The Israel Studies Review (ISR) is the journal of the Association for Israel Studies, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of Israeli society, history, politics, and culture.

ISR (this Journal has appeared previously under the title Israel Studies Forum or Israel Studies Bulletin or Israel Studies Newsletter) explores modern and contemporary Israel from the perspective of the social sciences, history, the humanities, and cultural studies and welcomes submissions on these subjects. The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world; it encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israel.

One of the main tasks of the ISR is to review in a timely manner recent books on Israel-related themes, published in English and Hebrew. Authors and publishers are invited to send their books for review consideration.

The Israel Studies Review editors fully recognize the passions and controversies present in this field. They are dedicated to the mission of the ISR as a non-partisan journal publishing scholarship of the highest quality, and are proud to contribute to the growth and development of the field of Israel Studies.

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Israel Studies Review

Volume 37/2022, 3 issues p.a.

ISSN 2159-0370 (Print) • ISSN 2159-0389 (Online)


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Call for Papers

Call for Papers


Special Issue, Israel Studies Review

Grave concerns about the perils of regime change in Israel demand serious scholarly attention. As Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt wrote in their acclaimed How Democracies Die (2018), and others have corroborated (e.g. Nancy Bermeo, 2016), the breakdown of democratic regimes in the twenty-first century is no longer carried out primarily with guns and tanks. Rather, contemporary democracies are in danger when politicians “try to weaken the institutional buffers of our democracy, including the courts,” “intimidate the free press,” “treat political rivals as enemies,” and more broadly “subvert the very process that brought them to power” (Levitsky and Ziblatt, 2018: 2-3). Systems of checks and balances are the cornerstone of liberal democracies. In their absence, civil liberties, including the right to pursue and disseminate knowledge, are at risk.

The editors of the journal Israel Studies Review are inviting paper proposals for a special issue on the perils of regime change in Israel. We are interested in papers focusing on diverse aspects of the topic from a variety of disciplines. Areas of interest include but are not limited to law and the judiciary, media, education, the place of religion in public life, gender equality, minority rights, and cultural expressions and censorship. Scholars are welcome to propose additional related areas as long as they fit within the broader theme of the special issue.

Given the need to discuss these real-life developments in real time, the editors are planning to expedite the production of this issue. As such, the timeline for submission of proposals and papers is tighter than usual. 

Scholars wishing to contribute should submit a paper proposal abstract of about 250 words to Please note that due to journal space limitations, it is possible that not all strong proposals will be accepted.

Accepted papers will be 6,000-7,000 words (including references). Authors are responsible for following ISR guidelines and submitting a complete and original manuscript.


Proposal abstracts: February 8, 2023

Acceptance/Rejection decisions: February 20, 2023

Drafts of full papers: July 15, 2023

Please note that we are looking for academic research articles. The Israel Studies Review does not publish opinion pieces or articles of journalistic nature. All submissions will undergo peer-review as per the norm in the Israel Studies Review. 

Latest Issue of ISR

Latest issue of Israel Studies Review: Studying BDS 
Volume 37 Issue 3

Editors’ Note
Oded Haklai and Adia Mendelson-Maoz

Special Section: Studying BDS
Guest Editor: Ronnie Olesker

Diasporas as Audiences of Securitization: Jewish American Diaspora and BDS
Ronnie Olesker

The Palestinians, Israel, and BDS: Strategies and Struggles in Wars of Position
Ian S. Lustick and Nathaniel Shils

A Game of Whac-A-Mole: The BDS Movement and Its Fluidity across International Political Opportunity Structures
Naama Lutz

Explaining Non-Diasporic Mobilizations for Distant Causes: A Comparative Study of the Palestinian and Kurdish Struggles
David Zarnett

General Articles
Gendered National Memory on Israeli Postage Stamps: From Gender Blindness to Feminist Commemoration
Einat Lachover and Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler

Book Reviews
Nohad 'Ali, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Barak Mendelsohn, and Liar Berdugo

Film Review

Dana Masad 


Dear AIS Members and Friends,

It is my pleasure to announce the new co-editors of the Israel Studies Review Journal: Professors Oded Haklai and Adia Mendelson-Maoz as co-editors, with Rami Zeedan as the Book Review Editor. The new editors will assume their positions this coming summer. All three are accomplished scholars in different fields of Israel Studies located in Canada, Israel and the United States. They represent a genuine cross-disciplinary and international collaboration which will surely be reflected in the future issues of the journal.

I would also like to use this opportunity to thank the members of the search committee, chaired by Prof. Ilan Peleg, and including Prof. Ayelet Harel Shalev and Prof. Paul Scham for conducting a comprehensive and meticulous search process.   

Finally, I would like to thank Prof. Yoram Peri and Prof. Paul Scham for their long-time work as editors of the ISR. Thanks to them, the ISR has become one of the most prestigious publications in the field and a venue for excellent scholarship that enriched the field of Israel Studies as a whole.


Yael Aronoff

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