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UPCOMING EVENTS

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"Resentment and Populist Politics: The Case of Israel"
Democracy in Israel Series via Zoom
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Analyzing the 2021 Israeli Election: Results and Prospects
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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A State at Any Cost: The Life and Legacy of David Ben-Gurion
Harry C. Sigman Distinguished Lecture in Israel Studies
Thursday, April 15, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM (Pacific Time)

MULTIMEDIA

PODCAST
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ISRAEL IN DEPTH – With guest Kenneth S. Stern talking about antisemitism and Israel.

On this episode of Israel in Depth, Kenneth Stern, discusses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and the controversy surrounding it. Recorded February 18, 2021....

Webinar Recording
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Public Trust in Israel's Judiciary: The Effect of Political Polarization

On February 17, Professor Menachem Hofnung and Dr. Nir Atmor shared insights into why Israel's judiciary, principally the Supreme Court, has faced an onslaught of attacks in the past two decades and how that trend...


NEWS & ARTICLES

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Center publishes third issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Spring 2021 issue features an article by Bar-Ilan University Professor Eytan Gilboa, "What Do Americans Think of Israel? Long-Term Trends and Socio-Demographic Shifts."

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Q&A with Prof. Menachem Hofnung on the trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Professor Menachem Hofnung discusses the resumed corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hofnung teaches in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a visiting professor at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

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Faculty Q&A: Biden and the Future of U.S.-Israel Relations

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and the director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks about President-elect Joe Biden and the future of U.S.-Israel relations.

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Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies mourns the passing of preeminent Israeli legal scholar Ruth Gavison

The renowned scholar and prominent activist for civil rights was committed to preserving Israel's identity as a Jewish and democratic state.


FACULTY & SCHOLAR NEWS

Center director quoted in Israeli daily Haaretz on AIPAC

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, is quoted in Haaretz article, "This Time, AIPAC Stays Silent on Netanyahu's Alliance With Far-right, Anti-gay Party" (February 17).


Professor Waxman quoted in article on incoming Biden administration

Professor Dov Waxman, director of Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, was quoted in an article Jan. 19 about the incoming Biden administration, foreign policy, and Israel – "Biden's Push for National Stability Vs. Israel's Political Merry-Go-Round".


DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Welcome to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Israel is a small country that looms large in public and academic discourse. The passions it evokes often present obstacles to nuanced analysis and civil discussion. Understanding the complexities of modern Israel requires knowledge from many academic disciplines and an awareness of multiple viewpoints and narratives. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and ...(read more)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Call for Applications for Graduate Research Grants
Graduate student grants for $2,500-$7,500 are available to conduct research in Israel Studies. The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies oversees the program and welcomes applications from UCLA graduate students in a wide range of disciplines. For more information, visit our research/funding opportunities page.

Third Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies
The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites submissions to its third annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies. This year, the conference will take place virtually, via Zoom, on Tuesday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Center research initiative to focus on “Democracy in Israel: Past, Present and Future”
Coming in 2021, the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies will launch a series of virtual public lectures and a closed research colloquium exploring "Democracy in Israel: Past, Present, and Future." The first in the series of public lectures will be given Jan. 12 by eminent Israeli political scientist Shlomo Avineri.

Charitable donations eligible for special tax benefits in 2020
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that includes several charitable tax provisions. Click here to learn how you can take advantage of these provisions.

Center sponsoring diverse courses in Winter quarter
The classes cover a wide range of topics, including modern Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, and literature, and can count towards a number of different degrees in departments across campus.

Y&S Nazarian Center launches annual newsletter

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is excited to launch its inaugural ​annual newsletter, which features the center's teaching, research and outreach activities for the campus and the broader community.

Center accepting applications for 2020-21 Student Advisory Council
The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites students of all backgrounds and majors to apply to serve on our 2020-21 Student Advisory Council.

Call for applications for visiting scholar positions
The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites applications for Visiting Scholar positions for the 2021-2022 academic year (September 20, 2021 - June 10, 2022). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of March 1, 2021.