Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

From the Editors

Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

From the Editors

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This issue begins with an essay by Yitzhak Shichor. He analyzes how the United States pressured Israel not to establish diplomatic relations with China during the mid-twentieth century. A few years later, when Israel took the initiative to establish such relations, the idea had lost its attraction for China because it saw the Arab and Muslim countries as potential allies against the West.

Johannes Houwink ten Cate assesses the future of Holocaust studies, a research field that became truly international only in the 1970s. There are now scholars in many countries whose work ensures that these studies will remain a separate scholarly domain. The author views the universalization of victimhood, and the extension of the circle of perpetrators, as long-term trends in the field of Holocaust studies.

As part of the renewed restitution process in the Netherlands at the turn of the century, negotiations were held with the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and representatives of the banks that controlled it. Manfred Gerstenfeld notes the low initial offer made to the Jewish organizations by the exchange. The involvement of the World Jewish Congress and the Hevesi Committee of American comptrollers led to this offer being increased more than thirtyfold. …

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