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Donna Robinson Divine

Aaron Bandler

Donna Robinson Divine is the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government, Emerita at Smith College where she taught a variety of courses on Middle East Politics. Her books include Women Living Change:  Cross-Cultural PerspectivesEssays from the Smith College Research Project on Women and Social Change;  Politics and Society in Ottoman Palestine:  The Arab Struggle for Survival and Power, Postcolonial Theory and The Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Exiled in the Homeland:Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine, Named the Katharine Asher Engel lecturer at Smith College for the 2012-2013 academic year in recognition of her scholarly achievements, she was also designated as Smith's Honored Professor for the excellence of her teaching. President of the Association for Israel Studies from 2017-2019, Affiliate Professor at Israel's University of Haifa she was named to Algemeiner’s 2019 list of the top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life”.

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7 October: The Campus ‘18th Brumaire’

The campus crusade directed at Israel’s war against Hamas mirrors the performative politics captured by Marx in his 18th Brumaire. The New York Times submerges the adulation for rape and torture in a tide of articles on college social life or as a matter…

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Preserving pomp and ignoring the circumstances

It must say something about American higher education that so many university presidents are applauded for ending weeks of student encampments protesting the Gaza War that threatened to disrupt graduation ceremonies. The resumption of the normal end of semester calendar,…

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Middle East Studies

I was recently told a story about a Jewish professor of Islamic studies who, some years ago, was seen standing bewildered outside the hotel gift shop at the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in a North…

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Settler Colonialism Backfires

Of all the catchwords hijacked by the study of the Middle East Conflict, none has turned taboos inside out more than settler colonialism. It is the linguistic warrant for bringing an indictment against Israel for denying Palestinians the freedom and…

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