Jewish Political Studies Review

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3/4, Fall

A Modern-Day Righteous Gentile
A MODERN-DAY RIGHTEOUS GENTILE Israël et la question juive (Israel and the Jewish Question ), Pierre André TaguiefF, Les Provinciales, 2011, 282 pp. (in French)Reviewed by Michelle MazelPierre André TaguiefF is a well-known French philosopher and historian....
A New Look at Ancient Texts
A NEW LOOK AT ANCIENT TEXTS Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views. Michael E. Stone, Grand Rapids MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011. pp. 256.The period of the Second Temple (538 BCE-70 CE) constitutes one of the most exciting epochs in the...
An Insider's Story of Israeli Military Technology
AN INSIDER'S STORY OF ISRAELI MILITARY TECHNOLOGY Eilam's Arc: How Israel Became a Military Technology Powerhouse, by Uzi Eilam, Sussex Academic Press, 2011, 322 pp.Reviewed by GUIDO G. WEISSOn June 2002, at the President s Residence, Uzi Eilam received...
A Partial History of the International Human Rights Movement
A PARTIAL HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT The International Human Rights Movement, by Aryeh Neier, Princeton University Press, 2012, 392 pp.Reviewed by Anne HerzbergComing at the end of his twenty-year tenure as the head of George...
A Perfect Antidote for Ignorance
A PERFECT ANTIDOTE FOR IGNORANCE A Legacy of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lectures, Thomas A. Baima, Ed., Liturgy Training Publications, 2012, xxvi + 212 pp.Except for its preface and afterword, this book consists of the texts...
Building the Positive Peace: The Urgent Need to Bring the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Back to Basics
It is generally accepted that the peace process, launched in 1993, went off the tracks and failed to meet the expectations of the interested parties: the state of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the international community.The international discourse...
Could French Reporting on Israel Reflect a New Understanding?
The media in France show an inordinate interest in the Middle East and more specifically in the Palestinian issue and Israel. Not a day passes without a news item, an article, and several blog posts on the subject. Each year ushers in a new crop of essays...
Gathering Clouds for Turkish Jewry
GATHERING CLOUDS FOR TURKISH JEWRY Model Citizens of the State: The Jews of Turkey during the Multiparty Period, by Rifat Bali, Fairleigh Dickinson, 2012, 540 pp.Reviewed by Mordechai ArbellThis book covers the history of Turkish Jewry from 1950 to the...
Intelligence Failure or Paralysis?
There was no shortage of intelligence, nor was there a lack of intelligence alerts about the Yom Kippur War. The reasons for the famous mechdal (Israel's lack of preparedness for the war) should be judged in the context of the 1973 conditions and not...
Israel and Eastern Europe: From Disruption to Resumption
ISRAEL AND EASTERN EUROPE: FROM DISRUPTION TO RESUMPTION Relations with the East European States: From Disruption 1967 to Resumption 1989-91, by Yosef Govrin, London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2011, 322 pp.Reviewed by Wolfgang G. SchwanitzWhat a day in history...
Judeo-Persian Communities of Iran
JUDEO-PERSIAN COMMUNITIES OF IRAN Jewish communities of Iran: Entries on Judeo-Persian Communities Published by the Encyclopedia Iranica. Houman M. Sarshar, Ed. New York: Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation, 2011, 560 pp.Review by Miriam NissimovAmong the...
Message from the Editor
With the publication of the Fall 2012 issue, the Jewish Political Studies Review is entering its twenty-fourth year of continuous publication. When he published its first issue in the Spring of 1989, the founding editor of the journal, Daniel J. Elazar,...
Muslim Hard-Core Anti-Semitism Comparable to That of the Nazis
MUSLIM HARD-CORE ANTI-SEMITISM COMPARABLE TO THAT OF THE NAZIS Muslimischer Antisemitismus: Eine Aktuelle Gefahr [Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Present Danger], by Robert S. Wistrich, Edition Critic, 2011, 161 pp. (in German)Reviewed by Manfred GerstenfeldHistorian...
Pandora's Box: Revisiting the Dutch Postwar Holocaust Restitution Process
PANDORA'S BOX: REVISITING THE DUTCH POSTWAR HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION PROCESS Judging the Netherlands: The Renewed Holocaust Restitution Process, 1997-2000, by Manfred Gerstenfeld, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2011, 217 pp.Reviewed by Bart WalletIn...
Remembering a Forgotten Hero of Holocaust Historiography
REMEMBERING A FORGOTTEN HERO OF HOLOCAUST HISTORIOGRAPHY Laying the Foundations for Holocaust Research: Ihe Impact of the Historian Philip Friedman, Search and Research-Lectures and Papers 15, by Roni Stauber, Yad Vashem, 2009, 60 pp.I was a child, not...
Scrolls, Site, Sect and Scholars
SCROLLS, SITE, SECT AND SCHOLARS IheDead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, by John J. Collins, Princeton University Press, 2013,271pp.The discovery of manuscripts hidden in jugs inside caves near Qumran close to the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea remains...
The Geography of Sino-Israeli Relations
The People's Republic of China was formally founded in October 1949, only eleven months afier the state of Israel. Although situated on opposite ends of the Asian continent, both nations began as poor, agrarian societies, early in their formation facing...
The Man Who Saved the Honor of the French Church
THE MAN WHO SAVED THE HONOR OF THE FRENCH CHURCH La Protestation, 23 août 1942 ( The Protest, August 23rd, 1942) Yves Belaubre, Paris: Ed. Nicolas Eybalin, 2012, 296 pp, (in French).France is still coming to terms with "La Collaboration", that dark period...
The State of the Jews: A Multifaceted Analysis
THE STATE OF THE JEWS: A MULTIFACETED ANALYSIS The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal, by Edward Alexander, Transaction Publishers, 2012,248 pp.Reviewed by Sarah SchmidtIn Ihe State of the Jews, Edward Alexander, professor emeritus of English at...
The Zionist Message Hidden within Antique Pictures of the Holy Land
A 110-year-old trove of pictures taken by the Christian photographers of the American Colony in Jerusalem provides dramatic proof of thriving Jewish communities in Palestine. Hundreds of pictures show the ancient Jewish community of Jerusalem's Old City...
Ultra-Orthodoxy's Porous Cultural Border
ULTRA-ORTHODOXY'S POROUS CULTURAL BORDER Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy, by Yoel Finkelman, Academic Studies Press, 2011, 255 pp.Reviewed by Haim ChertokStrictly speaking, Strictly Kosher Reading,...

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