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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2019


Donna Robinson Divine

Professor, Smith College

Donna Robinson Divine, professor emerita at Smith College, was one of the guest editors of a special summer issue of Israel Studies, where she addressed the need to reclaim the language of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “How the change [in attitudes toward Israel] took hold in academia is best understood by focusing on the vocabulary that purports to show why the establishment of a Jewish state was an international crime that can only be undone by taking command of the language deployed to study Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians,” Divine wrote. While some critics questioned the quality of the journal’s scholarship, the issue’s editors and contributors defended its content and said the controversy was fueled in large part by academics who are sympathetic to Israel boycotts. Divine, who is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish, also served as president of the Association for Israel Studies from 2017-2019 and as an adjunct professor at Israel's University of Haifa. (Photo: Courtesy)


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Günther Jikeli

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