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Israeliness in No Man’s Land

Citizenship in the West Bank of Israel/Palestine


Yarden Enav

This book is the result of ethnographic research carried out in the Academic College of Judea & Samaria (ACJS), located in the West Bank of Israel/Palestine. The book deals with Israeli citizenship and identity, and examines the ways in which it is being understood and imagined by ACJS students and teachers. The book also analyzes the Orange Zionist organizational culture of the ACJS. In the end, a new socio-political model of Israel/Palestine is offered: Israel as a Zionist Democracy.
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Chapter 4: Studying the ACJS


At lunchtime, Yigal Cohen-Orgad [the chair of the board of directors of the ACJS] ran into the Middle East expert Alex Bligh in the cafeteria of the department of architecture. Bligh, who lectures at the college, pulled out the current issue of the international journal Israel Affairs, which is devoted to ‘the Palestinian Arabs’ and which Bligh edited. ‘It came out this morning,’ he said, holding the periodical in front of Cohen-Orgad’s nose. ‘You can still smell the print.’ The smell was of no interest to Cohen-Orgad. ‘Is the name of the college mentioned?’ he asked. Bligh leafed through the journal until he came to one of his articles in which he was identified as a lecturer from the College of Judea & Samaria. Cohen-Orgad reacted to this like a child who has just received a gift. ‘That’s the most important thing,’ he said, waving the periodical, ‘that the whole world should know that the College of Judea & Samaria is on the map.’

(‘The College of Judea & Samaria – On the Map, Thanks to the Road’,By Daniel Ben-Shimon, Ha’aretz, May 23, 2003)

This chapter is an introduction with the ACJS (The Academic College of Judea & Samaria).129 It is also a sociological analysis of its unique organizational culture. The analysis continues in the next chapter. In these two chapters together we will try to understand what does this college, located in the middle of the West Bank of Israel/Palestine (the...

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