de junio de 2009. Discurso.  En un discurso de treinta minutos sobre política exterior, el Primer Ministro presentó su plan para una resolución del conflicto palestino-israelí. Si bien se refirió brevemente a la amenaza que Irán suponía para Israel, la crisis económica […]

Hebrew Revival

February 12, 2019

An overview of the important role that Hebrew played in the Zionist movement and how the movement itself helped spur the revival of the language.

Ben-Gurion Rejects International Status for Jerusalem

December 5, 2018

December 5, 1949 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declares in a Knesset speech that “Jewish Jerusalem is an organic, inseparable part of the state of Israel” and that Israel rejects any attempt by the United Nations to declare Jerusalem, Israel’s “eternal capital,” an international city outside Israeli sovereignty. Ben-Gurion speaks amid U.N. debates about how to […]