If I am not for myself, who will be for me? The Jewish People and Indigenous Resilience

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska parken 22-1017
  • Lecturer: Dr. Adv. Havatzelet Yahel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Website
  • Organiser: Forum för judiska studier
  • Contact person: Lars M. Andersson
  • Seminarium

Like many Indigenous groups around the world, the Jewish people have suffered throughout history from various prohibitions and restrictions, forced assimilation and migration. In different places, they have been treated as inferior to others. Their history is permeated with pogroms and killings. However, when we look at the Jewish people during the past decades, we witness an outstanding case study of resilience and recovery via a remarkable process of collective healing and growth. The Jewish people became a unique instance of a group of people who returned to their ancient homeland to revive their communal life.

The study examines the Jewish people’s case within the framework of Indigenous resilience studies. First, it provides an overview of the development of the Indigenous discourse in the international arena. Next, it introduces resilience methods developed by Indigenous People around the world. Following, it briefly reviews the long history of the Jewish people while highlighting some of the resilience strategies that were used to ensure the historical and cultural continuity of the Jewish People. This part also presents prominent figures whose writings can help in the understanding of the Jewish way of thinking. Finally, it offers conclusions and directions for future research.

Dr. Adv. Havatzelet Yahel, is a Senior Faculty Member and holds the Michael Feige Career Development Chair in Israeli Society, at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government after receiving the Israel Wexner fellowship for excellence in the public sector, and BA in Economy and in LLB in Law from Tel-Aviv University. Before joining the academy, she was the Deputy to the Southern District Attorney (Civil Matters) at the Ministry of Justice in Israel. Her research interests include the study of indigenous and minority population, land and settlements policies, historical geography, museology and more. Her recent publications include: The Jewish People and Indigenous Resilience, in Global Indigenous Mental Health 2021; Israel and International Law: The Indigenous Concept in Supreme Court Rulings in Israel Studies 2021; Tribalism, Religion, and the State in Bedouin society - between conservation and change in Strategic Assessment 2021 (with Atef Abu-Ajaj); National Hiking Trails: Regularization, Statutory Planning and Legislation in Land Use Policy 2021 (with Rachel Katoshevski & Emir Galilee) and more.

Zoom link for registration

Dr. Adv. Havatzelet Yahel