Raphael Israeli

Raphael Israeli is a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in History and Arabic Literature, he received his PhD in Chinese and Islamic History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. Israeli has written 30 books and some 100 scholarly articles in the fields of Islamic radicalism, Islamic terrorism, the Modern Middle East, Islam in China and Asia and the Opening of China by the French. His books include The Iraq War: Hidden Agendas and Babylonian Intrigue and Living with Islam: The Sources of Fundamentalist Islam. His most recent book (2012) is The Oslo Process: The Euphoria of Failure

Publications by Raphael Israeli

Old Historians, New Historians, No Historians:
The Derailed Debate on 1948

Was Israel born in sin? Read More »

Raphael Israeli on The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, by Ilan Pappe

Alice in Ethnic Cleansing Land
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, by Ilan Pappe, One World, Oxford, 2006, 261pp + endnotes, chronology, maps and index.
Reviewed by Raphael Israeli Read More »

Raphael Israeli on Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism 1917-1948, by Hillel Cohen

Collaboration in the Crosshairs of History
Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism 1917-1948, by Hillel Cohen, UC Press, 2008, 268 pp + notes, bibliography and index
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The New Demographic Balance in Europe and its Consequences

Some European Muslim leaders make no secret of their intent to change Europe to their tune, not to adapt to it. They demand their own school systems, in their own native languages, financed by the host state and, in the long run, to its own detriment. There are already areas in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Britain where Muslim children constitute the majority of the school population. Read More »

The New Muslim Anti-Semitism: Exploring Novel Avenues of Hatred

Anti-Semitism is an inherent part of Islamic culture, and it was reinforced over the centuries both by themes imported from Christian anti-Semitism, such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the blood libel, well-poisoning, and the like, and by the impact of the Arab-Israeli dispute. Read More »

Poison: The Use of Blood Libel in the War Against Israel

On the morning of March 21, 1983, one week before Pesach, in a high school in the town of Arrabeh in the Jenin area of the West Bank, Palestinian girls (between the ages of 15 and 17) were sitting in several classrooms when they suddenly began to faint, one after the other. They were taken to hospital and checked, but no medical reason was found for their fainting. Yet they had fainted, so a search began in order to find the reason. Read More »

Armistice in Jerusalem Once Again?

Since the 1967 Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem, new Israeli neighborhoods have grown as satellite towns all around the core of the city beyond the old demarcation line. Mount Scopus, now connected to the city by a major network of highways, has been rebuilt into a mammoth fortress-campus which accommodates Hebrew University and the Hadassah Hospital. New roads and highways crisscross the city, linking its new neighborhoods. Read More »

Anti-Semitism Revived: The Impact of the Intifada on Muslim Immigrant Groups in Western Democracies

Since the Al-Aqsa Intifada erupted in the Middle East in late September 2000, an almost simultaneous wave of violent anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment has accompanied it in the Western democracies, initiated and executed mainly by locally nationalized Arab or Muslim immigrants, long established or recent arrivals, legal or illegal. Read More »

The Anti-Millennium: The Islamization of Nazareth

On 21 December 1997, just four days before Christmas, Muslim zealots fenced in the area at the foot of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, declared it waqf land (a Muslim holy endowment), erected a large tent as a provisional mosque, and demanded the construction of a permanent mosque with a towering 86-meter minaret. Read More »

Islamic Fundamentalism in the Public Square

Muslim fundamentalists throughout the Islamic world have seized upon the question of legitimacy of the regimes under which they live, absolute monarchies and all other forms of
authoritarian rule, in order to come to the public square and pose them selves as popular alternatives to the existing unpopular regimes. This links up with the basic suspicion of the West which prevails among these movements, due to the corrupting nature of Western values which contradict Islam, and the alliance that the Islamists find between their corrupt regimes and that same West. To attain their goal, the Islamists have developed a vocabulary and a plethora of symbols to replace the secular institutions and the political jargon that was borrowed from the West. This essay includes a case study of the struggle between the PLO and Hamas in the Palestinian Authority. Read More »

The Islamic Movement in Israel

On the eve of the High Holidays in Israel in September 1999, just days after the Sharm al-Sheikh accord was signed by Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch the peace process between them, two car-bombs exploded in the northern cities of Haifa and Tiberias, injuring innocent passers-by. Within days, the Israeli security authorities had arrested six Israeli Arabs, all affiliated with the northern faction of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Read More »

A National Solution to the Palestinian Problem

A National Solution to the Palestinian Problem

The Madrid and Washington peace talks have elevated the question of the Palestinians to new heights of international interest. The reason for this is directly tied to the results of the Second Gulf War (the First Gulf War was the Iran-Iraq War). The Americans had promised Israel that as a result of the war many things would change in the Middle East, but many things did not change. Read More »

The Future of the “Peace Process”

The Arabs in Israel: A Surging New Identity

Most of the focus on Arab-Israeli relations over the last two decades has centered on the situation of the Arabs in the administered territories, to the neglect of the Arabs in Israel. Yet the intifada has triggered scattered acts of violence by Israel’s Arabs as well, mandating a new look at this community. Read More »

The Arabs in Israel: A Surging New Identity