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Ben-Gurion University
[BGU] Dr. Neve Gordon's new anti-Israel MA Program at Ben-Gurion Universityĺs Department of Politics and Government: "The Politics of Conflict"

 

 

 

New MA Program: The Politics of Conflict

Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government is offering a new 
international one-year masters program in The Politics 
of Conflict. 
This program is hands-on, offering students direct encounters with sites and forces 
of conflict through a series of study tours, workshops, and 
lectures by leading academic experts.

 

 

Faculty Lecturers

Areas of Interest: Political Theory, Human Rights, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Areas of interest: Comparative Politics, State and Society, Racism and Ethnicity, Citizenship and Nationalism.

Areas of interest: Marxism and Post-Marxism, Populism, Health Policies, Body Politics.

Areas of interest: Comparative Politics, National Identity and Nationalism, the Politics of Memory.

Areas of interest: Public Policy, Ethnic Politics, Immigration, Jews in American Politics, American Politics.    

Areas of interest: Political Geography, Geopolitics, Ethno-territorial Conflicts, Israel-Palestine Conflict, Border Studies, The Politics of Science and Research.

Areas of interest: European Integration, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Euro-Israeli Relations, Euro-Mediterranean Relations, European Neighbourhood Policy, European Jewry, Public International Law.

Areas of interest: Jews in Modern France, World War II, Holocaust Studies, History and Memory.

Areas of interest: Third World Development, Colonialism / Post Colonialism, Protest Movements, Racism and Ethnic Relations, The Palestinian

Minority in Israel.

Areas of interest: African History, Cultural and Social History of Colonialism in West Africa.

Areas of interest: Urban politics, Planning, Ethnic Relations.

 

 

About

The Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University has

developed a unique graduate program which examines the different ways in

which global and local processes have formed numerous sites of conflict

both within Israeli society and in its relations with its neighbors.  As researchers

and teachers, these are some of the issues we focus on:

  • The politics of space and territory as a site conflict

both internally and between Israel, the Palestinians and several neighboring countries

  • The nature of different social and political identities

within Israeli society, and how these identities have become sites of contestation

  • Welfare policies and the growing socio-economic inequality as a site of conflict

Migrant workers, Palestinian laborers, and the construction of multiple borders within Israeli cities

  • Israel's democratic institutions and the ongoing struggle to maintain human and civic rights

Language and cultural rights as ongoing sites of struggle

Together, we aim to impart to our students a growing concern for the

politics of conflict in Israel and the Middle East, and to help them develop the

necessary intellectual, analytical and professional skills to understand

social processes and what it would take to bring about political and economic

change.

 

 

Arab-Israeli Conflict-An Overview

This course aims to provide an overview of the Arab-Israeli conflict, a regional

dispute that has lasted for over a century and whose significance extends

far beyond the Middle East. After tracing the origins of Zionism

and Arab-Palestinian nationalism during the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate, we

will examine the developments from 1948 until the present. By

focusing on the conflict’s origins, the major actors, key events, diplomatic initiatives and

crises, students will gain

a greater appreciation for the complexities and dynamism of this international dispute.

Lecturer: 

http://humweb1.bgu.ac.il/politics/sites/default/files/Syllabus_5.doc

Syllabus

"Arab-Israeli Conflict – An Overview"

Dr. Neve Gordon

 

Description

This course aims to provide an overview of the Arab-Israeli

conflict, a regional dispute that has

lasted for over a century and whose significance extends far

beyond the Middle East. After tracing the origins of

Zionism and Arab-Palestinian nationalism

during the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate, we will

examine the developments from 1948 until the present. By

focusing on the conflict’s origins, the

major actors, key events, diplomatic initiatives and crises,

students will gain a greater appreciation for

the complexities and dynamism of this international dispute.

 

Required Readings

Mark Tessler, A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,

Second Edition, Indiana University Press, 2009.

 

Sandy Tolan, The Lemon Tree: An Arab,

A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, Bloomsbury, 2006.

 

A series of academic articles which the students will

need to download from online journals

and databases or photocopy from books (see section syllabus). 

 

Suggested Readings

Ha’aretz English Edition at www.haaretz.com

Al Jazeera English Edition at http://english.aljazeera.net/English

Daily subscription of the New York Times or on the web at www.nytimes.com

 

Course Requirements

The grade for the course is divided into the following:

10%     Op-ed

20%     In-class presentation

5%       Final Paper Topic and Tentative Outline

15%     Literature Review

50%     Final Paper

 

Course Outline

 

Reading:  

Hayden White, ‘The Historical Text as Literary Artifact,

” In The Writing of History: Literary Form and Historical Understanding / edited by Robert H.

Canary and Henry Kozicki.

.

  1. Introduction

 

Reading:

Introduction and Chapter 1 of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Benny Morris, Righteous Victims, Vintage Books, 2001: pp. 100-102

 

  1. Jewish Nationalism: The Rise of Zionism
  2. The Zionist Movement in Palestine

 

Reading:

Chapters 2 of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

C. Ernest Dawn, “From Ottomanism to Arabism: The Origin of

an Ideology,” The Review of Politics, Vol. 23, No. 3. 1961:  378-400.

 

  1. Arab Nationalism

 

Reading:

Chapters 3 and 4 of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Anthony D. Smith, “Zionism and Diaspora

Nationalism,” Israel Affairs, Vol. 2. No. 2. 1995: 1-19.

Benny Morris, “The Arabs Rebel,” Chapter

Four of Righteous Victims, Vintage Books, 2001: pp. 121-161.

 

 

  1. The British Mandate
  2. The Rise of a Palestinian National Movement
  3. Palestine and the Holocaust

 

Reading:

Begin reading The Lemon Tree

Thomas Mayer, “Egypt’s 1948 Invasion of Palestine,

” Middle Eastern Studies, 22:1, 1986: 20 – 36.

Shabtai Teveth, "Charging Israel with Original Sin," Commentary, 88, September 1989, pp. 24-33.

Avi. Shlaim, "The Debate about 1948,"  The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 287-304, 1995.

Ian Lustick, “Zionism and the State of Israel: Regime

Objectives and the Arab Minority in the First

Years of Statehood,” Middle Eastern Studies, 16:1, 1980:

127 – 146.

Michael Oren, “Escalation to Suez: The Egypt-Israel Border

War, 1949-56,” Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 24, 1989: 347-373.

Avi Shlaim, “The Protocol of Sèvres, 1956: Anatomy of a

War Plot,” International Affairs Vol. 73, 3, 1997: 509-530.

 

 

 

  1. The 1948 war
  2. The Palestinian Refugee Problem and the Military Government
  3. The 1956 war

 

Reading:

Chapters 6 and 7 of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Ian Lustick, “Zionism and the State of Israel: Regime

Objectives and the Arab Minority in the First

Years of Statehood,” Middle Eastern Studies, 16:1, 1980:

127 – 146.

Alina Koren, “Military Government, Political Control

and Crime: The Case of Israeli Arabs,

Crime, Law and Social Change; September 2000; 34, 2: 159-182.

Moshe Gat, “Nasser and the Six Day War, 5 June 1967: A

Premeditated Strategy or an Inexorable

Drift to War?” Israel Affairs, Vol. 11, No. 40, 2005: 608-635.

Ibrahim Abu Lughod, “Israel’s Arab Policy,” Arab World, 1968.

William B. Quandt, “Soviet Policy in the October Middle

East War – I” International Affairs, Vol. 53, 1977: 377-389.

William B. Quandt, “Soviet Policy in the October Middle

East War – II” International Affairs, Vol. 53, 1977: 587-603.

 

 

  1. Military Government
  2. The 1967 war
  3. The Resurgence of Palestinian Nationalism

 

 

Reading:

Chapters 8 and 9 of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

William B. Quandt, “Camp David and Peacemaking in the Middle

East,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 101, No. 3, 1986: 357-377.

Norman Podhoretz, “J’Accuse,” Commentary, 74:3 September (1982): 21-31

Edward Said, “An Ideology of Difference,” Critical

Inquiry, 12 (Autumn 1985): 38-58.

 

 

  1. October 22ndIsrael’s Occupation and the war of attrition

 

  1. October 24th – The 1973 war
  2. October 29th – Egyptian-Israeli Peace

 

Reading: Yehezkel Lein, Land Grab (can be downloaded from www.btselem.org)

 

  1. October 30th – The Settlement Enterprise

 

Reading:

Chapter 9 of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Ian S. Lustick, “Writing the Intifada: Collective Action in the Occupied Territories,

World Politics, 45: 4 (July 1993): 560-594.

 

  1. The 1982 War
  2. The First Intifada

 

Reading:

Chapters  11 and 12 of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Jeremy Pressman, “Visions in Collision: What Happened at Camp

David and Taba?International Security, 28, 2: 2003.

Norman Podhoretz, “Intifada II: Death of an Illusion?”

Commentary, September 2000

Sara Roy, “Decline and Disfigurement: The Palestinian Economy after Oslo,” in  Roane

Carey, The New Intifada, Verso Books, 2001: 91-110.

Neve Gordon, “From Colonization to Separation: Exploring

the Structure of Israel’s Occupation,” Third World Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2008, pp 25 44

 

 

  1. The First Gulf War
  2. Oslo I
  3. From Peace with Jordan to Camp David
  4. The Second Intifada

 

Reading:

Yuval Elizur, Israel Banks on a Fence, Foreign Affairs March/April 2003.

Yehezkel Lein and Alon Cohen Lifshitz, Under the Guise of

Security (can be downloaded from www.btselem.org)

 

  1. The Separation Barrier

 

Reading:

Khaled Hroub “Hamas After Shaykh Yasin and Rantisi,” Journal

of Palestine Studies, XXXIII no. 4, summer 2004 (download from Jstor)

Gal Luft, The Palestinian H-Bomb: Terror's Winning

Strategy, Foreign Affairs July/August 2002.

Neve Gordon and Dani Filc, “Hamas and the Destruction

of Risk Society,” Constellations Volume 12, No 4, 2005.

Shaul Mishal, “The Pragmatic Dimension of the Palestinian

Hamas: A Network Perspective,” Armed Forces & Society,

Vol. 9, No. 4. Summer 2003: 569-589.

International Crisis Group, After Gaza, Middle East Report

N°68 – 2 August 2007  

 

 

  1. The Rise of Hamas
  2. From September 11 to the 2009 Campaign in Gaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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