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Bio – Yisrael Ne’eman

Yisrael Ne’eman is an historian and political analyst focusing on the development of the Israeli State, its ideologies and policies both in the past and in real time. He received a BA in history from Rutgers University and completed an MA in Modern Jewish History at the University of Haifa. His areas of specialization include the Middle East Conflict, Jewish History and Israel/Zionist Ideologies. He received his Israel national tour guide license in 1992.  

He lectures at the University of Haifa International School since 1991 where he instructs the core course "Contemporary Israel: History and Society" during the year. In the summer he applies his integrated talents of teaching and guiding to lead "The Land of Israel: The Jewish Connection" three week study tour. Yisrael lectures and leads tours for various educational organizations throughout the country, often building full courses and academic touring experiences, at times for university credit. His specific educational expertise concerns experiential programs for university students.  

Like many Israelis the military was an integral part of his life for many years. Yisrael served in the IDF as a combat medic from 1978 to 1980 and as a reservist he saw six tours of duty in the First Lebanon War in the 1980s where he was the senior NCO of a battalion aid/evacuation station. Until his discharge from the reserves in 2003, Yisrael spent over 23 years as a senior combat medic on the Lebanese and Golan borders.  

Emphasizing ideology and Zionist realization he made aliyah in 1977, working at Kibbutz Elrom in the Golan Heights until he was drafted the following year. After his military discharge he began raising a family in Jerusalem and following in the path of the early Labor ideologues, joined the "working class" learning a trade as a stainless steel craftsman. By late 1984 the family moved to the Galilean development town of Ma’alot. While on the northern border he taught newly arrived Ethiopian teenagers metal work and English as a second language during the day while instructing Diaspora Jewish students in Jewish history and Middle Eastern studies for Jewish Agency programming in evening sessions.  

In 1989 Yisrael and Elliot Chodoff partnered to form Hamartzim Educational Services. Together they founded and direct the Mideast on Target e-journal and newsletter.  

Yisrael and his family joined the Eshchar community village in the Lower Galilee in 1988 where the mixed religious/secular ideology of community Judaism dominates daily life. In recent years Eco-Zionism and plans for preservation and restoration of the natural beauty of the Galilee have been integrated into community understandings. Taking this as a major ideological challenge, Yisrael has been on the local council at various times serving for eleven years, nine of them as chairman. Major development plans under his auspices brought dozens more families into the town. Advocating a "good neighbor" policy he worked with the Beduin community of Arab Al-Na'im to establish municipal borders, cross-community cooperation, planning and future development for both communities sharing their joint Galilean hilltop.  

Yisrael lectures in Israel and abroad while continuing to lead tours. His masters thesis focuses on the rise of American Jewish student advocacy from 1967 – 1973 with the emphasis on Zionist activities on US campuses. Over the years he engaged in further investigation concerning American Labor Zionist activism and aliyah to kibbutz in Israel. In an effort to analyze Arab/Islamic issues he is presently researching the ideological and historical foundations of Hamas for a book to be entitled Hamas: Jihadism and Antisemitism in the Guise of Palestinian Nationalism.  

 

Yisrael and his wife Susan have four children.