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Center director publishes scholarly article in journal Israel Studies

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman's latest scholarly article, "The Nation-State Law and the Weakening of Israeli Democracy," co-authored with Ilan Peleg, has been published in the journal Israel Studies. The Nation-State Law was narrowly passed by Israel's Knesset in 2018. The article is not freely available, but available to read if you have access to JSTOR: https://bit.ly/3fVhPMw

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nazarian Center director quoted in international edition of Germany's
Der Spiegel

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center, has been quoted in “Israeli Annexation Plans: The West Bank Faces a New Reckoning,” published online in German-based Der Spiegel (June 30, 2020).

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Haaretz article on American Jews' views on Biden quotes Professor Waxman

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, is quoted in Israel's Haaretz discussing how young American Jews' view Joe Biden's candidacy for president. In the article published May 20, 2020, Waxman is quoted saying that "younger Jews, putting aside maybe some of the Orthodox, are overwhelmingly more liberal than older American Jews, and some polls show they are also relatively more liberal than other Americans in their age group."

Friday, May 15, 2020

Professor Waxman quoted on anti-Semitism during pandemic

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center, was quoted in a Jewish Journal piece published Wednesday about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories amid the global pandemic, including some scapegoating Israel. “We have to recognize,” Waxman told the paper, “that this is a moment of potentially great danger because it has all the ingredients for a surge of anti-Semitism: a fatal, invisible threat that crosses national borders, widespread social disruption and economic hardship, and heightened public fear and anxiety.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Professor Waxman writes op-ed in The Forward on Trump's Mideast peace plan

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, published an opinion piece January 29, 2020, with The Forward regarding President Trump's peace plan for the Middle East. The piece in the Jewish daily examined whether the long-awaited plan is the historic breakthrough Trump has touted, even though the proposal doesn't meet core demands of the Palestinians. "It will certainly not bring Israelis and Palestinians peace, since the latter will overwhelmingly reject a plan that is so heavily skewed in Israel's favor," wrote Waxman.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Postdoctoral fellow to receive the 2020 Allen Ponak Award

Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow Assaf Bondy is slated to receive the 2020 Allen Ponak Award at the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) Congress next summer in Toronto. The Canadian Industrial Relations Association, host of ILERA 2020, gives out the award to recognize research excellence across several disciplines relating to employment relations among master, Ph.D., and post-doctoral students. Bondy received his Ph.D. in Labor Studies from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. He is a sociologist who studies the political-economy of labor and industrial relations systems in advanced economies.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Center research fellow's work presented in Europe

Research Fellow Dr. Liron Lavi's co-authored paper "The Representation Deficit and the Crisis of Democracy: Shifting the Focus to Subjective Perceptions" was presented at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) conference in Wrocław, Poland (September 2019). The paper explores subjective perceptions of political representation in Israel from a comparative perspective. It was co-authored by Liran Harsgor and Michal Shamir.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Postdoctoral fellow publishes article in Israeli journal

Dr. Assaf Bondy (Postdoctoral Fellow 2019-2020), a sociologist who studies labor issues, earlier this month published an article “Disputing Strikes – Solidarity as an Answer to the Challenges on Strikes” in Telem, an Israeli-Hebrew journal. In face of harsh attacks on the right to strike in Israel from both sides of political spectrum, the paper analyzes strikes' legitimacy as depending on their solidaristic goals, suggesting political activists should embrace strikes as an important tool for wide social change.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Center scholars and faculty participate in Association for Israel Studies conference

Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin presented his project "'Kol ha-Nekudot'/'All the Points'/'Kull al-Nuqaṭ' An Interactive, Online Map of Israel and the Palestine Territories" at the June 24-26 Association for Israel Studies Annual Conference held at Kinneret College in Israel. Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim gave a talk titled "Neither Vertical nor Horizontal: The Failure of the 1974 Plan for a Jordanian Disengagement" and also participated in a book roundtable on Gerald M. Steinberg and Ziv Rubinovitz's work "Menachem Begin and the Israel-Egypt Peace Process: Between Ideology and Political Realism." Former Visiting Lecturer and Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient Melissa Melpignano also gave a talk titled “Let the Sunshine in? Dancing Sabra in the IDF Pahad Dance Troupe."

Friday, June 28, 2019

Postdoc presents at conference for Hebrew professors

Dr. Omri Asscher presented research at the National Association of Professors of Hebrew's International Conference on Hebrew Language, Culture and Literature yesterday. Dr. Asscher's talk - "Israel faces itself in the (Jewish American) mirror" - addressed Israeli responses to Jewish American moral critique.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Center publishes second issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is excited to announce the publication of the latest issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Summer 2020 issue features an article by Dr. Uri Dorchin, “The History, Politics and Social Construction of ‘Blackness' in Israel.” Read the latest issue here: https://ucla.in/2CRQcW6

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nazarian Center visiting scholars make impactful contributions

In the 2019-20 academic year, the Nazarian Center's visiting professors and postdocs significantly contributed to the center's mission of advancing public knowledge and academic scholarship about Israel.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Guest Columns

Three Elections, More Voters: Why have increasing numbers of Israelis

After a year of political deadlock and three elections, Israel is on the brink of finally getting a new government. Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies research fellow Liron Lavi explains what motivated Israelis to vote time and again and why, despite predictions, voter turnout actually increased, especially among Arab citizens of Israel.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Israeli Kurdophilia and the American 'Betrayal' of the Syrian Kurds

Y&S Nazarian Center postdoctoral fellow Scott Abramson looks at Israeli sympathy for the Syrian Kurds in light of recent American policy.

Monday, December 16, 2019

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Student Voices

Studying abroad in Israel: A law student's perspective

UCLA Law School student and study abroad scholarship recipient Amit Liran shares insights from his semester abroad at Tel Aviv University where he immersed himself in Israeli and international law in and outside of the classroom.

Monday, March 18, 2019

An unexpected opportunity

Thanks to a scholarship from the Y&S Nazarian Center, transfer student Sebastian Feldman was able to study abroad in Israel - an experience he hoped for, but didn't expect would be possible.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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